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Cornwall Annual General Meeting 2020 - Report

05th Feb 2020

Our 2020 AGM was held at the William IV in Kenwyn Street, Truro on Monday 20th January.

Hopefully everyone who attended had an enjoyable night.

The following were positions were elected. Chair Peter Moore, Secretary Martin Tarbuck, Treasurer Barbara Stannaway, Committee members Sharon Redman, Chris Camps, Paul Danneau, Karen Danneau, Kate Dixon.

The AGM marked the retirement of Sandra Couch. Sandra was a former Chair and Secretary of the Mid-Cornwall AA and the Secretary of Cornwall AA and had been an active volunteer before any of us had even heard of CSSC. Certainly over 30 years.  Many tributes were paid to her and we are al very grateful for her efforts.  We hope Sandra will continue to attend our events.

The Chairman’s report is reproduced below.

We have arranged 14 events, published a full 6 editions of our newsletter, entered into the world of social media and managed the organisation and its finances efficiently.We have had another full year.

The events we arranged were:-

  1. The 2019 Annual General Meeting
  2. Our First Needle Felting day
  3. A trip to Spires Restaurant
  4. Discounted Tickets for Royal Cornwall Show
  5. A Mystery Tour coach trip (to Bude) with a pub meal on the way home
  6. A night at Les Musicals at the Regal Theatre
  7. A tour of Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum with a cream tea
  8. The 5th Annual Walking Treasure Hunt
  9. Our Second Needle Felting Day
  10. A Quiz night
  11. A Murder Mystery Night at the Alverton Manor
  12. A weekend away in London
  13. An Exeter shopping trip by coach
  14. Subsidised tickets for the Theatre Royal Pantomime.

Generally our events sold out – when there was a limited number of places – and feedback was very positive.  We are always looking for new ideas, so please don’t hesitate to suggest things.

The format of the newsletter has changed and although I still write the copy in almost the same form, it is now re-ordered by Head Office into a format more suited for mobiles and tablets.  Whilst I somewhat regret the passing of the traditional paper copy, I have to accept that all research suggests that those who read the newsletter are much more likely to do so on mobile devices.

We now have a Facebook Group, if you have not joined please do so and feel free to post any CSSC related stuff.  This will almost certainly be the method for releasing the first news of new events, so if you do not want to miss out, sign up now.  (Any problems on doing so, please contact me.)

The Committee is stronger than ever.

I must first pay tribute to our retiring secretary Sandra Couch.  Sandra has been a stalwart of the Association, and the Mid-Cornwall AA beforehand.  She was Chair and Secretary of the Mid Cornwall Association at times when there was only Barbara and her running the show.  I think it is no exaggeration to say that this Association would not exist had it not been for her efforts.  A very big thank you to Sandra for all her work and we hope to see you at events in the future.

A few more words of thanks are due and apologies as this list is far from exhaustive.

All of our Committee have contributed significantly over the year, but special thanks to Martin Tarbuck for stepping up to fill Sandra’s position, Chris Camps for getting to grips with Facebook and Nutickets and for running the Wheal Martyn trip, and to Paul Danneau for the Quiz night. Thanks of course to Barbara for doing much of the organising with me. 

Thanks to Alan Ibbotson for auditing our accounts so quickly and efficiently.

Thanks also to Natalie Parry, our Volunteer Team Leader, for her constant support, encouragement and guidance over the year. Also to Pete Smith and Debbie Jones from the Regional Committee for their help. On a more personal note, particular thanks to Vic Hibbert for his support during my illness.

Many of you will know that 2019 was a difficult year for me personally, with two major operations in Derriford and a stay in Treliske with pneumonia, but despite all of this, we continued to operate the Association with minimal disruption.

I was flattered to receive the SW Volunteer of the Year award at the Regional Conference, both for my work as Regional Treasurer and Cornwall AA Chairman.

All this was only possible with the support of those around me.  The fantastic support of my wife Barbara, the work of all the Committee and volunteers, the active participation of our members and the support from the CSSC staff.

Our Quality Street score for 2019 was 30/36 overall. The score in each category was as follows:

  • Managing the Organisation 6/6
  • Volunteers 5/6
  • Membership Benefits 5/6
  • Recruitment and Retention 4/6
  • Partnerships 5/6
  • Communications 5/6

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