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UNAPPROVED AGM MINUTES - 2022

UNAPPROVED MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2022 AT THE COALPORT YHA, TELFORD


PRESENT:  21 members were present.  The meeting was chaired by Chris Riddle as chairman.

1.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies had been received from 6 members.

2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The minutes of the virtual AGM held between 6 March and 10 April 2021 were APPROVED as a correct record.

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:

  • Because of the pandemic, it had not been possible to hold a live meeting in April 2021.  Instead one had been held by Zoom and Jonathan Gray and Mark Francis of the ECC were thanked for managing the technical side of this.
  •      The AGM last year had been held virtually by email and members were thanked for responding to this to ensure that the Society was able to demonstrate its continuing good governance.
  •      With appropriate precautionary measures in place, a live meeting of the Society had been held in October 2021.
  •      Thanks were given to other ceramic societies and organisations for inviting members of the Society to their online lectures throughout the past year.
  •      The Society had continued to publish its quarterly newsletter throughout the year.  Chris Brown was thanked for peer reviewing submissions, and Roger Thornhill and his son David for producing such a high quality, professional publication which was the envy of many other societies.
  •      Members were encouraged to write articles for the newsletter.  ‘Meet the collector’ was an easy way of doing this.
  •      It was noted that the post of Programme Secretary had been vacant for the last year.  This was a key post and an appeal was made for a volunteer to come forward to take this up.
  •      Thanks were given to all officers and committee members for their help in managing the Society’s affairs.
  •      John Benbow was thanked for examining the accounts for 2021, and Kate Cadman for her help and support of Society activities throughout the year.
  •      Current membership was 103 paying households.
  •      20 copies of the pattern book had been sold during the year, leaving only 40 more to be sold.
  •      Possible ways of celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Caughley manufactory in 2025 were outlined.  The one that looked most likely to be practical and viable at this stage was a souvenir book of ‘interesting’ pieces of Caughley, similar in format to the pattern book.
  •      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 2021

The income and expenditure accounts for the year ending 31 December 2021, which were available at the meeting, were presented by the Treasurer, Thelma Smith.  In line with Rule 23, these had been examined by John Benbow.  It was reported that the Society continued in good financial health.

It was noted that the Society had closed its Virgin Money savings account and replaced it with a TSB one so that all accounts were with one bank.  Access to these was available online with full probity.

It was AGREED that the accounts as presented be adopted.

5.  SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2023

In the light of the financial situation reflected in the accounts, it was AGREED to keep subscriptions for 2023 unchanged i.e. UK: £25 per household; overseas in sterling: £30 per household.

6.  ARRANGEMENTS FOR EXAMINING THE ACCOUNTS FOR 2022

It was AGREED that the accounts for 2022 be examined by John Benbow.

7.  ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR 2022/23

The following elections were AGREED:

Chairman  -  Chris Riddle
Secretary  -  Roger Thornhill
Treasurer  -  Thelma Smith
Archivist and Librarian  -  Allan Smith
Meetings Organiser  -  Chris Riddle
Membership Secretary  -  Ivor Smith
Newsletter Distribution  -  Chris Riddle
Newsletter Editor  -  Roger Thornhill
Press & Publicity Officer  -  Olly Cartwright
Programme Secretary  -  VACANCY
Committee Members  -  Simon Bailey, David Byrne, Tim Dawes, Phil Thomas, VACANCY




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