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Surveys

2003 Survey - Survey of Community

31 questionnaires issued – 21 people responded (68%)

All wish the society to proceed; 10 saying they will help with events; 5 saying they will take part in the Steering Group

Areas of Interest

- More than 60% of votes went for: History of buildings; traditional crafts and skills; countryside habitats; tracing and recording place names; street and field names.
- Remainder: Local traditions; Archaeology; Oral records; photography; Genealogy; Setting up website
- New Areas Suggested: Open garden days; arranged walks; Maypole dancing; Hop pickers/fruit pickers event (Dance?); Harvest events; Events like Blossom Day; Event celebrating traditional rites; transport-industry

Annual Membership Fees

68% were happy with £5-10; 39% were happy with £10-15; 19% were happy with £15-20; 10% were happy with £20-25.

Discounts for events: Everyone thought discounts should be considered. Generally, the higher the annual fee agreed, the bigger the discounts were suggested for events (including “free events” if annual fee was £20-25).

Charges for events: 43% said £5; Only one vote for £7.50; three votes for a lower charge; some said “depends of the event”; 38% didn't’t comment.

Frequency of Steering Group Meetings

Fairly evenly spread between monthly - two monthly – quarterly. Suggestions made that meetings between 4-6 weeks while trying to build up awareness, new blood into organisation, and membership of the society. Perhaps going to every two months after a while.

Timing of Society meetings: Monday or Wednesday strongly favoured. Saturday/Sunday strongly to be avoided. 8 o’clock start time strongly favoured (some are happy with 7.30).

Timing of events would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis – but evening events should be on Monday or Wednesday.

2005 Survey - Survey of Membership

42 review forms issued - 27 were returned (64% response rate)
- this reflected the views of 56% of our actual membership -

Question 1: Member Interests
I am interested in
Number of responses
% of response
Attending events
25
96%
Leading an event
2
8%
Helping with research
12
44%
Assisting with arrangements
1
4%
Joining the committee
3
12%

* There were some volunteers to lead and support research projects.
* Several volunteers identified themselves as willing to assist in event arrangements.
* There were additional members willing to join the Management Committee.

Question 2: Areas of Interest
Topics Number of Responses % of Response
Countryside habitats 15 58%
Photographic records 7 27%
Oral history 9 33%
Traditional skills and crafts 12 46%
Recording place names 6 23%
History of buildings 16 62%
Archaeology 10 38%
Local tradition etc 8 31%
Genealogy 5 19%
Street and field names 15 58%

Member Suggestions:

* Historic walking tours of the Parish.
* Talk by Ray Harrison on ancient agricultural buildings.
* Footpaths (rights of way) their origins and why. Also their decline as paths other than for leisure purposes.
* A local footpath walk.
* Roman history of the area (and any other invaders).
* Overview of the evolution of the Kent Countryside (e.g. through the eyes of “History of the Countryside” by Oliver Rackham).
* Broader issues such as climate change, DEFRA, the environment, CPRE, Kent Development Planning etc.

Question 3: Annual Membership Fee
 
Number of Responses
% of Responses
Right Level
25
96%
Not right level
2
7%

Responses where it was felt that the membership fee was not at the correct level noted:

* that the fee should be higher with free entry to events for members, or
* changed so that the fees meet the running costs

Question 4: Should there be a discount policy?
Yes
13
48%
No
12
46%
No response
2
8%

Of those who said there should be a discount policy:
* 9 said for retired people
* 10 said for under 16s
* 10 said for family membership
* 1 said for unemployed students
* 1 suggested Honorary membership
* 1 suggested membership to all children at Lynsted and Norton School

Question 5: Charging for Events
Number of Responses
% of Responses
Right Level
24
92%
Not Right Level
1
4%
No Response
1
4%

 

Question 6: Frequency of Events
  Number of Responses % of Responses
Monthly 1 4%
Six weekly 13 50%
Two monthly 11 42%
Quarterly 2 8%
No Response    

* Several people voted for more than one option

Question 7: Best days for events
  Evening Events % of Events Daytime Events
      a.m. % p.m. %
Monday 6 23% 3 12% 5 19%
Tuesday 10 38% 5 19% 5 19%
Wednesday 15 58% 6 23% 6 23%
Thursday 14 54% 7 27% 9 35%
Friday 9 35% 5 19% 10 38%
Saturday 6 23% 9 35% 12 46%
Sunday 5 19% 8 31% 9 35%

 

Question 8: Preferred Start Times
 
Number of Responses
% of Responses
7.00 p.m.
4
15%
7.30 p.m.
9
35%
8.00 p.m.
10
38%
8.30 p.m.
0
0%

* One suggestion of 7pm start in winter and 7.30 in summer

Preferred Venue
 
Number of Responses
% of Responses
Lynsted Church Community Room
20
77%
Belle Friday Centre
4
15%
Norton Village Hall
11
42%

* One member suggested the Village School as an alternative.
[2007 Note: Greenstreet Methodist Hall has established itself as an accessible and popular venue for Society meetings and talks]

Question 9: Members comments

I think there are many interesting events that we have not attended purely because of lack of time. You are doing a grand job so please continue as you are. I’m afraid I cannot think of anything you are not doing already.

Thank you for all your hard work. John and I now feel that we are included in the Lynsted Community. How about an event to celebrate the harvest in the autumn?

Linkages to other organisation/societies in the area with similar interests.

Sorry that we have not attended many functions but we have been away or otherwise engaged.