Annual General Meeting 2017


Princes Risborough Area Heritage Society

President: R. A. Kidd, Esq. 


Minutes of the AGM held on Tuesday 11th April 2017

Apologies for absence were received from Ms. P. Fricker, Mrs. A. Eggleton, Mr. & Mrs. B. Butler, Mrs. J. Bunting, Mr. P. Rainbow, Dr. & Mrs. A. Knight, Mr. M. Hopkins and Mr. and Mrs. M. Huxley

The Minutes of the AGM held on 12th April 2016 were unanimously accepted on the proposal of Mr. M. Payne, seconded by Dr. J. M. Dinwoodie, there being no matters arising.

Chairman's Report

The Chairman, Chris Kingham, opened his remarks with mention of three members; he welcomed back Mrs. A. Payne after her recent serious illness followed that by sending the Society’s good wishes for a speedy recovery to Mr. M. Hopkins, Membership Secretary, and then paid special tribute to Mrs. T. Van Dam who was standing down from the committee after many years, particularly as Committee Secretary.

He was pleased to be reporting on another successful year for the Society since its move to the Baptist Church where Mike Payne had provided yet another excellent series of talks. The Society’s affairs were generally in good order, attendance at meetings was excellent and all events had been well-received. In conclusion, he encouraged members to continue to influence change for the better by being positive about the future, and commended the almost-completed restoration of the Market House and the welcome intention of new owners to restore Town Farm.

 Treasurer's Report:

Copies of the annual statement of account were distributed, having been prepared by the Hon. Treasurer, Mrs. C. Ballard and examined by local Chartered Accountant Mr. S. E. Beale. A combination of increased membership, more visitors and the change to a uniform individual subscription had helped to offset the increased charges that followed our move to the Baptist Church and a universal upward trend in speakers’ fees and expenses. It was noted that members’ generosity had meant that the very enjoyable Christmas Social was no drain on the Society’s resources.

However, the modest increase in the Society’s reserves had only been achieved by a substantial donation from the Risborough Sports and Social Club and hire charges for the hall were set to increase again in February 2018.The Committee therefore recommended an increase in membership subscription to £10 starting in September 2017. This was accepted without demur by the membership and on the proposal of Mr. J. Gilder, seconded by Mr. J. Needham, the Treasurer’s Report was accepted by the meeting.

Election of Officers and other Committee Members

As there were no nominations for new members of the committee and the existing Officers and other committee were willing to continue and provided a full quorum, their re-election was proposed by Mr. A. Edwards and approved by acclamation.

Other Business

  1. Mr. M. Payne outlined the programme he had compiled for the 2017-18 season. It promised to match, or exceed, the interest and enjoyment of the past season, and was greeted with applause.
  2. The Chairman then advised members of an additional event, a tour of St. Dunstan’s church and graveyard, to be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 9th May.

The AGM, which had been preceded by a most informative and entertaining talk on the History of Witney Blankets by Mrs. V. Burton, closed at 9.45 p.m.