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
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
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
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.
No other Resolutions were submitted for consideration, nor was
there further discussion of other business.
A Message from our former Chairman
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