AGM February 2020

February snowdrops near the playground

The Annual General Meeting on 20th February was very well-attended despite the weather  attracting folk to stay in beside the fire!

Forty-three members packed into the Congregational Hall and there were 34 proxy votes ensuring the meeting was easily quorate. Trustees of the FOPL charity – Yvonne Davies, Duncan Fletcher, Nick Hignett, Colin Sharp and Irene Windows – were re-elected, together with the FOPL Officers:

Chair Yvonne Davies

Vice- Chair Bob Tune

Treasurer Colin Sharp

Secretary Janet Walsh

How much we’ve raised & how funds have been spent

Colin Sharp reported that our finances were in good order and presented the accounts for the previous year 2018/19. The 2019/20 accounts will be presented at  the next General Meeting, but a brief summary was given showing that we are more than on track to sustain funding commitments in the coming year i.e. payments towards library upkeep and development likely to be £3,500 pa. ( More information can be seen on the Update from the Committee page).

Bob Tune then introduced members of the committee who gave an entertaining run-down on fundraising and social activities during 2019/20.

What will happen when we move to the new premises at the Pavilion on Hall Bank?

Yvonne Davies, Chair, outlined plans for when the library moves. There was particular emphasis on a celebratory launch of the library in its new home in the Pavilion. Here’s an extract from her presentation:

Moving to the Pavilion will place us in a more central position in the village so footfall is likely to increase. Of course there will be some sadness  about moving from the old premises.  There is always a wistfulness about leaving a place you know and love, a place which has sustained a reliable service for so many of us and holds happy memories. But we need to remind ourselves that the building is not sustainable where it is.  Its shelf life is rapidly running out and more importantly, since the Mary Webb School has become an academy, the land and the building became the school’s property.  Without the Pavilion we could have been looking for another building run and funded entirely by FOPL volunteers, an expensive and probably unsustainable undertaking.

Yvonne thanked everyone there for their amazing support during the last 4 years which has enabled us to keep our library open to date. FoPL is now looking towards sustaining the service and hopefully expanding what the library can offer. There was a special thank you for the committee’s efforts. Over some excellent refreshments the audience discussed future plans and ideas which the committee could consider for the coming year.

Sadly all plans, like many others for all of us at this time, are on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we will certainly be ready to celebrate in our new premises whenever the time comes.


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