FRIENDS OF ELLINGTON PARK
MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD ON 11th MARCH 2016
AT ST LAWRENCE’S HALL RAMSGATE AT 19:00
1. Welcome from the Chair
The Chair, Bev Perkins, welcomed everyone to the meeting, including the Mayor, the Mayoress and Mac.
2. Review of the year 2015/16
BP spoke to the annual report. The Wildlife Garden had been opened with the help of a lot of volunteers; the bookshop and bric-a-brac were staffed entirely by volunteers; the table tennis table was proving very popular; CCTV cameras had been installed; coffee mornings continued to flourish and the events had been successful. Unfortunately, the toilet had been closed because it had not been possible to keep it sufficiently clean.
Bev thanked a number of people for their help:
Teggie for her fundraising
David for his planting
Peter for being membership secretary
Michael for putting new photos of the park onto Facebook
Josephine for her help with press releases
Nordine Benhamari for agreeing to take over the website
Volunteers for their help, eg in planting
The planned bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund had been postponed because of staffing problems.
It would now be submitted in June. Ramsgate TC, Kent Police, TDC, Cllr Tony Ovenden and Ageless Thanet had all made donations.
The coming year would continue to be a busy one. The Trim Trail would be installed, with financial support from Tesco; events were planned as usual including the May Fayre and Sundays on the Bandstand in July and August; Your St Lawrence would be a 2 week Sharing Heritage event in September.
BP thanked the Committee. She welcomed new members Robert and Sally Holden and Mary McDonald and thanked Sue Martin who was stepping down from the Committee.
The members asked whether the Friends could do a family subscription. It was agreed that this would be set up: £6 for an individual and £10 for a family.
3. Financial position
Pat Scutt spoke to the annual accounts, which looked healthy. However, some of the funds were ring-fenced. A question was asked about the Miscellaneous line in the Income and Expenditure. PS explained this included consultancy fees for HLF bid; anti-vandal paint for the containers; submission to RTC Events and various other expenses.
4. Election of Management Committee Members
AGREED THAT the current management committee members be re-appointed as members of the management committee of Friends of Ellington Park for a further year:
And THAT Sally Holden, Robert Holden and Mary McDonald be appointed to the Management Committee for a year.
Proposed by Gwen Kay, seconded by Diane Belsey; unanimously supported.
Nordine Benhamari indicated an interest in standing for the Committee.
The meeting closed at 20.00
A presentation about The Mayor’s insignia followed