The most significant changes in the accounts from the previous year were on the income side where revenue from new members and annual subscriptions was lower than usual. The executive committee concluded that increasing use of on-line banking was a contributory factor which needed to be addressed if the Association is to continue to grow its membership. It was therefore decided to spend a capital sum upgrading the now dated website, into which would be built a facility for on-line payments. On the positive side the popularity of the garden visits
resulted in a larger surplus and costs were kept under control, so there was a small improvement in the overall cash balance.
Nonetheless membership numbers did increase during the year and now stand at 695 individuals and 27 parish councils and other organisations.
2019 - Read about Tudor living on a grand scale at Alston Court, how Samuel Courtauld & Co. shaped our towns and villages, hear inspiring stories of local vineyards Tuffon Hall and West Street, get an update on the Dedham Vale AONB extension, and take a tour round Polstead Mill, one of East Anglia's beautiful secret gardens.
2018 - Read about Hedingham Castle, a new National Centre for Gainsborough in Sudbury, award-winning new Gins from Adnams, aspects of our Industrial Heritage, the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project, and take a look at the proposed new Constitution for CSCA..
2016 - Interesting articles on medieval graffiti, farming in the Stour Valley, exploring our AONB, early settlers from the Stour Valley to America, the archaeology of a local farm, a wonderful catalogue of British birds, celebrating a Suffolk joinery business, the weather from a South African winery.