|Annual General Meeting 2010Â||
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 24 March 2010
1.Â Welcome by the President: Sir Angus Stirling welcomed all present.
|Report of the Trustees for the year ended 31 December 2009||
The president is Sir Angus Stirling.
The trustees who held office since 1 January 2009 were:
R D N Hopkins (chairman)
Objects and Policies
Management and Organisation
Review of Activities and Achievements during the Year
An appropriate lighting system to illuminate the conserved ceramic tiles under the cafeteria arches was sourced, installed and paid for during the year. However, efforts in seeking the design and production of wall hangings for use in the cafeteria to reduce noise levels again proved fruitless. The agreed donation of equipment and educational aids to The Ecology Centre was completed early this year.
The owners of the Commonwealth Institute site on the Parkâ€™s southern boundary applied for and were eventually granted approval for their proposed scheme of redevelopment despite strong local and national opposition, including that of The Friends.
The provision of childrenâ€™s toilets adjacent to the Adventure Playground remains an unresolved issue.
The twenty-seventh Annual Art Exhibition in March was supported by 85 artists, whose sales' commissions and entry fees raised Â£1,400 for the Friends. This was a considerable improvement on the previous year and a good result in the prevailing economic climate. Other fundraising and social events for members included two illustrated talks: â€™The Birds of Brayâ€™ in February and â€˜A House Rebornâ€™ in October.
The Friends again co-operated with Park management to run a Holland Park Open Day in June. Also during the summer, The Friends reinstated a â€˜Pimmâ€™s in the Parkâ€™ party, which
The Friendsâ€™ AGM was held on 1 April. The Friendsâ€™ Committee met on six occasions and four issues of the newsletter were produced during the year. The Friends were represented at each of the bi-monthly Holland Park Liaison Committee meetings and at The Royal Borough's three Holland Park Advisory Group meetings. The chairman was also invited by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environmental Management and Leisure to attend one
Future Developments in 2010
It is fully expected that this year, when the opera season is over, the terraced area in front of the House will be landscaped, and hopefully opened to the public, though there are some safety and security issues to be resolved.
Providing the necessary approvals can be obtained, it is hoped that an alternative approach to designing and producing the proposed wall hangings for the cafeteria will make better progress this year. Plans are also afoot to have two new benches designed and presented to the Park and there is the possibility of work being done on a couple of new publications.
The annual Art Exhibition will run as usual this year and in addition to the normalÂ February and October events for members the reinstated â€˜Pimmâ€™s in the Parkâ€™ party will be repeated in July. The annual Christmas Concert will take place in December to round off the year.
The Trustees consider that the present resources of the Charity are adequate to meet its obligations.
The Charity currently has substantial reserves because:
â€¢ Park projects, which the Charity has indicated a willingness to support, have not yet received final approval from The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
If all these commitments and indications are fulfilled, a substantial proportion of the reserves would be expended.
â€¢ select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;
The trustees are responsible for keeping proper accounting records which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Charity and enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Charities Act 1993. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Charity and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.
Nicholas Hopkins (chairman)