Aldwick Preservation Society
Registered Charity No. 295133
Newsletter No. 134 February 2014
Fundraising continued through the year but our funds are only standing still. The notable successes were the additional grant from Aldwick Parish Council and funds from WSCC to enable the pond to be de-silted, as part of the flood relief scheme for the area. The work started 20th January and will last about four weeks.
Founder and President Penny Knowles
We were sad to learn that our founder member, Penny Knowles, passed away on 9th January 2014.
Back in August 1977 Penny wrote to The Observer about the impending loss of the Aldwick pond and surrounding area to development. She formed a committee that became the Aldwick Preservation Society. The members successfully fought off the development and restored the pond as we now know it. In later years Penny became our President and continued to support our events. She has been an inspiration to us all.
The most important, even crucial, consideration is the continuing of the Society through an active membership and Committee. The AGM, on 11th March, will be a defining moment for the Society. Four Committee members will not be seeking re-election. This means we are in need of a Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Events Organiser and Membership/Newsletter Organiser. A Chairman and Hon. Secretary are essential, as they are the Officers of the Society together with the Hon. Treasurer, the Society cannot continue without them. Without fund raising we would have to rely on grant applications, the success of which cannot be guaranteed. It would be a sad day if the Society cannot continue if it is not able to elect an Executive Committee.
Communication through the Newsletter is important to all members. If it is not written, printed and delivered through our member volunteer deliverers it cannot continue. The Newsletter has played a vital part in advertising all our events, if we had to mail Newsletters and the AGM Notice it would cost the Society £500 four times a year, need I say more.
Chairman, Tony Smith, gives notice that he will be stepping down from the Executive Committee at the AGM. The Hon. Secretary, Mrs Valerie Smith, will also not be seeking re-election at the AGM.
If you wish to be nominated for either of the above positions on the Executive Committee please note the following and submit your nomination.
Notice of The Annual General Meeting 2014
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WILL BE HELD AT ALDWICK PARISH COUNCIL OFFICES ON TUESDAY 11TH MARCH 2014 2.00 P.M. (MEETING COMMENCES AT 2.30 P.M)
Members are asked to submit details, in writing, on matters that they wish to be included on the AGM Agenda, these must be submitted to Hon. Secretary
Mrs V Smith, 4 Rochester Way, Aldwick PO21 3RD by no later than Tuesday 4th March 2014. In accordance with the Society’s Constitution all officers and members of the Executive Committee relinquish their office each year but are eligible for re-election, if they so wish, at the AGM. Four Committee members are not seeking re-election. Nominations for Officers and Members of the Committee must be made in writing to the Hon. Secretary by Monday, 24th February 2014. Such nominations must be proposed and seconded by a member of the Society and must include the written consent of the proposed nominee. Any additional guidance on the procedure can be obtained from the Hon. Secretary. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served before the meeting which with start at 2.30 p.m. Please put this important date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there. The draft agenda is shown below, subject to change if additional items are submitted in accordance with the Constitution. A final Agenda, together with a copy of the Annual Accounts and the 2013 AGM Minutes will be available at the meeting.
- Apologies for absence.
- Minutes of the previous AGM 12th March 2013 and matters arising.
- Chairman’s Annual Report
- Presentation of the Accounts for 2013.
- Election of Officers to the Executive Committee.
- Election of Members to the Executive Committee.
- Any Other Business – any items submitted in accordance with the Constitution, in writing by 4th March 2014.
- Date of next meeting.
Christmas Fayre 2013
The Christmas Fayre proved to be very popular with over 190 people attending. This was challenging to our Tea Team who managed to keep the kettles boiling, many thanks to the team. It was nice to see Nick Gibb MP supporting us again. We raised £580 for the Society’s funds. A vote of thanks to Jenny was given by Nick Gibb as this was Jenny’s last fund raising event for the Society.
2014 Programme of Future Events for your diary
Annual General Meeting 11th March at 2pm (start at 2.30) Aldwick Parish Office
The following dates have been booked but will only run if an Events Organiser is elected at the AGM.
Summer Fayre Saturday 14th June 10am Willowhale Centre – Details to follow.
Social Event at the Duck pond Sat. 16th August at 11a.m. – Details to follow (subject to weather).
Autumn Lunch Saturday 18th October 12am Willowhale Centre – Details to follow.
Christmas Fayre Saturday 6th December 10am Willowhale Centre – Details to follow.
Contact the Committee
Chairman: Tony Smith 01243 827163 Vice Chairman: Paul Bignell 07736 130888
Hon. Secretary: Valerie Smith 01243 827163 Hon. Treasurer: John Pressdee 01243 826431
Events Organiser: Jenny Timoney 01243 822674 Membership: Barry Baines 01243 266140