January 2016 - Annual General Meeting
The meeting was called to order at
8.05 pm and everyone was welcomed by our Chairman Jim Lawrie.
Apologies were received from Jeff
Plummer, Clive Mayers, David Rice, Martin Terry, Malcolm & Pam Freemantle,
Mick Freeborn, Steve Cox, Will Bien, Dee Boscoe, Shaun Thompson, George
Sutcliffe and Harry & Sue Wadley. (14)
Thank you to all that managed to
make it so we could have an AGM!
Northdowns Minutes of AGM 2015
These had been sent to all Email
members before the meeting and hard copies were given out at the meeting and
there were no matters arising.
(Minutes then taken as a true
account of AGM 2015: Proposed by Alex Whitman – Seconded by Derek Ham)
The Chairman then gave his
Welcome to the AGM, which gives the
members an opportunity to elect officers to carry the Club forward in 2016.
We have 44 members and almost £2,500
Club funds. So the Club is in a pretty healthy state.
Thanks to our General Secretary,
Tony, we had a varied programme last year. Most notably, we had the
following guest speakers: Gary Hale, from Neath in Wales, who won the BS
Club Show in 2005; Roy Aplin; and a novel and interesting talk on foreign
birds by Ray Piper (Chairman of Havant CBS) - it was a pity that only 14
members attended to hear him.
Our General Secretary, Tony,
announced his intention to stand down from his office in 2016, as he had
been doing this job for over10 years and thought it time to take a back seat
– though willing to help his successor.
We held an EGM at our September
meeting, the purpose of which was not to take decisions and vote in new
officers but to bring to the Club’s attention and give plenty of notice of
the need for new officials to be appointed at the AGM.
I too announced that for personal
reasons I would not be standing for election to any office.
We had a lively and constructive
discussion. Offers were made by some to take on specific roles and duties,
to ensure that the Club continued in 2016.
Unfortunately, due to a change of
circumstances (moving home), Rick Watts notified me privately that he would
be unable to fulfil his offer of becoming publicity officer and organiser of
the 2016 programme.
However, I am sure we all grateful
to Tony for stepping in and organising a full year’s programme for 2016.
I see no reason why this Club cannot
continue to thrive in 2016 and beyond with the help of its members.
The President’s Report
The President, Graham Cornwall, also
thanked Tony and Chris Angus-smith for all they done for the Society over
many years and with new officers in place we will carry on the good work.
He also thanked Barbara Davis who
stepped in 2005 to take on the roll of treasurer as no other member wanted
that job and for the professional way she had produces the accounts.
General and Membership
(I will do the minutes of this
meeting to help the new General Secretary (`S) get started!)
I started by thanking the committee
for all their work during the year, which had contributed to the success of
the club. I said the club had picked up 1 new member during the year and now
had 44 members (which included HLM and other free memberships and Partners),
although there were a few that don’t come to meetings anymore, they are
(I have produced a manual membership
sheet for the proposed new membership secretary)
Most of the meetings had been well
attended during the year and I hoped this would continue during 2016 and
beyond with the new Officers / committee in place and with a full Programme
now in place.
I said I was stepping down now after
over 10 years in office; it was time for me to have a break and allow
others to take charge of the club & carry out the various duties required to
run a successful Society!
We had held an EGM in September to
see if the club could survive this AGM and I was glad of the response we had
regarding members coming forward who would take on some of the duties
required to run the club!
As I said before, I was willing to
be the Show secretary for the members show in October if the new committee
I confirmed that the hall was booked
for the year 2016 with an invoice received and payment sent off in the post.
Also 2017 needed to be booked on the last Friday of each month, apart from
the October Members Show and that we needed to watch the BS show on 30th
September & 1st October 2017, or it could clash. Booking details
on another sheet!
(I could do the booking on behalf of
new Secretary, if wanted)?
We have also paid for the club’s
insurance for 2016 with the NCA via Ghalib Al-Nasser! (Make life a bit
easier for new Treasurer)
I wish you all well and I will be
contactable to help any of the new officers if needed with anything.
We now have only 5 members without
News letters / Pictures for web site
send to: Terry Tuxford
Cage & Avairy, send to: Laura Keens:
Sue Luker for Hall Bookings:
07799728024: 01256 702425
Phillip Ebert (Monies / invoices)
Edna for Hall keys: 01256
2nd Bungalow on left
across the road
Also, the October meeting, being the
Members show, would be held on Saturday 15th October in 2016 from
9.30am to 3.30pm (Because of clashes & poor show attendance) Aldershot
on 8th October 2016.
Barbara Davis went through the
profit and loss/balance sheet reports that had been sent or given out to
members. Barbara said that, compared to 2014, the income had gone up
slightly but the expenditure had gone way up. This was because the food for
the Members Show and Christmas draw was all paid for out of club funds
(which it never used to be). The Members Show cost twice as much as it did
in 2014, as bags of seed were given away as prizes and, lastly, we did not
hold a Bring and Buy sale this year as we replaced it with the Christmas
draw night instead.
She said there was no need to put up
Subscriptions in 2017 as everyone contributed to the raffles etc., and the
club was in a sound financial position.
(Accounts Proposed by Chris
Angus-Smith – Seconded by Graham Cornwall)
Election of Officers:
The President took the Chair for the
election of a chairman. (A copy of elected officers is attached for your
Thank you for all of your support.
The AGM finished at 8.45 and we then had a break for refreshments and
general chat about this and that and after a while we had the raffle and all
were wished a safe journey home!