As the coronavirus pandemic developed, and the social distancing guidelines prevented a physical Annual General Meeting, the Committee decided to hold a virtual meeting, to take effect on the date we had originally planned – Thursday 2 July.
Unsurprisingly, this was new ground for all of us. If the crisis measures had been likely to be
short-lived, the AGM could have been simply postponed, but the only certainty was uncertainty. The Charity Commission advised submitting annual reports as usual, even if they had not been adopted by memberships; we preferred to consult our members first. The invitation, agenda, instructions for voting, Trustees’ Annual Report and the Annual Accounts, were all sent to members by 16 June. Most were sent by email; others by post.
All resolutions, to adopt the Annual Report and Accounts, and to elect a committee for 2020-
2021, were passed unanimously. Thanks are due to all sixty two members who voted, whether by post or email. That is a few more than attended our AGM in 2019, when we provided wine and canapés, followed by a piano and cello recital.
The AGM marked the retirement of Sarah Musgrave as Publicity and Marketing Officer, to
be replaced by Dick Stockford. Sarah held this demanding post for five years, spending many
hours preparing the Club’s brochures and programmes, and advertising its concerts, all
done with charm and meticulous flair. On your behalf, the Chairman has presented her with a David Austin voucher, in the hope that her long awaited house move will now happen, and that she can choose and plant some roses in her new garden.
The list of committee members and officers for 2020-21 can be found here.