Andover and District Beekeepers Association
Minutes of Annual General Meeting held at Picket Piece Village Hall
Tuesday 6th December 2016.
To approve the minutes of AGM held 8th Dec 2015
These were agreed as an accurate representation of the meeting. Proposed Becky Chadd seconded Amanda Prideaux
Matters arising: None
Treasurer report: (Full audited accounts attached)
2016 has been a successful year. Membership is up on last year with 111 members. There are 18 new members. Income remains at a similar level to the previous year and is largely driven by gift aid and subscriptions. As a charity our cash reserves of £4200 are considered high and members are to be encouraged to submit ideas on how to use this money for the benefit of our Association. Good speakers for winter meetings are to be encouraged.
Education on matters beekeeping remains a priority for the long term wellbeing of our Association. To encourage young members and to offer support to young and new and existing members, the following will be offered:
• That there should be no change in subs for year 2016/17
• There will be no charge for junior members wishing to attend the beginner’s course.
Treasurer has information about member interests. If this were recorded in an accessible format, it was agreed that some skills would be valuable to the Association if members were willing to share them. As for information about bee keeping system, for trading and education purposes recording such information would be invaluable.
It was reported that building a database is in progress and tahks were extended to those members who have submitted forms.
Chair report. Thanks were extended to
1. Rob Hall for his organising events linked to new beekeeper training sessions. These include both the winter programme and apiary meetings plus organising entries for the module examinations
2. Becky, plus David and Julia Peart for their organising the honey show.
3. Tom Salter for his work in organising tutorial training sessions for those taking modules.
4. David Peart for is role in revising our web site pages.
5. Alex Emmett for her work as secretary
6. Andy Kingman for his work in coordinating his swarm team.
Dates and venues will be organised over the winter. Volunteers to host sites included
Jolyon Pope, Jim Stuart, John Haverson, Mike Barrie, Andy Kingman, Alan Telfer, Alan Summerfield.
To elect officers of the association
position person - proposed - seconded
Chair Alan Telfer - Jim Stuart - Mike Withers
Vice Chair Jolyon Pope - Jackie Shearer - Charles Eyre
Treasurer Charles Eyre - Jolyon Pope - Mic Laird
Secretary Mike Barrie - David Manuel - Mic Laird
Education Officer David Baker - Jim Stuart - Amanda Prideaux
Development Officer Tom Salter - Charles Eyre - Becky Chadd
Membership Secretary Becky Chadd - Charles Eyre - Nigel Semmence
HBA Representative Jim Stuart - Jolyon Pope - Debby Watts
Spray Liaison Jim Stuart - Charles Eyrs - Andy Kingman
Honey Show Becky Chadd - Nigel Semmence - Jim Stuart
Swarm Line Andy Kingman - David Manuel - Les Watts
Web Mintenance David Peart / Gillian - Becky Chadd - David Baker
Offers were invited for members wishing to participate in club affairs. Volunteers putting their name forward were:
person - proposed - seconded
Alan Summerfield - Charles Eyre- Alan Telfer
Mic Laird - John Haverson - Matt Somerville
In accordance with our Andover Beekeepers Asc constitution, the committee will consist of our President plus 7 members: Alan Telfer, Jolyon Pope, Charles Eyre, Mike Barrie, David Baker, Alan Summerfield, Mic Laird
This is attached as a separate page
Rob Hall congratulated members who had passed their module exams and presented certificates. These members were
Module 1: Becky Chadd, Jolyon Pope, Henry Brett, Rachel Hall
Basic: Manoochur Gerayesh
John Haverson suggested a debate for and against rearing local queens be set up. After discussion, it was agreed that John would use one of our winter meetings slots to present his case for the use of local reared queens.
Addam Cunliffe voiced concerns about the manner in which our MP Kit Malthouse had responded to Mic Lairds letter about decline in bee numbers. He suggested inviting Kit Malthouse to a meeting with Andover Beekeepers. It was agreed that this should be done.
Meeting closed 10.15 p.m.
Alan Telfer Chairman
Jolyon Pope Vice chairman
Charles Eyre Treasurer
Mike Barrie Secretary
David Baker Education Officer
Alan Somerfield volunteer
Mic Laird volunteer