After welcoming Members to the AGM the Chairman, Ambrose Barber,
observed that the speakers at our meetings continued to entertain and
inform, that the barbecue and Christmas lunch went down well as did the
visit to the Hornby Centre. Ambrose thanked those who organised the
events and noted that Members not able to participate had been able to
read reports in the Newsletter. Reminiscences, too, had been enjoyed
and Ambrose asked people to keep sending them in.
A significant aim of the association was raising public recognition
of ‘Hawkers’ proud place in aeronautical history and the Kingston
Aviation Centenary Project initiative had gathered impressive momentum.
The consortium led by the Hawker Association had been awarded £49,500
by the Heritage Lottery Fund which would enable the project team to run
an impressive list of events and activities including a Kingston
Aviation Festival from 2nd - 5th June.
The joint project leaders, David Hassard and Bill Downey, had divided the tasks involved into assignments manageable by small teams of volunteers and Ambrose urged Members to support these activities.
Looking back over the last 9 -10 years the Association had benefited
from two assets in particular: the continued use of the ‘Hawker Centre’
and the dedicated Committee officers, and others, who have helped to
make things happen. None of us, said Ambrose, could manage without them
and we have good reason to thank them all very much.
Using ‘PowerPoint’ (!) Barry Pegram reported on programme and membership matters. Average attendance at talks had been 43, the top scorer being Andy Jones with 57 followed by Mat Potulski with 50.
The barbecue, the outing to Airfix and the Christmas lunch were well supported with 37, 29 and 48 respectively.
Membership stood at 374 with 67.6% local, 27.6% distant, 4.8% overseas, 14.2% ladies and 15% working. Membership had been generally flat since 2007 at about 375 ie losses equalled gains.
Sadly, eight Members had died: Eric Goose, Eric Haywood, Dawn Howes,
John L Parker, Don Pratt, John Partridge, Orde Scott and Selwyn
Treasurer, Martin Pennell presented the accounts for the period January 1st to December 31st 2011 and noted that the balance at year end, £3,589.08, exceeded that at the beginning and that the Association finances were in a healthy state with no need for any increase in the annual subscription.
Income had been £4,487.96 and expenditure £4,351. The three highest
regular outgoings were: stationery/postage at £1,023.85, room hire at
£550 ( a special reduced rate) and liability insurance at £438.49.
Principal regular incomings were: subscriptions at £1,940 and raffle
takings at £557.50