ROSA AGM AND ANNUAL LUNCH: SUNDAY 19 MAY 2019
ROSA AGM AND ANNUAL LUNCH: SUNDAY 13 MAY 2018
The ROSA AGM and Annual Lunch were held on a Sunday (for the first time) – 13 May 2018, at the Mermaid Inn, Rye. As usual, our grateful thanks go to Judith Blincow and her team for all their hard work in organising the day and providing, as ever, a fantastic lunch.
Although the fact that it was held on a Sunday created problems for some, overall the general view was that it was a good day of the week to choose. But we’d be happy to hear your views about this.
The AGM was attended by ten or so old scholars – an improvement on last year.
Here is the agenda:
We received a number of apologies for absence, but the good news is that some of those said they would be attending the 60s reunion in September. It is looking as if we will be having a good attendance at that.
The minutes of last year’s meeting (below) were then agreed.
Sue Moore, the ROSA Treasurer, presented the accounts for the year ended 31 December 2017 (see below).
As you can see, the finances are in a fairly healthy position. This is partly due to some very generous donations we have received in the past year, including one given to us on 13 May (this is not shown in the accounts as they deal with the position up until the end of 2017).
Next came the election of officers. The meeting noted with great sadness the passing in November 2017 of Margery Nettle (nee Odell) who had been a hard-working ROSA Committee Member for many years. ROSA was well-represented at Margery’s thanksgiving service in Rye Church just before Christmas. (See the Obituaries page )
The officers for 2018/2019 are as follows:
President Richard Moore
Chairman Tim Rothwell
Treasurer Sue Moore
Secretary Judith Blincow/Claire Spacey
Bulletin Editors Richard Moore/Gordon Boxall (and Committee help)
Press Officer: Margaret O’Neill
Website: Tim Rothwell
Committee: John Breeds Andrew Spacey Claire Spacey Shirley Bannister
Tim Rothwell reported that there had been a very encouraging response to his email asking members to confirm whether they wished to continue receiving updates – only a few have not responded so far, and several new names have been added.
The meeting then noted that the 60s reunion is being held on Saturday 22 September 2018 from 7pm. The venue, the Richard Merricks Room at the Sidney Allnutt Pavilion on the Rye Cricket Salts has very appropriate ROSA connections. Admission is by ticket on the door price £10, including a buffet supper. There is a licensed bar.
The meeting was reminded that the 70s reunion will be held on Saturday 21 September 2019. If the venue for the 60s reunion proves a success, the 70s reunion may also be held at the Sidney Allnutt Pavilion.
There being no further business, members proceeded to enjoy the Annual Lunch.
There were 34 members and their partners, family and friends at the Annual Lunch. As ever, Judith Blincow and her team provided wonderful fare and service, and Richard Moore continued his now well-established tradition of generously providing jars of his famous home-made marmalade and jam. All attendees seemed to be of the view that the day had been a great success. Here are some photos.
ROSA AGM – 5 May 2017
The ROSA AGM was held on Friday 5 May 2017 at the Mermaid Inn, Rye before the Annual Lunch (see below).
The main points arising from the AGM are as follows.
Overall, there was a deficit for the year 1 January – 31 December 2016 of £379.63. This was due to the fact that income from subscriptions and donations was significantly lower than the previous year, partly because no major fund-raising event was held during the year. In addition, there was a one-off expenditure of £120 involved in setting-up the website. There will be similar expenditure for the current financial year in maintaining the site. Given this, and in the light of the positive and encouraging feedback we have received on the website, it would be great if ROSA members, especially life-members, felt able to make a small donation to support this new and important activity.
If you do feel able to do this, please send a cheque to our Secretary, made payable to Rye Old Scholars’ Association, at the following address:
Mrs Judith Blincow, ROSA Secretary, The Mermaid Inn, Mermaid Street, Rye, East Sussex, T31 7EY
ROSA bank account details are as follows:
Account Name: Rye Old Scholars
Sort Code 60-18-09 Account No. 59114479.
The following were proposed and seconded as the Committee Members for the year 2017/18:
President Mr Richard Moore
Chairman and Website Manager Mr Tim Rothwell
Treasurer Mrs Susan Moore
Secretary Mrs Judith Blincow
Bulletin Editor Mr Richard Moore
Press Officer Mrs Margaret O’Neill
Overseas Correspondent Mr Gordon Boxall
Committee Mrs Shirley Bannister, Mr John Breeds, Mrs Margery Nettle,
Mr Andrew Spacey, Mrs Claire Spacey
The AGM stressed the importance of having greater Committee representation from the Thomas Peacocke and Rye College years. The Committee would be delighted if you are from that era and would like to join the Committee, or know someone who is and would be interested. If so, please contact our Secretary, Mrs Judith Blincow at email@example.com
The Committee meets 2 to 3 times a year, usually at the Mermaid in convivial surroundings. There may be the occasional commitment in helping out at social and fund-raising events.
The AGM was updated on the progress being made regarding the website, which was launched in February. Its use is being monitored through Google Analytics and it is encouraging that it seems to have been well-received. We have also had some encouraging feedback. Although it is kept to a minimum, as mentioned in the Finance Report above there is a need to spend resources on the website from time to time, including the annual fee to the company that hosts the site.
For the site to remain interesting, it is vital that it contains new material on a regular basis. We are planning to include more photographs and items from the past in the coming months, but would be delighted if you can send us any material that you think might be of interest. If you do have such items, please send them to the website manager, Tim Rothwell, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Lunch – Mermaid Inn: 5 May 2017
For a variety of reasons, numbers at the annual lunch were down this year but those attending still had a great time and enjoyed a wonderful meal. Many thanks to Judith Blincow and Claire Spacey of the Mermaid Inn and their colleagues, as well as thanks as always to our President Richard Moore for providing guests with the traditional gift of his home-made preserves. This year saw the introduction of the intriguing Prosecco Marmalade!
Here are a just a few photos from the lunch.
Margaret O’Neill makes a point to Jen Tomkinson
Neil Perry has heard something interesting
Martin Blincow in conversation with Miss Getley with Judith Blincow listening in
Keith Thompson and Julia Ann Fuggle
Jen and David Tomkinson
Sadly, this year the weather was unseasonably too cold for a group photo. Perhaps next year….