Present: John Isaac, Chairman, and 48 members
Welcome and Greetings
John Isaac welcomed everyone, particularly new members, to the 33rd AGM of the Friends
of Torbay, held during the 48th Torbay Musical Weekend. Our President, Peter Gammond,
and his wife Anna, had sent their greetings and best wishes. Unfortunately advancing
years prevented them from attending. The meeting extended a particular welcome to
Greetings and apologies had been received from a number of people who had been unable to join us for the weekend, and also from residents who were unable to make the meeting:
Diana & Trevor Board, Jenny Buckland, Sheila Carr, Katrina Miller, Paul Miller & Mary Naylor, Lynne Plummer, Brian Pugh, Thelma & Roderick Shaw, Linda Stevens.
2. Minutes and Matters Arising
The minutes of the 32nd meeting were taken as read.
With respect to the post-
3. Chairman’s Report
John Isaac reported that planning for this year’s weekend had been going well until the end of June – when the roof fell in! He was informed that the Palace Hotel, where we had met for 43 years, would be closing in just one month’s time at the end of July. Some very rapid action was required to ensure that we had a hotel to meet in. Our thanks were due to the Grand Hotel for being available. In fact, this was the one weekend when the Grand had the necessary number of rooms free to meet our requirements.
Maureen Greenhouse had once again put together an excellent programme, of which the recital by the trio from Primavera was a highlight.
Gillian Babbs continued to keep our finances under very strict control.
Many thanks were due to the Technical Team of Mike Price, John Walker, Paul & Veronica Whittle, and Larry Napthine (website). Without their efforts, particularly in a new environment, we simply could not have our weekend.
The shop made a significant contribution to our finances and many thanks were due to those who volunteered to help there: Kevin Ryland, Barbara Maw, Valerie Evans and Evelyn Isaac.
The level of donations of CDs was an indication of the importance members attached to the weekend. Many thanks were due to those who had made donations, particularly Roderick & Thelma Shaw (sadly, Roderick was now in a care home in Norwich) and Katrina & the late Barry Miller (Barry’s sudden passing had been a great shock to everyone). These two donations amounted to over 1,500 CDs.
Particular thanks were due to Richard Stevens for stepping in to take over the photographer’s duties.
The friendships made at Torbay were very important to everyone, particularly those who had been through difficult times in the past year.
4. Financial Report and Accounts
Gillian Babbs reported that last year we showed a deficit of precisely £1.54 – effectively
Cost control was very important. It was very helpful that many members were able to accept electronic communications (but we were happy to continue with postal communications for those who preferred that).
Maintaining, and then increasing, our numbers was critical. We were very grateful to those who had distributed flyers through local recorded music societies. Despite much local publicity, the number of people from the Torbay area buying day tickets had been disappointing this year. On the other hand, many thanks were due to Rosemary Frischer and the Music Club of London who had encouraged more than a dozen people to come. Gillian asked everyone to consider who among their friends might be interested in coming.
The meeting then unanimously adopted the accounts.
5. Appointment of Accredited Person to Certify the Accounts
Bernadette Slatford was unanimously appointed as the accredited person to certify the accounts.
6. Election of Committee and Officers
Ian Bailey had kindly offered to join the committee and was elected with acclamation.
The existing members of the committee were unanimously re-
Chairman John Isaac
Treasurer & Membership Secretary Gillian Babbs
Programme Secretary Maureen Greenhouse
Member Kevin Ryland
Member Ian Bailey
AGM Secretary Chris Babbs
Other volunteers to join the committee would be extremely welcome, as would ideas for promoting membership, programme items etc.
7. Ideas And Suggestions
Fraser Smith paid tribute to the quality of the audio equipment – coupled with a
vote of thanks to Mike Price – and sought an assurance that this could continue.
John Isaac echoed the thanks to Mike and said that he could not see any reason for
the quality of equipment not to continue at the current level. He had himself brought
some additional equipment in case back-
Tony Walker spoke for all in expressing thanks to the committee for producing an excellent weekend, particularly given the change of hotel. A smooth transition had been achieved.
John Isaac said that inevitably there had been some teething problems in the new environment. Balancing the need for people to be warm enough, without draughts, in the main room, whilst maintaining enough ventilation, had been a challenge.
Dave Roberts repeated his offer to put material about the weekend in the magazine of the British Phonograph Society.
David Wherrell regretted the demise of the Federation of Recorded Music Societies’ weekend in Daventry. He hoped that the members of local societies present could assist with efforts to revive it.
Di Lewis was very grateful that we continued to provide postal communication to those who needed it.
Maureen Greenhouse was also very grateful for the suggestions for presentations which she had been able to include in this year’s programme. She would be very pleased to receive more suggestions for 2018. More video content seemed to be appreciated.
There being no further business, John Isaac closed the meeting with a number of reminders to members:
THE FRIENDS OF TORBAY
Record of the 33rd Annual General Meeting
held at the Grand Hotel, Torquay,
at 9.30am on Sunday 19th November 2017