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Issue 439 - August 2009

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2009 Annual General Meeting

Welcome to all members attending the Society's 42nd Annual General Meeting. The agenda and all supporting documentation are included in this Newsletter.

September Meeting

On 3 September we will be welcoming Peter Jordan who will be talking to us about the 'History of the Kennet & Avon Canal'.

Day-Star Theatre Visit - Friday 25 September

Tickets are now available, at £8 each, for Day-Star Theatre's production of "An Unpleasant Business" which will be staged at Chilworth Parish Hall on Friday 25 September (please see the advertisement below for fuller details).

Get your tickets from our Secretary, Angela Rose - contact details in this Newsletter.

Day-Star Theatre - 'After Show Supper'

There will be the usual American Supper following Day-Star Theatre's performance. That supper will be along the same lines as previously. Wine and soft drinks will be provided but each member or guest should bring along food for all to share.

October Meeting - Yes or No?

The answer is NO! Day-Star's visit on 25 September takes the place of the Society's normal monthly meeting which would have been held on Thursday 1 October. So please don't come on that date - because we won't be here!

Donations to other Waterways Organisations

It has been the Society's policy for many years that, when funds permit, donations are made to other waterways organisations, particularly those engaged in restoration work. At present the Society has accrued a healthy balance and, at its last meeting, the Committee discussed this issue and is recommending to members at the AGM that donations of £100 each be made to the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust and the Wey & Arun Canal Trust. Those recommendations will be contained in the Treasurer & Membership Secretary's report.

Paul Herbert


 
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An Unpleasant Business

Crime Scene

The village of Oakley Magna no longer has a shop, a post office, a school, a pub or a bus service. It is, on the whole, apart from the annoying teenagers in the defunct bus shelter, a quiet village.

So when Septuagenarian Daisy Thomas is found hanging upside down in a disused abattoir it is easy to imagine how the locals feel. Except that no one much liked the old lady. In fact most villagers openly disliked her. She'd been a bit of a nuisance over the years with her objections to fox hunting and G.M. crops and barn conversions and vehicles speeding through the village. And it's not as if she was a real local. She'd only been in the village forty years and before that no one knows anything about her.

Detective Inspector Gibson and Detective Constable Saunders arrive from nearby Market Kingsley to unravel the truth behind this unpleasant business. They lead themselves up and down several garden paths and even back to the most wanted man in England in 1966. And they bring with them their own personal baggage.

Another weird and wonderful, witty and whacky take on rural life with the distinct possibility of an unexpected twist or two.

Day-Star will be appearing on Friday 25th September at 7.45pm. Tickets price £8.00 for the show and the following American Supper are now available from the Secretary, Angela Rose (contact details here).


This Newsletter

 
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This month, the Newsletter contains various documents to do with this year's AGM. These rather dominate the Newsletter and have crowded out some features from this issue. In particular, the Waterways Diary has been a victim, but it will be possible to see an up-to-date list on our website www.sotoncs.org.uk Hopefully, normal service can be resumed next month. As Paul exhorts in his report to the AGM, maybe it will contain articles from members who have not contributed in recent times.


June Meeting

Silent Auction and General Knowledge Quiz

 
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Our June meeting this year took the form of a Silent Auction, with the aim of raising money for Naomi House, the local childrens' hospice which lost such a lot of money in the collapse of the Icelandic banks.

48 items, in total, were up for auction, most donated by members, but some wheedled out of local firms by the begging talents of Maureen Greenham and Angela Rose. Items included such diverse objects as family tickets to Paultons Park, lavender bags, life jackets, a teaset, a computer desk, books, pictures and a giant gorilla!

When all had been registered, they were placed on tables around the room with their bidding sheets, so that people could view them and place their bids over the course of the evening. Whilst deciding on which items to bid on, a general knowledge quiz was provided by Maureen to keep us on our toes, and light refreshments of wine and nibbles.

Despite the rather poor attendance, due to many people being off boating in the fine weather, all of the items were sold, except for one poor solitary Calor gas bottle, raising a total of £285.25. To this was added the proceeds from the quiz, teas and the raffle, making £363.29. This was made up to a round sum, so that we were able to donate £400 to Naomi House - and a great time was had by all!

Anne Coleman


July Meeting

Brian Evans - 'Tales, slides and cine film'

 
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Well, not quite - we certainly had lots of tales, numerous slides - but no cine film. Why? As Brian explained at the start of the evening, because it wasn't possible to completely darken the hall, it would not be possible to achieve a bright enough cine image. However, the absence of cine certainly didn't diminish our enjoyment of the evening in any way.

We were shown so many slides, of such a wide variety, all accompanied by Brian's narrative, and his tales, of course, that I don't quite know where to start. I won't try and describe the slides in the order they were shown but give the reader more of a 'potpourri'.

Brian and Annegret had accompanied Society members on a number of recent outings and we were shown pictures of our visit to the Wey & Arun Canal and the adjacent Brewhurst Mill, and the double trip, first to the Basingstoke Canal followed by The Watercress Line. Those weren't the only trains shown to us. We also experienced a brief visual visit to Eastleigh Airfield (now Southampton International Airport), which celebrates its centenary this year.

In passing we also visited Stratford, in 1964, with the celebration of the re-opening of the Stratford Canal.

Brian also took us abroad - with an early picture of the Channel Tunnel entrance at Folkestone and we later went through parts of Eastern Southern Germany and on the French waterways.

Back in Britain we explored parts of the Fens region with visits to the River Great Ouse at Ely, the famous cathedral and stained glass museum, the Denver Sluice area, the windmill at Downham Market and on to the waterfront at Kings Lynn. Back into the Fens and a visit to Prickwillow and its pumping house accommodating the Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum.

We then shot down to our own area with evocative shots of the mouth of the Beaulieu River, up to Brian's original home area with a view of 'Canalside Luxury' - that is to say, advertising hoardings for new apartments built around Diglis Basin and alongside the Worcester & Birmingham Canal in Worcester City Centre. Finally we were up in Wigan with the (in)famous Wigan Pier.

I am sure there were many other slides that I didn't manage to list but, as I am sure both Brian and readers will appreciate, it is a little difficult for me to both enjoy such a presentation, and take notes at the same time. Many thanks Brian for such an entertaining evening which I am sure we all enjoyed, not only the slides but your tales as well!

Paul Herbert


Items for Sale

 
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Our member from Hayling Island, Colin Huggins, has a couple of items for sale which he thought would be of interest to our members. If you would like to know more or indeed purchase one (or both) of these items, Colin can be contacted on 02392 467828.

Book "Inland Waterways of Great Britain" by Jane Cumberlidge. 2009 edition, new unused, £20

Dinghy: Avon Redstart, new unused including 10-year manufacturer's guarantee £650


AGM Agenda

 
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SOUTHAMPTON CANAL SOCIETY

2009 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Chilworth Parish Hall, Chilworth, Southampton

Thursday 30 July 2009 at 7.45 pm

 

AGENDA

  1. Announcements.
  2. Apologies for Absence.
  3. Minutes of 2008 Annual General Meeting held on 31 July 2008 (herewith) and matters arising.
  4. Chairman's Report (herewith).
  5. Secretary's Report (herewith).
  6. Treasurer and Membership Secretary's Report (herewith). (Income and Expenditure Account for the year ended 31 March 2009 and the Balance Sheet as at 31 March 2009).
  7. Review of Annual Subscription Rates.
  8. Election of the following Officers:-
  9. Election of Committee (the Officers plus up to three other Society Members. Additional Members may be co-opted as required).
  10. Any other business relevant to an Annual General Meeting, where prior notice of the item has been given.

 

Note: In accordance with the Society's Constitution, only fully paid up members are eligible to vote at a meeting of the Society. Individual members and affiliated member organisations are entitled to one vote. Joint or family membership entitles that category to a maximum of two votes. Only members aged 18 or over are eligible to vote. All votes have to be cast in person, no proxy votes being permitted.


Minutes of 2008 AGM

 
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SOUTHAMPTON CANAL SOCIETY

41st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

THURSDAY 31 JULY 2008

MINUTES OF MEETING

  1. CHAIRMAN
  2. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
  3. ATTENDANCE
  4. MINUTES OF 2007 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING
  5. CHAIRMAN'S REPORT
  6. SECRETARY'S REPORT
  7. TREASURER AND MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY'S REPORT
  8. REVIEW OF ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION RATES
  9. ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE AND RELATED MATTERS
  10. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Chairman's Report - 2008/09

 
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I am pleased to present to members of Southampton Canal Society my eighth Chairman's Report.

Where does time go.....it only seems a few months ago that I sat down to write my 2007/08 Chairman's Report?

There have been a number of 'interesting' developments on the waterways at national level. We have had the continuing fiasco over the derogation of red diesel and the confusion to boatyards and boaters as to how their fuel bill should be split; increased funding for British Waterways (but what does this really mean?); the continuing controversy over BW's auction of its mooring sites; and BW has been going through yet another national re-organisation. We have seen two new major waterways links opened - the fantastic new canal across Liverpool's famous waterfront and the new Boston Lock, which hopefully will gradually open up new cruising areas, linking to existing waterways, in East Anglia. On the River Thames new transport plans have been announced which should be a boost for its ferry services.

On the local front, we have heard a lot about progress with the Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project; our friends at the Wey & Arun Canal Trust have launched their new all-electric trip boat 'Wiggonholt' (bringing their fleet up to three) and the major construction of the new Loxwood High Street Bridge was recently completed allowing canal access to a new lock and the restored length of canal beyond; and more problems on the Basingstoke Canal with crumbling lock gates etc.

As far as Southampton Canal Society is concerned, we have had another good year. Our speakers' programme was as varied as ever. We 'travelled the railways' on 'The Watercress Line' (as a follow-up to our actual visit to that railway earlier in 2008); we heard about the Purton Hulks; we crossed Germany from West to East; we heard all about the life of a Thames Lock-keeper; we went across the Atlantic in order to travel north to Alaska and the Yukon; then a quick trip south the following month to the Panama Canal; before finishing that 2008/09 programme with a 'potpourri' of tales and slides from home and abroad.

We played Skittles in Hursley again and ran our first General Quiz & Silent Auction Evening. We also enjoyed our usual 'favourites', the Inter-Society Waterways Quiz, won by the Society Team (well done to them) and the Members' Photographic Evening, the return visit of Day-Star Theatre, and our two American Suppers. We had two outings during the year, the Gosport Ferry Three Rivers Cruise and the Salter Bros River Thames Trip. We must not, of course, forget our New Year's Lunch or the Society Boat Gathering. All in all, a very full year!

Sales of our latest branded clothing designs continue and I am sure Angela and Alan would be delighted to sell you even more!

On the membership front we have introduced a new database, for the Society's use only.

We lost some members during the year due to retirement, namely Bob & Ann Dukes, Frank Stokes and Rogan & Lynn Olding. Sadly two of our long standing members, Michael Pomeroy and Alan Moorse passed away.

Our financial base remains sound, so much so that members are being recommended at the AGM to approve donations to the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust and the Wey & Arun Canal Trust.

I would now like to thank all those without whose efforts the Society would not be able to function. As usual I must start with the other officers and committee members : our Vice-Chairman, Alan Rose; Secretary, Angela Rose; Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Anne Coleman; Outings Organiser, Maureen Greenham; Raffle Manager, David Townley-Jones; and last but by no means least, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster, Peter Oates.

Peter Oates has decided to retire from the Committee. Now that he lives in the Midlands it is simply not practical for him to come all the way to the Southampton area and stay overnight for a three hour meeting. However, I am delighted that he has offered to be co-opted on in the future for any special projects. All the other existing officers and committee members have indicated their willingness to stand for election for a further year. Peter has confirmed he is happy to continue as editor of the monthly Newsletter and as our webmaster (unless anyone else would like to take over!) and Laura Sturrock is willing to continue as our Auditor/Examiner.

Many thanks to Alan Howarth for running the Society Library (and also to Alan and Adrienne for continuing to store all those boxes); to Laurie Pearce for his regular assistance with the raffle; and to Gill Herbert and her volunteers for providing our monthly refreshments. Our monthly raffle still remains our highest regular income and I would like to thank all those members who regularly donate prizes.

Our President, Brian Evans, is always there to give his support and advice. Thanks for that Brian. In addition, many thanks to those members who arrive early at our meetings and lay out the hall.

As for the future, we have an interesting and varied programme of speakers and other activities arranged, including the return of Day-Star Theatre at the end of September and a further Skittles Evening planned for November (though it is possible that date might change). Full details of our future programme will be published in the Newsletter. I would be delighted to hear from members any suggestions, either for speakers, or for any other activities likely to be of interest to their colleagues.

Our monthly Newsletter remains our most important marketing tool and service to our members, particularly to those unable to get to our meetings. Andy, our Printer, has continued his excellent service and we always receive issues on time for our monthly meetings. Many of our members now choose to receive their Newsletter via email - which means, of course, they receive a full colour version. With few exceptions all the input to the Newsletter is from Peter Oates and myself. Thank you to those members who have provided contributions and I would urge others to follow their example.

Looking back to my report last year I said that "In all my previous Annual Reports I stated that the future looked bright for the Society if we were able to maintain our membership numbers and our sound financial position. We have not managed to attract sufficient new members and we must all work hard to bring the existence of the Society to the attention of people with waterways interests, living in our area". That situation remains unchanged. Unless we can attract new members attendances at our monthly meetings will gradually reduce and the Society could face 'stagnation'.

I would like to conclude by thanking all members for your continued support of the Society as we prepare to enter our 43rd year.

Paul Herbert

Chairman


Secretary's Report - 2008/09

 
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As Secretary my thanks first go to Paul Herbert for leading the Society through the last year.

I also want to say "Thank you" to my fellow committee members Anne, Maureen, David, Peter & Alan for their ideas & support.

All correspondence received has been discussed as necessary at the committee meeting and dealt with accordingly.

Just to recap some of the events and meetings the Society organised from August 2008:

In September, Dave Youldren from the Mid Hants Railway was interesting, particularly as the Society had visited the Watercress line a few months earlier in April. Later in September, we had another trip with Maureen and Brian Greenham organising "The Three Rivers Cruise" around the Solent. This was followed by another performance by Day-Star Theatre in October.

The Skittles Evening in November was again well supported and our thanks to Rogan and Lynne for ably organising it. We will miss them. Then at the Christmas meeting, the Inter-Society Waterways Quiz showed SCS to be the best!

2009 brought the Members' photographic evening and then Ron and Myra Glover described some of their cruising through Germany. We had a visit by Peter Payne talking about his life as a Thames lock-keeper at St Johns Lock.

Alan Smith's talk on Alaska and the Yukon was very good especially for Eric and Sue Lewis who did the same trip one week later in brilliant weather. At the end of April, we moved down the American coast as Roger Squires told us about the Panama Canal. In June we stayed local for a change with the Silent Auction.

Last but not least! Our President Brian Evans. Although I missed it, Alan was full of enthusiasm over the very good slides and "banter" of the evening.

We hope you enjoy our speakers. The Committee would be pleased to hear of any other topics that could make an interesting evening or Society trip. Our meetings continue to be advertised in local and national waterways newssheets and other publications as we are able.

Sales of Society clothing are slow at present, we need to encourage more Sales!

We trust you feel the Society has enjoyed another successful year.

Angela Rose

Secretary


Treasurer's Report - 2008/09

 
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This year, the good news is that we have taken more money than in the previous year in respect of subscriptions, raffle and refreshments! Subscriptions are up by nearly £200, and whilst some of this is due to members paying overdue amounts for earlier years, it's still a pleasing trend, as we were able to welcome several new members to the club this year.

We have also reduced our outgoings on the newsletters, due to a large number of members changing over to receiving them by email, which cuts the printing and postage costs.

This means that we have a healthy bank balance and have been able to increase our donations to waterways charities. This is masked somewhat, as you will see from the figures at the AGM, by advance payments paid out for the meal at Blue Hayes, and for clothing stock for sale, but the overall trend is upwards, and in the current economic climate, that's no small thing!

Anne Coleman

Treasurer


Accounts - Year ended 31 March 2009

 
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Unfortunately, these accounts were not available at the time this Newsletter went to press.


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