Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 7th April, 2019 at 10.00 a.m.
Chairman Korehan Dora 39
Treasurer Reg Wickings 39b
Les Bateson 30, Saeed Kanuga 31a, David Pipe 50b, John Sissons 55a, Martin Spatcher 62a, John Wetherell 86
The meeting was inquorate at 10.00 and was closed.
There being more than 25 present an EGM was convened commencing at 10.15 a.m.
IN ATTENDANCE: *Attendees and Apologies removed from Internet copy for reasons of privacy. Full copy available to plot holders on request.
- Apologies; were received from *
- Korehan Dora – Chair Welcomed those attending the meeting, and requested a moment’s silence to mark missing friends.
- Chair’s opening remarks KD thanked members of the Committee for their work throughout what at times had proved to be a challenging year.
He thanked the volunteers for their continued support and reminded members of their agreement to provide 10 hours a year voluntary work on the site.
He noted a number projects that had been undertaken by volunteers for the benefit of the site.
The new roofing for the clubhouse, the refurbished and augmented water supply, the installation of new cookers in the clubhouse and the gating of the ‘yard’ as a secure area for recyclable waste.
He reminded the meeting that a change had to be made in the site lease as the current lease would expire in 2021.
- Minutes of the meeting held Sunday 8thApril 2018, were AGREED to be a correct record of the proceedings.
- Matters arising from the Minutes As noted the site lease would expire in 2021 and the form of the organisation would change at or before the 2021 deadline.
John Wetherell Noted an error in the 2017 minutes that showed an incorrect shop surplus of 10%.
- Auditors report on accounts The Accounts as presented were agreed as correct by the Auditor.
- Secretary’s report N/A KD noted the need for a secretary. At present the secretarial tasks are being carried out by KD and RW. It was suggested that the work involved would amount to no more than 2-3 hours per week.
- Treasurer’s report for the 2018 financial year
The bank account and cash balances at the beginning of the year totalled £ 20935.54 and £21232.74 at the close of the year. The surplus for the year was £ 297.20
The Associations net worth was £20492 including shop stock and equipment valuation of £5124.50 and with an additional £5865 notionally held for non-association business
Tony Chase and Richard Milldenhall have audited the accounts, with no major problems identified. Both Tony Chase and Richard Mildenhall have agreed to stay on as auditors for the coming year.
Our surplus on the site account largely accrues from our Open Day which was very successful bringing in an income of £3392.87
and a charitable donation totalling £761.10 is being held for DRUMBEAT a charity working with autistic children and who have plots on the site. The autumn open day was hosted by Bromley Bee Keepers with Ann Schuman and Ross and their Pancake Stall . The beekeepers made contribution of £30 from sales of honey. Our thanks are due to all the volunteers who made the events possible.
The shop made a surplus of £313.46. The shop is run by a consortium of 4 plot holders. The opening hours have been maintained at 10 till 1 on Sundays and the shop is often open during the week. The profit margins are maintained at a rate of around 10% , this small margin is intended to cover any losses incurred during the year. John Wetherell manages the shop
As in past years the cost of site maintenance works £3929.60 would be very much higher if we were not fortunate enough in having members who donate their labour free of charge and to whom we all owe our thanks.
Significant items of expenditure during the year were £814.57 for the taking up and replacing water supply pipe under the main central path running the length of the site and installing new connections to the taps on this run of pipework. £487.84 for the erection of a gate and fence to stop dumping in the Yard area. £2007.30 for the purchase of a mower ,wheeled strimmer, an ordinary strimmer and a shredder /chipper .
The cost of the replacement of the clubhouse roof works. £ 2488.03 was not charged to the Site Maintenance account. The auditor suggested that given the use of the building, which included the shop, we might consider allocating between 40 % to 60% of the cost of roof repairs to the site maintenance account and this adjustment could be carried out in the new year
Our bill for water rates was £1492 this includes a bill of for the Winter period. .I have submitted meter readings which show our low use in the Winter and expect a further credit from Castle Water. The credit of £3200 mentioned in my last report was finally paid. A number of Associations are still having problems with overbilling and this seems to be stem in part to the lack of understanding by Castle Water of the seasonal nature of water use on allotments
Reg Wickings Treasurer KLHGA
RW reiterated the need for volunteer help on the site on the workdays (2nd Sunday in each month) and reminded the meeting of the work done by the Tuesday Group of friends who undertake various tasks including looking after the Peter Springall Memorial Garden, the orchard and picnic areas.
In addition to the £2488 spent on repairing the Clubhouse roof, £814 had been spent on renewing the water supply along the main pathway and £487 on the gate to the ‘Yard’. As noted this latter is a facility for depositing waste that can be recycled, in particular metal. Green waste, not plot composted, must be taken to the ‘Dump’ at the top of the site. All other waste must be removed from the site. As usual occasion bonfires will be used to dispose of solid burnable waste.
Additional ‘Stihl’ tools and a wheeled strimmer have been purchased for the site.
- Site Manager’s report Martin Spatcher reported that once again March winds have damaged and destroyed greenhouses. Plotholders are reminded to maintain all structures, and fix glass and doors securely.
As the weather in February was fairly mild, the first Weed Notices were issued in March, mainly for untidy plots and rubbish. April Weed Notices will be issued in the week commencing 9th April. A lot of grass needs cutting.
Over the winter, the old iron water pipe along the main path was replaced with two plastic pipes. Thanks are due to all those who helped.
On April 2nd, the water was turned back on, unfortunately we have an underground leak, so water to the bottom end of the site will be switched off until the plumber comes on April 9th.
Sunday April 14th will be a workday, plotholders are asked to try and attend.
On Sunday April 21st (Easter Day) there will be an Open Day planning meeting at 11am .
All dates and times are shown on the wall planner in the Clubhouse and on the website calendar.
Appointment of Auditors As noted in the Treasurer’s report, Anthony Chase and Richard Midenhall are willing to continue to serve as our Auditors for 2020
Proposed by the retiring committee.
MOTION ONE: 2% increase in rents 2020
A query was made as to the need for the increase.
The treasurer responded that the increase is necessary to maintain the level of the account.
The vote 39 in favour, 1 against. The motion was passed.
“The Association may at any time be dissolved by the consent of a two thirds majority of rnembers in attendance at an AGM or EGM ”
“The Association may amalgamate with, or transfer its assets and engagements to
– Another registered society
– To a company
– To a Co-operative Society OR
– Covert to a company
by the consent of a two thirds majority of members in attendance at an AGM
Subject to the same restriction on the distribution of profits set out in our lease with the London Borough of Bromley” and with a separate statement setting out:
-The reasons for the proposal:
– What alternative proposals have been considered and their viability:
– A report from reputable advisors recommending support for the proposal rather than any alternative proposal.
12 Election of Management Committee:
No election was necessary as the following four candidates were unopposed. Korehan Dora Chairman, Reg Wickings Treasurer, Martin Spatcher and Antoni Pogorleski Committee Members.
KD reported that Les Bateson has decided to step down from the Committee. KD thanked him for his contribution and dedication to the work of the committee and his service to the site.
13 AOB Workday. A query as to whether Saturday could be made an alternative to the Sunday for the workday. KD responded that while it is currently not possible to arrange a supervised workday on Saturdays, members are welcome to come at any time, as a list of tasks is always available on the clubhouse notice board.
Pam Dowling rose to thank the KHLA committee and members for the contribution to Drumbeat. The donation has been used to replace their shed on the site, providing an opportunity for the youngsters to gain practical skills, working with the tools needed for the construction.
KD reminded the meeting that it is helpful for the Committee to have the numbers of volunteers attending on Work Day and that food is always provided.
The meeting closed at 12.15
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 8th April, 2018 at 10.00 a.m.
Unfortunately the meeting was inquorate at 10.00 and was closed.
There being more than 25 present an EGM was convened commencing at 10.15 a.m.
IN ATTENDANCE: *Attendees and Apologies removed from Internet copy for reasons of privacy . Full copy available to plot holders on request.
Apologies; were received from *
Chair welcomed those attending the meeting, and requested a moment’s silence to mark missing friends. He expressed his appreciation for his re-election as Chair of the Association for the second year. Having promised to be fair and transparent, he hoped that he had fulfilled that commitment.
He drew attention to the Tuesday Works Group, and whilst he was appreciative of their efforts, he noted regretfully that it was, as always, the “usual suspects’ who volunteered for workdays. He reminded members that these took place on every second Sunday in each month.
Purchases during the year included a Mountfield Lawn Tractor, as well as two Honda Lawnmowers, and various STIHL accessories.
The cold weather during March had resulted in burst pipes in the clubhouse, causing inconvenience, and the roof is in need of repair. The polytunnel has been re-covered (for the second time), and he thanked the volunteers who worked on this project. Tree surgeons had been to make the site safe, following the collapse of trees following recent heavy winds. In spite of the absence of the commercial waste bin by the main gate, an accumulation of rubbish had occurred, has now been removed, and the area fenced in. Thanks were due to Saeed and Richard for this work. He remarked on the anomaly of the three missed meetings rule, as agreed at the 2017 AGM, and the submission of two of the names on the ballot paper.
Chair offered thanks for their services to Secretary/Treasurer, all members of the retiring committee, and those members who keep our movement active.
He hoped to see the terms of the new lease in the near future, and there is a possibility that the KHLGA may be required to become a legal organisation, possibly a charity. It was expected that the new lease, due in three and a half years’ time, would be for 18 years from this time.
Two Tellers were nominated and AGREED…. Antoni Pogorleski 32a and John Simmons 55a
- Minutes of the meeting held Sunday 2ndApril 2017, were AGREED to be a correct record of the proceedings.
- Matters arising from the Minutes – There were no matters arising from the Minutes.
- Auditors’ report on accounts
Heather stood to report that she felt Reg had tackled the Secretary’s role and treasurer’s role quite remarkably. There had been some questions concerning Account No. 1 and Account No. 2, but it is clear that the two accounts refer to monies which belong to Bromley, and which to KHLGA.
She was happy to accept the Accounts.
- Secretary’s report: There being no person with responsibility for this position, there was no report.
- Treasurer’s report:
Our assets at the beginning of the year totalled £21,559 and £20,935 by the close of year. The Association’s net worth was £19,305. The deficit for the year was £624.63.
In thanking the Auditors for their services, he was aware that Heather Mallinder had stood as a candidate for election to the Management Committee, which would require that another member would be needed as Auditor.
The Open Days had contributed largely towards the success of our year, with a combined income of £4,600, and donations have been made to ALD and Signal Lewisham, of £190 each. Thanks were due to all the volunteers who had worked on both events.
The shop had made a surplus of £410, representing a profit margin of 10%, Managed by John Wetherell, who would be making his own report. Site maintenance costs amounted to £4,948.81, which would have been higher without the support of the members who volunteered their time and labour. Tree works cost £1,210, a ride-on mower £1,899, skip hire for clearing the rubbish by the main gate cost £395.
Water rates still contentious. Castle Water have taken over from Thames Water, and invoiced us for £4,353.81. Apparently other Bromley allotments have suffered similar problems. A credit for £3,200 has been offered, but Treasurer is attempting to obtain a return of funds.
There was a question from the floor, whether we attempted to buy our equipment locally, supporting local suppliers, buying British. It was difficult to achieve this policy, and HONDA was mentioned as one of our suppliers, as we usually try to purchase four cheaper mowers ever year. This, apparently, was more economical than more expensive machines and maintenance costs.
The report was accepted.
SHOP REPORT – John Wetherell stood to give the report to April of this year. He reported that the audited accounts for the ending December 31, 2017 showed a surplus of £410 achieved from sales of £2,971. The Association shop bank account at HSBC at the beginning of January was £1,264 and during the year a transfer to the general association account of £6,907 had been made.
A monthly statement was presented to each committee meeting, and sales during the first three months of 2018 amounted to £432. There was a permanent float of £30 in the shop. Thanks were due to Korehand, Les and Trevor, and also to Eddie for the Compost trip from Purley.
Machine Hire: fees collected to 31st December 2017 were £715, fuel costs £205, repairs and renewals £191. This shows a recorded audited surplus for the year of £323. £300 passed to Treasurer, leaving cash in hand £23.
This report was accepted with acclamation.
- Site Management report
Martin stood to advise that the inclement weather had resulted in some damage and loose rubbish around the site, but that there would be a site inspection within a month of the meeting. Committee members were not exempt from receiving “weed” notices, and all members are required to keep the grass path nearest to the clubhouse cut and in a good condition.
Whilst it seems that some members considered the notices authoritarian, he sought suggestions for improving the system.
Members of the Tuesday group were thanked for their contribution in assisting clearing the yard by the gate, and special mention of Rosemary and Les for creating a path through the Green Waste area.
The water pipes system is undergoing renewal of metal with plastic piping. Work is still needed to rebuild or re-site the water meter chamber next to the top gate.
There had been an incident of a tick bite, resulting in Lymes Disease. Notices about Ticks and Lymes Disease symptoms are posted on the notices, and a tick remover is hung on the Clubhouse notice board. Treatment with anti-biotics as soon as possible is recommended.
Hand dryers and light switches refurbished in toilets by David Pipe, and the Tuesday group were involved in maintenance of the driveway.
The machine room door has a notice containing details of machine hire, and keys lost and found can be stored in the key box (Code 1066) on the office door. Emergency contact numbers for committee members are also inside this box.
Martin reminded members that the following Sunday was a designated “work day”, the Sunday afterward would be an Open Day Planning session, and that the spring open day was scheduled to be May 20th.
Discussion from the floor including the proposition that lists of specific projects requiring voluntary help might be listed or circulated, so that members might be able to volunteer to undertake these on days other than designated Sundays. The Committee have agreed to take this idea on board. Members felt that if there was rubbish around the site, it was common sense to clear it up.
The report was accepted.
- Appointment of Auditors -Anthony Chase was willing to stand for the following year. Following item 12 it may be required to appoint another Auditor.
11 Pam Dowling presentation on the work of Drumbeat.
Students are all on the Autistic Spectrum. Coming to the allotment gives them the opportunity to take responsibility of maintaining their plot, planting, growing, watering, weeding, buying in the shop and finally picking their produce. All produce is taken back to school and sold to members of staff. The monies collected are used first and foremost to pay our plot rent. Then we need to buy seeds, soil, compost, weed covering etc. usually from the shop if John has been able to open.
During the session the students also get to know other plot holders. They are encouraged to greet everyone they see. Speaking to others helps enormously with their social skills.
The students have been supported by various plot holders who have helped to put up a shed, show us how to prune vines, giving us advice, using the mowers etc. One plot holder, Brendan has taken Dumbeat under his wing and helped to design our beds. The session ends with, most importantly, tea and biscuits in the Clubhouse. Thursday is the morning the students are at KHLGA so please do come and see us on plots 89b and 90b or have a cuppa with us.
Alexandra School visit KHLGA twice a year usually in June and October. The visits are usually on a Tuesday and there are two different classes. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. On these visits we ask anyone who can volunteer their time to come for 10.00am and/or 1.30pm for about 1 ½ hours. The children come with teachers and other support. We take them on a walk around the site looking at what is growing. We look in compost bins. We look at the bees. We give them ideas of things to watch for. John shows him his wonderful nature pond and the creatures that live in it. The children are given a short talk about the site and also they are given ‘rules’ on how the behave on site and respect people’s plots. These visits are very exciting and end with tea, drink and biscuits. If you can help out please look on the notice board in the Clubhouse for dates.
This report was received.
MOTION ONE: 2% increase in rents 2019 – Proposed by the retiring committee
There was some discussion concerning the necessity and amount of this proposal. An amendment to limit the increase to 1% was lost by 12 votes to 20.
Final voting: in favour of the motion: 28, against, 2. The motion was carried.
Motions from Members
MOTION/S TWO: There are several motions/comments/suggestions for action relating to the Cause 4 change agreed at the last AGM. It is suggested that they may be dealt with in the following order.
Action on existing clause
The two people starred on the Ballot Paper should be removed as they are NOT ELIGIBLE TO STAND FOR ELECTION under the current rules.
Proposed Sophie Carrington 43b 44b – Seconded by John Griffiths –
This motion was withdrawn. The members named withdrew from the election.
Amend the clause to
“That any member of the management committee missing THREE meetings in the course of the year stand down, and not be eligible to stand for election the following year – the Chairman to have discretion to allow or discount absence in extenuating circumstances.
An amendment to delete “Chairman” and insert ” Committee”, was AGREED – 34 in favour,
Proposed Reg Wickings 36b 37b Seconded Korehan Dora 39
If this is agreed
It is further proposed that it be applied retroactively to the changes made at the last AGM.
Proposed Reg Wickings 36b 37b Seconded Korehan Dora 39, this motion was withdrawn.
Remove that part of clause 4 and replace with
To allow the committee by majority vote to ask a committee member to leave if it felt they were not making any contribution. Proposed June Allart 64a Seconded Jane Wright 63a
The voting for this motion was 0 members in favour, a majority were against, the motion therefore fell.
MOTION THREE: To abolish machine hire charges and to instead to install an box for voluntary contributions for fuel
Proposed Antoni Pogorleski32a Seconded John Simmons 55a
The voting for this motion was 2, with the majority against. The motion, therefore, fell.
MOTION FOUR: Any plot holder or committee member shall not be allowed to earn money for self-gain for doing any work on the allotment site
Proposed Dave Allart 68b Seconded Korehan Dora 39
This motion was voted for 32, against 1. The motion was carried.
Note: It is likely that there will be a requirement for KHLGA to register as a legal entity in order to sign the new lease with Bromley. One option could be registering as a Charity, in which case committee members or trustees would not be able to financially benefit from our activities.
MOTION FIVE: The present system of voting on motions is on the day of the AGM, this does not cater for those members that are unable to attend the meeting, in reality the club house would not be able to accommodate the majority plot holders at KHLG.
I propose that all future motions are presented and circulated to plot holders in advance of the AGM for their votes, this would enable votes from a much larger audience and a more accurate representation of association members.
Proposed Saeed Kanuga 31b Seconded Beverley Kanuga 32b
There was considerable discussion, voting was in favour 5, against 26, the motion therefore fell.
- Election of Management Committee:
Although nine names had appeared on the ballot paper, two had been discounted, (see Minute 10 vb of 2017 AGM) and the remaining seven therefore elected.
Heather Mallinder, John Sissons, John Weatherell, Les Bateson, Martin Spatcher, Nick Whiteley, Saeed Kanuga.
Officers: Chairman Korehan Dora, Secretary Vince Turner, and Treasurer Reg Wickings.
At this point in the meeting it was proposed that the question of the second Auditor be referred back to the Committee, but Richard Mildenhall put up his hand to volunteer for this post, and was ACCEPTED.
- AOB – There was no AOB
- Next AGM will take place on Sunday the 31st of March 2019