Present: John Isaac, Chairman, and 53 members.
John Isaac welcomed everyone to the 32nd AGM of the Friends of Torbay, held during the 47th Torbay Musical Weekend.
2. Greetings and Apologies
Our President, Peter Gammond, and his wife Anna had sent their very best wishes to the meeting. Sadly, age prevented them from attending.
Greetings and apologies had been received from the following:
Ralph and Anne Hebditch
His Honour Michael and Mrs Valerie Evans
Trevor and Diane Board
Some of these people had concluded, with regret, that age and infirmity meant that they would no longer be able to attend.
Others hoped to join us next year.
The Chairman was asked to convey the good wishes of the meeting to our President & Anna, and to all who had sent greetings.
3. Minutes and Matters Arising
The minutes of the 31st meeting were taken as read. There were no Matters Arising which would not come up under the main agenda.
4. Chairman’s Report
John Isaac said that all would agree that this year’s programme was truly wonderful
Under the stewardship of our Treasurer, Gillian Babbs, to whom also many thanks were
due, we had achieved surpluses in each of the past three years, and end-
The Chairman also extended the grateful thanks of the members to the Technical Team
Larry Napthine had very kindly continued to maintain the website, despite not being
able to attend the weekend in his current circumstances. We did, however, need a
The number of residents was only one down on last year, which was an excellent effort
in the circumstances. This was due to the efforts of members like Rosemary Frischer
whose article in “Harmony” had produced 5-
Many thanks were also due to our 20 or so guarantors -
Members were encouraged to make full use of the feedback questionnaire -
The next Torbay Musical Weekend would be 17-
John Isaac concluded with a profound thought from the U3A magazine: “Music is a lot
more than just a pleasing noise…(it) is strongly connected to well-
5. Financial Report and Accounts
Gillian Babbs reported that we had achieved a small surplus of £182 in 2015/16. Against an aim of breaking even in 2016/17, there might be a small deficit, but there were plenty of funds available for next year. The main difference from last year was a decline in the number of local day tickets sold. It would be wonderful if this could be reversed for next year.
The accounts were accepted nem con.
6. Election of Committee and Officers
Very many thanks were due to Clare Shepherd who was standing down as Secretary. Chris
Babbs had been co-
There being no other candidates, the following committee members were declared to have been elected:
Chairman John Isaac
Treasurer Gillian Babbs
Programme Secretary Maureen Greenhouse
Member Kevin Ryland
AGM Secretary Chris Babbs
The Chairman urged other members to consider putting themselves forward as additional members of the committee.
7. Comments from Members
Jenny Smith emphasised the importance of the friendship aspect of the Weekend, complementing the music.
It was wonderful to see old friends each year, and to make new ones.
Lesley Orson thanked the committee for a superb weekend, particularly Saturday evening’s concert.
Barry Miller on behalf of everyone thanked John Isaac very much for all his work as Chairman.
Anne Speirs, speaking as a new member, said how much she and her daughter were enjoying the weekend. They would be staunch attenders from now on.
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 10am, with a final reminder
that the 48th Torbay Musical Weekend would be held on 17-
The committee would be very open to discussion of this suggestion.
THE FRIENDS OF TORBAY
Minutes of the 32nd Annual General Meeting
held at the Palace Hotel, Torquay,
at 9.30am on Sunday 20th November 2016