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Christmas Message from TTBS President Ivan Savage
22nd December 2017

Christmas Message from TTBS President Ivan Savage

“On behalf of the Society’s Trustees, the Board of Management and most importantly, our many UK beneficiaries, I would like to thank you for all the support you have given the Society throughout the year.

By the end of 2017, we will have distributed circa £147,000.00 of regular allowances & other benefits to assist the retired and sick from the timber industry and also some younger beneficiaries, who have fallen ill, have become handicapped or who have lost partners and are still caring for children.

This will be a similar amount to 2016 and reflects the increases to regular allowances that we have made and also the Society’s success in finding new beneficiaries to replace those sadly departed during the year.

Our beneficiaries are helped in many ways with a combination of various grants and allowances, including quarterly payments, TV licences, telephone allowances, payments in the Spring and at Christmas, a winter fuel allowance and luxury Christmas hampers. We also make one-off grants for domestic appliances and disabled equipment as well as the occasional respite break, debt relief and help with funeral expenses.

We could not do it without your corporate and individual financial donations or without the incredible support you give to our National Golf event. In 2017, this was held at the Q Hotels Slayley Hall golf complex sponsored by Lonza Wood Protection and their very generous sub-sponsors.

We are still looking for a main sponsor for the 2018 National Golf, scheduled for Friday 6th July, so please contact me at if you would be interested in taking up this opportunity with our major annual event.

In addition, all the other Regional golf days, clay shoots, curry nights, lunches, dinners and other social events organised by our nine Regional TTBS Committees around the UK provide an exceptional social programme for the Timber industry and guests to enjoy. All these are regularly updated on our Events page on

We continue to seek new beneficiaries and this will be an ongoing priority. With the ever-changing industry, much of the personal contact has been lost and when people retire from work or are forced to finish because of long term health issues, they are invariably quickly forgotten.

So the TTBS strives to address this through company HR departments, to drill down throughout their organisations, to ensure employees know where they can get help from in the future.

Critically, the Society, being the “Timber Trades Own Charity” continues the networking with the timber industry to ensure that we are in the forefront for charity support from companies and their employees. We understand that there are many worthwhile organisations asking for your support, but “charity starts at home” so please continue to give us your support.

During 2017, I and my predecessor as National President, Robert Bruce, have dedicated a great deal of effort in connecting with as many companies and industry associations as possible and we are most grateful to them all for the opportunity to do so.

In particular, we would mention the Timber Trades Journal, the London Hardwood Club, the Timber Trade Federation, the regional Timber Trade Associations, the Trussed Rafter Association, the Structural Timber Association, Radar Communications, the NPPD Dinner and the Plywood Luncheon Club who have given us financial support and the opportunity to speak directly to the senior industry representatives at their respective events.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your families and all your business colleagues, a very happy festive period and a healthy and successful 2018.”


Ivan Savage

TTBS General Manager & National President