2017 AGM Minutes

MINUTES OF POMPEY PLUCKERS AGM 12TH OCTOBER 2017 AT OLD HOUSE AT HOME

1.    WELCOME:
The meeting opened at 1900 and Pete Coote welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending. Those present were: Maggie Spyropolous, Sally Jouhling, Elaine Halsey, Liz Latcham, Jude Child, Maddie Letchford, Phil Letchford, George Hopkins, Mark Bushnell, Berry Reeves, Ian Lloyd, Helen Deacon, Martin Mason, Bobbie Couzens, Pete Coote, Pete Riches, Glen Wallace, Clare Hillyer, Karen Bevan, Di Houghton, Paul Molloy, Chris Collier, Ian Maiden, Graham Cockburn, Pauline Sandiford
2.    APOLOGIES: were received from: Rowena Knott, Lyn Brown, Sarah Coote
3.    THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING: were approved.
4.    MATTERS ARISING: there were no matters arising.
5.    THE CHAIRMAN’S ANNUAL REPORT:
Pete Coote reported as follows:
    We were not the only entertainment at the Liphook Folk Club last November and we had front row seats to watch and listen to a singer who had anecdotes to spare. In December we played 19 gigs leading up to Christmas. We had two school visits in March, as well as four weddings this year. Then there was the fun and laughter at our Xmas party, when the Committeements wowed Pluckers by playing a selection of unrehearsed songs on Friday night. On the Sunday we were top of the bill at Littlehampton Ukulele Jam. In August we sang farewell to “Auckland Dave” at his wake outside the Square Tower. He will be sadly missed. Then later that month we welcomed back our Queenie Babs to Portsmouth.
    My favourite gig was playing to the youngsters at the Mary Rose Academy. When we started playing and singing they expressed such love and affection it was very moving and heartfelt.  I’m so glad that they became our charity for the year.
Well done to all gigging pluckers who have attended the 63 live performances throughout this year so far allowing us to donate in excess of £7,000 to the Mary Rose Academy. Since 2012 Pompey Pluckers have averaged 70 gigs per year, which, if each audience had 25 people, would equate to over 10,000 people.  We are certainly spreading the love, fun and happiness around our world. Ian Maiden reported that we have raised in the region of £43,550 since 2012.
    Monday nights continue with a friendly vibe and singalong evening.  Thursdays moved to the Pelham in the summer whilst decorating took place and at those we aim to introduce new or previously sung songs into next year’s set list. It is interesting to note that audiences are getting younger whilst we are all getting older.
Please accept my thanks to the committee and all other Pluckers who help to maintain our group, The Pompey Pluckers. Long may it continue.

6.    PRESENTATION AND ADOPTION OF ACCOUNTS:
As presented by Ian Maiden

Opening Balance                 £9,520.58
Artscape                           £8,100.00   

Therefore effective start      £1420.58

Total paid in                      £9,452.67       
Outgoings                         £2,373.08     (Insurance, bought equipment and storage)
Donations                         £4,106.25     

Money available for charity from fees:    
                                     £4,393.92
80% fees                         £3,515.14

Therefore minimum payment     £7,621.39

Rounded up to  £7,700.00 for payment to Mary Rose

Suggested payment         £3,693.75
New balance will be           £800.17

Above subject to change of gig monies not yet received.

7.    CHOOSING A LOCAL CHARITY TO SUPPORT:
As there was only one contender for the Charity Appeal this year, Berry’s nomination of “The Rocky Appeal” at QA Hospital was carried unanimously.

8.    ELECTION OF THE COMMITTEE:
It was agreed that the Committee should continue with the same officers and members as before for another year with the welcome additions of George Hopkins and Glenn Wallace.

9.    ANNUAL PRIZEGIVING:
The Prize for the Plucker who has inspired or contributed the most this year was awarded with pleasure to Jude Child.   
10.    ANY OTHER BUSINESS: 
Berry had spoken to Linda Wilson, our founder, who sent Best Wishes to all.
11.    DATE OF NEXT MEETING:
Thursday 2nd November at The Old House at Home.                                                                 
12.    As there was no other business the meeting closed with the Chairman’s “Thanks” at 1945.


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