Saturday 19th November was the date of the 2016 AGM. Held at Wicken in Cambridgeshire the meeting started early to allow for a slide show after lunch. Turnout wasn’t as high as in previous years, but the early start and cold weather no doubt played a part.
The meeting opened with the customary minutes silence for those members whom had passed away over the previous year.
The main piece of business for the AGM this year, was to approve the new Society constitution. Changes in Charities Commission guidelines and the fact the constitution had been found unclear in a number of areas led to the announcement at the 2015 AGM that the committee would be reviewing the document with a view to presenting the amended version in 2016. After 6 months of work by various committee members drafting passages and tabling amendments, the draft was circulated to the membership in July for comment. No major issues were found and the 2016 AGM duly adopted the new constitution by unanimous vote.
Officer’s reports followed, with the club shown to be in good health all round. Main points of note were as follows
- From 2017 the Society will be offering ‘digital’ membership at a reduced rate for members who wish to receive all communications by email (including the magazine).
- The Editor is short on contributions, so would members please send in what they can or the magazine is going to get thinner!
- The profit from this year’s Annual Dinner will be used for full colour printing of Steam Preservation in 2017.
- Photographs and reports are needed for the website to keep the gallery and news pages up to date.
- The Society is in talks to host the 2018 National Traction Engine Trust AGM.
The meeting was duly closed following a few comments from the floor and it was now time to award the trophies. The first award of the day was to our Sales Officer, Terry Taberer. Terry does a lot of work for the club and has been doing so for a large number of years. It was therefore fitting that Terry was awarded with life membership in recognition of his significant contribution to the Society. The next award was the Ben Taylor Trophy ‘For Services to the Society’, this went to Terry’s ever present assistant on the sales stand Paul Reyland. A final award was made, though the trophy was absent (a bunch of flowers was used in substitute). This was the Ladies Award which this year went to Faye Hunt for her support of husband John in running the Crank Up, and for behind the scenes work in assisting Sue Doncaster, our treasurer with the accounts.
By just after 11am the meeting was over, a little earlier than planned and we broke for a buffet lunch. Fortunately the slide show was able to start early when Rob Tyler arrived from Nottingham with his equipment. Over the next 3 1/2 hours those present enjoyed a memorable afternoon of Rob taking us through some of his vast slide collection in a very humorous style. Audience participation was encouraged and its safe to say that as everyone left at 4pm they had forgiven us the early start to the day!