Trustees, friends, and colleagues in great number came together on Easter Saturday 2019 for a dual celebration: Melissa’s 80th birthday, and the gifting of the lease to the newly-completed Trust headquarters on Chapel Street, Penzance to its Trustees (997 years remaining!).
Melissa and Phil purchased it three years ago and until now have been working hard with our trusty gang of volunteers to make it ready for community use and civic service into the future (quite an achievement when you realise that we bought it as a derelict late-night bar & nightclub!). The day was sunny and warm – and the champers slid down a treat – the cakes were scrumptious (made by Louise Hosken of the Penzance Tennis Club). In a witty speech (says Melissa & everyone agreed) Phil gave a brief report about how they met and the way in which the Trust was formed more than a quarter of a century ago, and grew into a registered charity in the educational world.
The transfer document to Hypatia House (offices and residence) was received by Trustee Andrew Bell on behalf of the Hypatia trustees as a gesture of confidence in a worthwhile and sustainable future for the organisation. Some small brooches based on a replica of the Hypatia logo made by the artist Felix Faulkner in about 1990, were presented to the Hypatia trustees currently in office, and to several others who have worked hard for the Trust over recent years. They will continue to be awarded as significant landmark projects are achieved – and as Melissa advised: ‘they can be earned’ through your hard work in community service.