Due to the coronavirus lockdown and the early curtailment of the last season the normal gathering for the A.G.M. on April 28th was not possible and a decision was taken therefore to hold a “virtual” type meeting with all documentation issued by E/Mail or Post to members and any agreement/issues or concerns fed back to the General Secretary. Any matters needing further resolution would be tabled at the first meeting of the new season.
—-Minutes of 2019 A.G.M. no issues arising and therefore taken to be agreed as a correct record.
—Chairman’s Message: reflections on a shortened season and thanks to those members who supported the Forum’s ongoing operations.
—General Secretary’s Report: season started with 57 members and finished with 53 members on books. Three members sadly passed away namely Messrs Mike Hawkins; Bill McNicol and Dennis Anderson. New President Reverend Moses John elected during the season.
—Programme Secretary Report: another good selection of new and old Speakers; three Open Meetings and a successful Members’ Morning. Excellent Christmas Lunch with £312 raised there for Martin House Hospice. Total Charitable contributions (inc. Xmas Lunch) totalled £1104 from member donations and Speakers’ fee donations. Good level of attendances averaging around 35 but concerns over overall declining membership numbers.
—Treasurers Report: Finances remain in rude order and annual/weekly fees to remain unchanged at £5 and £2 respectively.
Due to shortened season the Church Donation is suggested at £600 with a possible further £200 when the Forum starts its new season.
—Election of Officers:
President: Rev. Moses John.
Chairman: Peter Wilson.
General Secretary: Neil Ramshaw.
Vice/Second Vice Chairman: BOTH VACANT.
Programme Secretary: VACANT.
Treasurer: Roy Smith.
Registrar: David Hill.
Church Contact: Mike South.
Catering Officers: Tom Snelling; Roger Bancroft; Richard Brooks; Edward Rowe.
Auditor: Chris Butterfield.
Following the issue of the documentation significant feedback was received agreeing it was a correct record of the season with no issues or dissent raised.
THE NEW SEASON (2020/21) IS DUE TO START ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 6TH, 10 A.M. FOR 1030 A.M. UNDER INCOMING CHAIRMAN PETER WILSON HOWEVER THIS CAN ONLY BE PROVISIONAL AT THIS STAGE AND WILL BE CONFIRMED LATER IN THE YEAR.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY.