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AGM of the Walton and Weybridge Film Society - 2015


Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 15th April 2015 at Cleves School at 7.45pm

Apologies for absence :David Finch

These had been sent out to members by email and were accepted nem con.

Chairmanís report on past year
Kenneth Wilson reminded members that this had been sent out to members by email and the meeting was happy to continue with the rest of the business.

Alan Worcester presented the accounts for the last financial year, again by email, and there were no questions raised.

Election of officers and committee members

Ruth Rees and Jane Thorp indicated that they would both like to stand down from the committee at the end of the season if someone else came forward to take over their roles.
David Finch, Ann Skey and Stephen Hayes stood down from the committee.

The committee was elected en bloc . One of the members offered a vote of thanks to the committee for their hard work and this was warmly supported by those present.

Other business
No other Resolutions were submitted for consideration, nor was there further discussion of other business.

A Message from our former Chairman

Spring 2015

Dear Member

We have enjoyed some excellent films so far, though not everyone will necessarily agree which the highlights were! The popular French comedy, Bienvenue Chez Les ChíTis, was a popular choice for the now well established Christmas party. And the classic Lift to the Scaffold received good feedback, enhanced by the excellent talk before it by jazz musician Mike Head, to whom I express our thanks.

Donít forget another special event, The Lunchbox, on May 6th, which will be followed by a party. However, the season has not been without its problems, and I apologise again for the disruption to the advertised programme. Two films were postponed due to a failure of the projector, and we also had a problem with a film supplied without subtitles (despite being described as having them), so we had to make a quick switch round.

A further film, Marius, had to be sourced from the theatrical distributor, as its DVD release was unexpectedly delayed. The copy supplied started off well, but deteriorated as it progressed, probably because it had been mishandled. We have now resolved not to book a film unless we are sure of a mint copy. Donít forget, that as a thank you to members, we have an additional film, Fanny, the sequel to the well-received Marius, on Wednesday 22 April at the Playhouse in Hepworth Way, Walton, starting at 7.45 pm. I am pleased to say that the new regime at Cleves School have welcomed us, and we are currently talking about upgrading the equipment. They are also willing to commit to our dates well in advance (delayed this year until we were past our print date).

Although the venue is not perfect it does have many advantages compared with others we have looked at. Membership has been down this year by about 10%, and attendance in the second half of the season is only about 50% of membership, which is concerning.

We are still very viable, even without our healthy reserve, but would like to have more members and guests, especially as we have the capacity. I realise that the disruption has not helped, but we hope that is now all behind us, and that with the new programme currently being planned, you will rejoin and encourage others to do so too.

When I became Chairman a year ago, I said I wished to hold office for only a year. I should like to thank the Committee for their support, but having been on the Committee since 1972, I am standing down to allow others to continue bringing international films to our community. I trust that, like me, you will continue to enjoy them in the forthcoming season!

David David Finch
former Chairman
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