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Lincoln Area CSSC Committee Meeting

13th Mar 2020

Chair - Gill Hall

Treasurer - Sue Kemp

Secretary - Steve Mason

Committee Members - Joan Andrews, Ian Martin, Sandra Pridgen, Carol Hajji

Regional Representative - Dudley Davenport


Michelle Chelu

Matters of accuracy


Proposed - Sandra Pridgen

Seconded - Joan Andrews

Matters Arising


Chairs report (Gill Hall)

Good evening and welcome to the CSSC Lincoln Area 2020 AGM. Firstly I would like to thank all members for coming along tonight to support your Lincoln Area Association committee and I do hope you all have an enjoyable evening.

Graham Metcalfe is not a committee member but must be thanked for the time he has given to organise a Golf Day at Sleaford Golf Clubs not only for Lincoln members but also to include the “golfing members” from the Grimsby Area and he has kindly agreed to do this again in 2020. In 2019 Dudley managed and maintains the HH (Historical House) tickets and has supported the Lincoln Area throughout 2019 by attending our committee meetings when he is able, but also representing the Lincoln AA on the Regional committee providing us with valuable feedback from their meetings.

Due to deterioration in Dudley’s health and the fact that he will be 80 in 2020 he has decided to hand the HH tickets over to Steve, who will monitor their uptake and provide HO with any details they need regarding the tickets usage as their Finance Paper 3 dictates.

Once again we have had a very successful year by running numerous events that have been fully supported by members. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the committee for supporting me and our Lincoln members for giving up many hours of their own time to help organise so many diverse events. All the committee have individual responsibilities, from Sue our treasurer who keeps our finances in order, to Steve who last year took on the secretarial duties in 2019 even though he was adamant that he did not want to accept the position as the Lincoln AA secretary. Thank goodness he did because together with Sue they have both had extra training and authority to manage the Nu ticketing system.

All the committee received some basic training which has now changed dramatically and we are all about to receive a refresher course. The other four committee members have all contributed in organising the days out to York, Whitby, Leeds and numerous meals at different locations throughout the Area to encourage new members to join CSSC. On behalf of Lincoln committee I would like to send a huge thank you to our VTL (Volunteer Team Leader) Michelle Chelu for all her help and support throughout 2019. Michelle has helped Lincoln AA with its Nu ticket training, Quality Street application and a submission for the Russell Scott Trophy. As most of you are aware, Quality Street is simply a method of evaluating how well the Lincoln AA has done throughout the year by meeting certain set OF standards. In 2019 Lincoln AA recorded a score of 34 out of a possible 36 making our achievement to be among the highest in the country a huge boost for all the committee’s efforts.

At the end of 2019 Ian Martin who had been a committee member for 10 years, decided that he would like to retire from his committee position. We all wish him well and I would like to thank him for all the time and dedication he has given to CSSC over the last ten years and particularly Lincoln AA. I would also like to express my sincere thanks to all our members who have supported our events and attended our meetings.

Please continue with your support and encourage your colleagues and friends to join the CSSC and perhaps take part in some of the Regional and National events that are sponsored by the CSSC, Theses are generally, but not always fully, well subsidised.Action points

Treasurers report (Sue Kemp)

Lincoln CSSC received a grant of £6,026 in January 2019. With that grant we delivered 10 events, provided 4 Historic House and 1 Football season ticket for members and paid out numerous subsidies including National Trust, Swimming & Gym We ended the year with £1,431 The year-end accounts have been audited and are ready to be submitted to Head Office.

Secretaries report (Stephen Mason)

This has been another busy year for the Lincoln Area Association with a diary full of events throughout the year and the majority running as scheduled.

We have ran events to Tatton Park Flower Show, had numerous shopping trips and the annual one to the Goth weekend at Whitby for Halloween. To encourage membership from the Gainsborough area we have been holding evening events at the local “Curry House” and also special evenings at the China Rose at Bawtry where there was a celebration dinner with entertainment.

I would like to thank our members for their support at our events and for the positive and encouraging attitude that the members have shown.

Election of Officers

There being no new nominations received before the AGM the sitting officers and committee members were re-elected. When the Chair asked if there were any other nominations Denise Jolliffe said that she would be willing to re-join the Lincoln AA as a committee member.

Nomination for National AGM Delegate

It was proposed that Gill Hall represent Lincoln AA at the 2020 National Conference to be held this year at the Celtic Manor resort Newport and Carol Hajji will be attending as observer. Carried by all members present.

Any other business

Michelle Chelu thanked the committee for all its hard work during 2019. Michelle gave a quick National update on the new ticketing system and was sorry to say that we had as expected lost our free entry into the Royal Palaces but we can now gain free entry to Kew Gardens with our CSSC membership.

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