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Outgoing chairman has fond memories

Baliffgate Museum Trustees Adrian Ions, John Chappells, Sister Brigid and Tom Pattinson.

Baliffgate Museum Trustees Adrian Ions, John Chappells, Sister Brigid and Tom Pattinson.

A dedicated volunteer who has given many years’ service to a town’s floral efforts and museum has stepped down from his duties as chairman.

But Tom Pattinson says he has left the roles on Alnwick in Bloom and the Bailiffgate Museum on a high note and believes the future is bright for both.

Having been chairman of Alnwick in Bloom since the early 1980s and chairman of trustees at the museum since it opened in 2002, Tom, believes the time was right to vacate both positions.

“You have got to have new blood coming in,” he said.

“I also do a number of things and I was spreading myself too thin. I enjoy riding horses and I am also a Northumbria in Bloom judge, which takes up a lot of time. If you can’t do something with 100 per cent effort and time, then I think it is best to step back .”

Tom has happy memories of his time as chairman of Alnwick in Bloom, including the town winning eight gold awards in last year’s Northumbria in Bloom competition.

Tom’s association with the floral group is not over, as he holds the role of president. He says he has been succeeded as chairman by the very capable Elizabeth Jones.

There have also been highlights for Tom during his reign as the museum’s chairman of trustees, including the Duke of Northumberland opening the venue and launching the new-look museum this year.

Tom is pleased that the venue helped shape the careers of its three former curator/managers. The volunteer position of chairman of trustees is yet to be filled. Anyone interested should email ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

 

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