Chairman’s Report 2018
12th October 2020
We had an excellent meeting with over 60 members in attendance. The Minutes of last year’s AGM were approved unanimously with no matters arising. Our Financial Accounts were also approved unanimously, again with no matters arising. I gave my report of the previous 12 months on behalf of the Trustees, see below.
Our Hon Secretary Lynda Robinson, was standing down. Gill Battarbee one of our joint Treasurers agreed to take over from Lynda and Ann Austin also agreed to take on the role of Treasurer. Both the Chairman Jim Robinson and the Vice Chairman Malcolm Keeble agreed to stand again. There were no other nominations for Officers of the Society. Gill and Ann were elected unanimously with Jim and Malcom being re-elected, unanimously.
There was one nomination for a Trustee: Ian Drysdale. He was elected unanimously. The existing board of Trustees all agreed to stand again and were duly re-elected, unanimously:
Ken Birch, Brenda Crooks, Sue Hunter, Steve Lloyd, Jack Robson and Richard Walton.
There were no items of Any Other Business (AOB) and the meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the Officers and Trustees by Don Barrett.
As many of you will know both Ian Drysdale and Peter Mirfin have been active members of our Finance Committee, with Ian in the role as Chairman. The Society would like to thank them both for all their hard work in helping to look after our Finances, we are all the stronger for it.
Finally, a big thank-you, to you our Members for all your support over the last 12 months, it is really very much appreciated and for those of you who have joined the Society during the year, a big welcome. If you are interested in getting more involved in our activities and what we do (not necessarily as a Trustee !) then please get in touch with your Chairman as we are always on the look out for volunteers !
Here is my list (and what an extensive one it is !) of our activities/projects and events throughout, it was an exciting year. They are not in any real order:
- Our Environment Group has gone from strength to strength – with thanks to Rick Battarbee and his team of hard working volunteers.
- 3 new blue plaques were installed – High Mill Close, Penny Hole at Low Mill and Bridge 55 on Back Beck Lane.
- We acquired our very own BT Telephone Kiosk: officially opened last month as a Village Information Point.
- We had 10 Members Meetings and a Xmas Party
- For the first time we launched a range of Society Xmas Cards.
- Two very successful Fayres– Spring and Autumn. Both providing a significant boost to our finances, with the Spring one breaking all records.Thanks to Diana Keeble for organising them.
- In September last year and February this year and in partnership with our Parish Council our Village Newsletter was distributed to every home in the Village.
- Neighbourhood Plan (NP): good progress continued to be made (The NP Forum being made up of the Parish Council, Village residents and the Civic Society): culminating in the Village Consultation Event at the beginning of May.
- Summer Trip: Visit to Samlesbury Hall and then a canal boat trip from Barton Grange.
- We continued to support other Clubs and Societies in the Village.
- Our latest Publication by Don Barrett: Walks around Addingham, was released.
- We updated our Website.
- We launched our Village Community Awards Scheme with 3 organisations benefitting to date.
- We bestowed 4 Honorary Life Membership Awards (sadly one recipient Jane Scott died in April) and two of our prestigious Civic Pride Awards: Don Barrett in September last year and Sue Ross earlier this month.
- We attended one of Civic Voice’s National Meetings for large Civic Societies.
- All going well in the next couple of months we will top 400 Members. More than 10% of the the Village’s population. We reckon we are the 2nd largest Civic Society in Yorkshire !
- With our growth in membership numbers in the last 8/9 months we held a new Members evening at the end of April.