DRAFT AGM MINUTES - 6TH APRIL 2019
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON
SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2019 AT THE COALPORT YHA, TELFORD
PRESENT: 50 members were present. The meeting was chaired by Chris Riddle as chairman.
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies had been received from 3 members.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the AGM of 7 April 2018 and SGM of 6 October 2018 were APPROVED and signed by the Chairman.
3. REPORT FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND OFFICERS
The chairman presented a report on behalf of the officers and himself, the following summarising the main points:
- 2019 marked the twentieth anniversary of the formation of the Society and, thanks to the support of members in the intervening years, the Society had gone from strength to strength.
- In the last year, the Society had held two most enjoyable meetings. He expressed thanks to those who had arranged these, particularly the programme secretary, Brian Allaker.
- During the year, the Society had published four interesting and high quality newsletters. He thanked Chris Brown, the editor, for his time and hard work in producing these, and all those who had contributed articles.
- Following a request from Chris Brown for his workload to be lightened, the newsletter was to be produced in a different way as from August 2019. Chris Brown would retain editorial control, but production, printing and distribution would be handled via Roger Thornhill. The latter had been possible due to a very kind offer from Roger’s son, David, who had designed the pattern book and who was willing to do the layout and print management of the newsletter at no cost to the Society.
- The biggest issue as far as the newsletter was concerned was getting enough articles to fill each edition. Members were asked to consider writing an article, which could be academic or otherwise – perhaps based on their favourite piece or how they had come to collect Caughley.
- As archivist and librarian, Richard Collier had digitally scanned editions 1 to 60 of the newsletter. These would shortly be available on CD at a price of £20 to members only. Details would be published in the newsletter and on the website.
- The chairman also thanked all officers and committee members for their contributions to the running of the Society, offering particular thanks to John Benbow, John Willock and Maurice Wright, all of whom were retiring.
- John Benbow had been membership secretary since 2009, ensuring that the Society’s records were up to date and that membership fees had been properly paid.
- John Willock had been an enthusiastic member of the committee since 2007.
- Maurice Wright had been elected president in 2003, taking over from Geoffrey Godden. In the 16 years since, he had made a huge contribution both to the Society itself and towards expanding knowledge and understanding of Caughley porcelain. He had made an enormous contribution to the writing of the pattern book – without him it might never have been published. He had always been at meetings to answer queries, to comment on the attribution of pieces, and to tell the stories of his collecting career. It was hoped that, as past president, he would continue his input to meetings for many years to come.
- Maurice had also made a huge contribution to committee meetings and the behind-the-scenes running of the Society. His experience and wisdom had been invaluable, and his advice always calm and considered. His presence on the committee would be greatly missed.
- On behalf of all members of the Society, Maurice was presented with a commemorative plate, hand-decorated by Kate Cadman with the Fence and House pattern (one of Maurice’s favourites) and an inscription commemorating his 16 years as president; a rose for his garden with the suitable Salopian name of ‘Boscobel’; and a specially-made card signed by members and featuring the Iron Bridge cabbage leaf jug he had once owned.
- In response, Maurice thanked the Society for its kindness, hoping that the plate might one day become an antique in its own right, and commenting that he was honoured to have been the filling in the Godden-Sandon presidential sandwich!
- Kate Cadman was thanked for her continuing support, and Janet Wright for providing refreshments at and after committee meetings.
- During the year, the Caughley monument had been rebuilt at a cost to the Society of £760. Allan Smith was thanked for the enormous amount of time, energy and commitment he gave to the project to ensure its completion to time and cost.
- Current membership of the Society was 94 households, slightly lower than at the same time last year.
- Sales of the pattern book had dropped off last year, but seemed to have picked up this year. Just over 100 were left from the original 500 printed, and a realistic view of pricing was being taken in order to sell these.
- The committee was always looking at how things could be improved for members, whether it be the format or content of meetings, the Newsletter, or any other Society matter. Comments from members would be welcome and could be made to any committee member.
4. ACCOUNTS FOR 2018
The income and expenditure accounts for the year ending 31 December 2018 were presented by the Treasurer, David Wright. In line with Rule 23, these had been examined by John Benbow. Noting that there was one account for normal operation and one for the pattern book, David highlighted that the Society continued in good financial health.
It was AGREED that the accounts as presented be adopted. (Note: Any member wishing to receive a copy of these should contact the Secretary).
5. SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2020
In the light of the financial situation reflected in the accounts, it was AGREED to keep subscriptions for 2020 unchanged i.e. UK: £20 per household; overseas in sterling: £25 per household. However, with increasing costs of printing and posting the Newsletter, it was possible that subscriptions, which had not risen since the Society was formed, might have to be put up in the not-too-distant future.
6. ARRANGEMENTS FOR EXAMINING THE ACCOUNTS
John Benbow was thanked for examining the accounts. It was AGREED that the accounts for 2019 also be examined by him.
7. ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR 2019/20
The following elections were AGREED:
Chairman Chris Riddle
Secretary Roger Thornhill
Treasurer David Wright
Archivist and librarian Richard Collier
Meetings organiser Chris Riddle
Membership secretary Ivor Smith
Newsletter editor Chris Brown
Newsletter production Roger Thornhill
Press and publicity officer Olly Cartwright
Programme secretary Brian Allaker
Committee members Simon Bailey, Allan Smith, Thelma Smith, Ann Stubbs
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