HUDDERSFIELD BIRDWATCHERS’ CLUB
MINUTES OF THE 56th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD ON TUESDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2022 at 7.30 pm
17 members were present.
1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from,, Alf King and Mike Wainman, Ian Ibbotson.
2 The minutes of the 54th AGM had been placed on the forum prior to this meeting and were unanimously agreed as a true record.
3 There were no matters arising
4 THE PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Dave Sill said that this year was back to normal after the turbulence of the Covid Pandemic period and thanked everyone for attending the meeting. He said that as usual the number of members was always a concern, as is the case with many clubs such as ours. He was also concerned about future costs.
5 THE TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurers report was presented to the meeting by Roger Ranson. It was noted that the Accounts showed a deficit of £28.79. However cash in bank stood at £6,878 which still leaves us with over 3 years expenditure at pre-pandemic levels. The Chairman added that there was still the Gift aid to come. Roger also said he didn’t know why the year end was 30th June and not in October in time for the AGM .The Chairman said it was because some years ago difficulty was had in getting the accounts ready for the AGM so the date was pushed forward to June to give more time to prepare them.
Roger also said that the projected expenditure for next year was over £2000 and something needed to be done to reduce costs. The committee had considered this at it’s recent meeting and thought that the best way of achieving this would be to reduce the number of indoor meetings rather than increase subscriptions. After much discussion it was proposed by Hazel Sill and seconded by Heather Chippendale that we would cut the meetings down to eight or one a month for the year 2022/2023. A vote was taken with ten agreeing with two against, so the proposal was carried. The Chairman said it was not set in stone and could be looked at again in the future but much would depend on the number of paying members.
6 THE RECORDER’S REPORT
Dave Sill presented his recorders report, sightings had been coming in well and there had been no problems. He had taken some sightings from the various online sites where appropriate. He asked members to send records in as early as possible in order that work on The Annual Report could begin at the earliest in the New Year.
7 MEMBERSHIP REPORT
The Membership secretary reported we had 52 paid up members including life members, This is around the same number as last year at this time and said that the number would still rise.
8 ELECTION OF HONORARY OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS (TO SERVE FOR 2 YEARS).
The proposals set out in the Agenda for the Election of officers were unanimously agreed
by the members and Hazel Sill would continue as secretary and membership secretary and Joe Walker would continue as a committee member to serve for two years.
9 APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR
The members agreed unanimously that Mike Wainman, who had kindly agreed to do so, would continue as Auditor.
10 INDOOR MEETINGS
Dave Brierley said it would be a lot easier to find good quality speakers with just eight to find. He was thanked for finding the speakers for this year as it was never an easy task.
Ian Ibbotson reported that things were going well, were updated regularly though we just needed more things for the front page and he said he would put more about the next speaker on that page.
Roger Ranson proposed a vote of thanks to Hazel and Dave Sill particularly Dave for all the hard work they had done and this endorsed by all the members.
The meeting finished at approximately 20.10hrs. and was followed by an interesting talk about ‘a visit to India’ by Dave Brierly.
Hazel Sill 8.11.2022
Registered charity no.1098296
Our lecture and meetings programme runs between September and May, at which visiting and club experts give presentations on a wide range of birding topics, from local to overseas, with some stunning photography. Members of the public are welcome to all of our meetings free of charge (voluntary collection). Children are welcome if accompanied by a supervising adult.
Our 2023/24 programme is shown below.
Venue: Old Court Room, Huddersfield Town Hall,
Ramsden Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TA. Enter by Corporation Street entrance.
Disabled access - entry is on the ground floor, a few yards from the Corporation Street entrance.
Parking - there is on-street parking around the Town Hall in Corporation St., Ramsden St., Peel St. and Princess St. These areas can sometimes be busy.
Indoor Meetings 2023
12th Sept – Ian Newton – Lesvos
10th Oct – Linda Jenkinson - Swifts
7th Nov – AGM followed by Dave Sill - The birding year 2022 (informal talk)
5th Dec – Tim Melling - Svalbard
Indoor Meetings 2024
9th Jan – Laurence Rose - Wild Spain
13th Feb – John Cramer - Tanzania
12th Mar – David Tolliday – Wildlife in the snow
9th Apr – Club evening/Dave Sill - The Birding Year 2023