New chairman for Buxton Fringe

F20131113%20Fringe%20Chair%20handoverThe new chairman of the Buxton Festival Fringe is former  vice chairman, Keith Savage.

He has taken over the reins from Stephanie Billen, chairman for the past five years, following the committee’s annual general meeting held on Wednesday November 13.

In her final report Stephanie explained that her ambition has been to do well everything that they had promised to do.

She also highlighted the fringe’s growing work in the community and thanked the many volunteers who had contributed to the success of the fringe.

Stephanie said: “In stepping down now I do so with my enthusiasm intact and with enough residual energy to still contribute in quite a big way behind the scenes.”

Keith, a long term fringe committee member and entries co-ordinator, said: “We all owe Stephanie Billen a great deal for her hard work and patience over the past five years – she has made the integrity and reputation of the Fringe a priority. She has also assembled a committee of volunteers with the skills and passion needed to ensure the continued success of an organization that contributes enormously to the life of the town.”

In other changes, Maria Carnegie took over from Keith as  vice-chairman and Pam Mason steped into Maria’s old role as secretary, while Barbara Wilson remains treasurer.

Stephanie was then presented with some gifts from the committee including a handsomely bound copy of the programmes for the five fringes she presided over, and a natural light lamp, which will come in useful as Stephanie has more time to pursue her artistic interests.