Welcome Friends of Osborne

Aerial Shot of the Osborne Estate

New Chairman's Statement

I am delighted to have been asked to become the next Chair of the board of trustees following Tim King’s decision to step down.  Tim has led the board and represented the Friends of Osborne admirably and might I also add, with a certain style and panache that will be difficult to follow!  I wish him well and hope to benefit from his continued support and considerable experience as I take on the honour, from His Honour, of this new role.

Many of you will know that my association with the Friends goes back a number of years and my association with English Heritage even longer.   I know personally how Osborne has benefited from donations generated by the activities of the Friends and the list of projects we have donated to, artefacts that we have helped to secure and events that we have helped to support, creates a long and impressive list of achievements.   The Friends of Osborne are arguably the most consistent and successful fund raisers of any volunteer body connected to any of English Heritage’s four hundred plus sites.

Your continued support of the Friends events programme, membership contributions and other volunteer work, will ensure that we have funds available, secured for Osborne, as and when the need arises to fund a project or secure an artefact.  However let us not forget, that visiting, supporting and promoting Osborne continues to be a real joy and a pleasure – and one which goes towards securing its future for generations to come. 

Rob Flower
Chairman of Trustees

14 August 2019

Upcoming events in

September 2019

Thursday 26th September – Friendly Bridge for Friends of Osborne

Saturday 28th September – Black Tie Gala Dinner

Friendly Bridge for Friends of Osborne

We are hoping that some FOO members might like to join us in a game of Bridge on a Thursday morning at Osborne House.

Our standard is only at Improver level so no training can be offered, but we believe that it would provide an opportunity to meet more members whilst enjoying a game of cards.

Arrangements will be made for a game of Bridge in the Friends’ Rooms at 10.00am on Thursday 26th September 2019 to see how things go.

Harp Recital – Friday 11th October

Theresa, the harpist who was due to play at the picnic at Swiss Cottage, will be giving a free recital in our rooms on Friday 11th October in the evening.  Allison has now contacted all members who attended the picnic to see if they would like to attend.

Chairman of Trustees Steps Aside

His Honour Timothy King has resigned as Chairman of the Trustees with effect from 19 July 2019, feeling that it is time to pass the reins to someone else to bring fresh ideas to our activities and fund raising events.  

Tim has been our Chairman since the Charity was incorporated in the summer of 2015 during which time the ‘Friends’ have gone from strength to strength with our membership now in excess of 800.  During his tenure, we have also moved into a new suite of rooms which are used for various Friends events including the popular Library talks.  The rooms and library are opened to members on Thursday mornings.

We look forward to seeing Tim at future events and are pleased that he will continue to support the Friends which has thrived during his time as Chairman.

His successor has yet to be decided.

23 July 2019

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