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Solent Metal Detecting Club News. Most recent entries at the top.
|Wednesday January 14th 2015, Club
meeting. This meeting included the Annual General
Meeting of the club.
Annual General Meeting
1) Apologies for absence.
1) Apologies for absence were received from four members.
2) Chairman's report. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
The Chairman started by welcoming new members.
The annual membership fee remains at £10 for 2015.
At the start of 2014 the existing committee were re-elected to serve another year in their respective positions.
12 new members joined at the start of 2014, maintaining our maximum membership of 50 members.
In January 2014 the club took out Public Liability Insurance to cover eventualities not covered by our individual FID/NCMD insurance.
We were fortunate during 2014 as there were only 5 weeks when no farms were available for detecting.
Charity Donations during 2014,- £50 to a club member for the 'Rocky Rollers' sponsored mobility scooter run.
£100 to the Royal Naval Association Club.
£1000 to the Rosemary Foundation. £500 at Easter and £500 at Christmas.
At Christmas, a bottle of red and a bottle of white wine was presented to each of our landowner.
As a club, we did not attend any rallies this year.
Our Christmas meal was at the Langbrook Farm Inn, Havant, and was enjoyed by all 35 members who attended.
This year saw the takeover of FID by the Central Searchers. members were able to renew their FID membership with few problems.
We continued to have a good relationship with the PAS through our FLO Katie Hinds.
The membership were reminded that detecting on our farms could only take place on the sites, and at the times, specified in the monthly schedules, i.e. the 'digs list'. To detect on a farm or at a time not included in the digs list could cause the club to lose permissions and could bring the reputation of the club and of metal detecting in general into disrepute.
The Chairman announced he would be standing down after three years of service due to impending retirement.
3) Treasurer's report. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
The club continues to be in a good financial state, although in 2014 we borrowed from the club funds in order to top up our charity donation at Christmas. The sum of £174.65 was shown on the accounts and was now cleared.
An additional expense during 2014 was the cost of the Third Party/Public Liability insurance that we now have renewed. The need for such insurance was explained by the Treasurer in relation to individual FID membership by most members and SMDC's current non affiliation to NCMD.
The end of year accounts can be viewed in the Member's Only area of the solentmdc.co.uk website.
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4) Election of the committee for 2015.
Five members volunteered to serve on the committee for 2015. These were proposed and seconded by the membership and consisted of, - Treasurer, Secretary, Consultant, plus two other members. A Farms Liaison person was also elected. See the 'Member's Only' page for details.
5) Any other business.
No items proposed under Any Other Business.
6) Conclusion of formal AGM business.
The formal AGM business was concluded and the normal monthly meeting started.
There was the usual raffle and general discussion of finds and metal detecting in general.
The next meeting will be on the 11th of February 2015 at the usual venue. Our FLO, Katie, will be at the February meeting and may bring a young archaeology student with her. Get your finds ready for recording on the PAS !
To see the archives of the News pages -
click here for 2010, and here for 2011, and here for 2012, and here for 2013, and here for 2014.