The meeting was held at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday the 5th March 2009 at the Ark, Cotham Road South, charied by Nigel Tasker and attended by 51 residents. Charles Grant sent his apologies for absence.
Minutes of the 2008 general meeting had been approved at the April 2008 committee meeting.
The report of the past year – Nigel Tasker summarised the annual report of the last year’s business, which was available at the meeting and posted on www.kingsdownbristol.net. The report was adopted. Tony did not make himself available for re-election has stood down from the committee after many years. The committee are very sorry to lose him because of the invaluable service that he has given to the Group. The meeting thanked Tony for his work.
The annual accounts – Pauline Allen presented the Group’s accounts for the year (for a downloadable version in Word format, see kcgacc08) , which were adopted. Capital payments this year were made for a tree in the St. Matthews Road garden, two new notice boxes and a lantern box for the lamp post at the bottom of Spring Hill.
Membership There are 136 members in about 100 households.
The 2009/10 committee The meeting elected the officers and the committee who will be Pauline Allen (treasurer), John Frenkel (secretary), Nick Kidwell, Andy King, Jeremy Newick (Conservation Advisory Panel representative), Helen Phillips, Nigel Tasker, Wendy Tomlinson and Mary Wright. Helen Phillips retired from the secretaryship but offered to continue as a committee member. Helen has been secretary for many years. The meeting thanked her for her service. Tony Kerr promised to continue to maintain the website with Pete Ferne. Bridget and Malcolm Parker have agreed to continue as membership secretaries. Committee Members’ details appear on the KCG website
The committee emphasise that any member who wishes to come to a committee meeting is welcome. The Group needs more committee members to share the work.
David Mellor told the meeting that with Ian Abrahams and others he proposes a small working party to negotiate the design of the proposed pilot residents’ parking scheme with the City’s Highways Department. Residents will be kept informed via the website and the noticeboards.
The formal meeting then closed to be followed by a talk by Madge Dresser who has recently published a book on the Ethnic Communities of Bristol. Madge’s topic ranged from the year 1,000 to the present. A feature of Bristol that could scarcely be over-emphasised was Bristol’s ferociously exclusive parochialism and religious non-conformity. Helen Phillips thanked our speaker.
Andy and Lucy King very kindly provided wine and soft drinks for members.