Annual General Meeting
The next AGM will be held in the Town Hall on Tuesday, 8th May 2018 at 7:00 pm.
The Notice giving a draft agenda will appear here in due course.
REPORT of 2017 AGM.
Christopher Melchers, Chairman, welcomed an audience of about 60 to the meeting and introduced guest speaker Mrs. Sonette Schwartz, principal of Brockhill Performing Arts College, Luke Haisell, teacher, and Johnnie Hobbs, pupil & Hythe Youth Ambassador.
All three of them were very enthusiastic about the school and the type of education that the students receive. There are always more potential students than places available partly because the college offers such diverse courses. Apart from the usual classrooms there is a fully equipped theatre, and a school farm and farm shop. The farm is, apparently, the best school farm in the country.
The college would like to strengthen its links with the town and, with that in mind, Mrs. Schwartz suggested that tickets for some of their productions at the theatre were available to anyone interested - telephone no. 01303 265521
The Chairman informed members that during the year Mike O'Sullivan had relinquished his role as Vice-Chairman but would remain on the committee where his knowledge of legal matters would be much valued. He thanked Mike and explained that the committee had appointed Crispin as Vice-Chairman in Mike's stead.
The Chairman then invited the Treasurer and committee members in turn to give their reports before he gave his own. Among many items he announced that John Keeffe would be standing down from the committee. In thanking John he pointed out that John had served for over ten years and, according to our constitution, was qualified to become an Honorary Life Member, a well-deserved privilege. This drew a round of applause.
An increase in the annual subscription from £8 to £10 per household with effect from 1st April, 2018 was proposed by Alan Joyce, Hon. Treasurer, seconded by the Chairman, and was carried unanimously.
Elections of Chairman and Vice-Chairman: Christopher Melchers and Crispin then effectively swapped places, Christopher conducting the election of Crispin to the Chair first. Assuming the Chair, Crispin thanked Christopher for his 6 1/2 years in charge and presented him with a framed copy of Hilary Scoble's picture of Hythe.
Crispin then conducted the election of Christopher as Vice-Chairman and continued with the election of treasurer, secretary and executive committee. Those elected were:
Hon. Treasurer: Alan Joyce.
Hon. Secretary: Mary Hunter
Executive Committee: Betty Black, Joyce Carter, Sally Chesters, Ian Hill, Valerie Mercer, Mike O'Sullivan, Anne Petrie, Michael Tubman, Jane Twist.
Before closing the meeting Crispin reminded members that the committee were short of three members and urged anyone wanting to contribute some of their time towards the well-being of Hythe to contact him or any committee member.