Ryde Social Heritage Group AGM 2018
The AGM took place at the George Street Centre on Saturday 13th October.
Shelagh Gaylard (Chairman) spoke about the many events that had been going on throughout the year and the forthcoming activities and open days in the Ryde Cemetery, to commemorate the centenary of WW1. At the end of her report, Shelagh showed the members her father’s grey mug from the first world war.
Arthur Williams (Treasurer) gave his yearly report and said the group finance is in a very healthy state at present.
Kate MacDonell (Membership Secretary) gave an update on the membership position, and was happy to report that there were now over ninety members. Carol Strong (Mapping Co-ordinator) was unable to be present so her report was read out by Kate on her behalf.
Ann Barrett (Research Co-ordinator) told us there were 20,803 files on the website at that date and produced details of various assistance the team had given to enquirers.
Election of committee members then took place, when Barbara Hunt and Ann Barrett were confirmed for the coming year. A show of hands was asked for to enable Barbara and Ann to organise a Special General Meeting to invite nominations for posts on the committee. Specific roles can be broken down to make it easier to manage and give more members the opportunity to participate in the group. Date, time and venue to be advised.
Shelagh, Kate, Arthur, Cherry and Rob decided to stand down from the committee this year, as from 13th October, and we look forward to them carrying on with the general volunteering and enjoying the break from those positions.
A raffle and members draw took place and refreshments were served.
The final item was a quiz, presented by Ann, called “Who am I”. Photos of people from Ryde or who had spent quite a while in Ryde were shown and the audience was invited to identify who they were. This went well and members seemed pleased with the interaction.
Photograph by David Bushell