The 26th. Annual General Meeting of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust Ltd. was held at Park View Centre, Chester Road North, Brownhills, Walsall WS8 7JB on 10th June 2016.
37 members and 7 officers were present. Here is a brief summary of the proceedings. The full accounts are available below as a pdf file.
Chairman’s Report: The Chairman paid tribute to the dedication and work of his predecessor, the late Brian Kingshott, and expressed his willingness to continue to act as Chairman to the Trust during the current year until a suitable candidate is found. As this day was the 85th birthday of our President, the Chairman invited those present to mark the occasion in the customary vocal manner. The Chairman went on to outline the achievements of the past year, and thanked the work-party volunteers on both the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals, the Sales and Promotions Team, and the Directors for their valuable, unpaid work during the year which had an estimated total value of £400,000. Special thanks was given to the two retiring Directors, Bob Mullarkey and Mike Battisson for their efforts in the Health & Safety and Environmental fields respectively.
Finance (Bob Williams): An abbreviated extract of the accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015 was circulated and explained by Bob. The full accounts as prepared by the Trust’s examiners, Dains Accountants) were available for inspection. Tribute was paid to Bob for his work in handling the Trust finances and to Mavis Moore for her contribution to the success of the 500 Club. Approval of the accounts was proposed by the President, seconded by Hugh Millington and they were approved unanimously.
Health and Safety (Dora Hancock): Dora informed the meeting of her success in attaining the NEBOSH qualification in Health and Safety on which she was congratulated. She has introduced a monthly report to the Directors on Health and Safety matters which is now taken as an early item on the Council agenda, reflecting the increased importance now being placed on these issues. Dora is working closely with site leaders on both Construction and Green Teams and is introducing site attendance records, risk assessments and volunteer training (including first aid). She mentioned the appointment of a new volunteer Health and Safety professional to act as advisor to the Trust and stated her determination to continue improvements during the coming year.
Engineering (Peter Buck): Peter reported on the major engineering achievements during 2015. These included the negotiation of a satisfactory solution to the issue of the HS2 crossing of the Lichfield Canal, and the Social Investment Business award which enabled extensive works to begin creating a towpath trail at Summerhill (the Boat Inn to the M6 Toll aqueduct). The latter involved the construction of a culvert over the Crane Brook, the planting of some 2000 trees and shrubs, and the laying of 600m of high- voltage electrical cable beneath the re-constructed towpath. Peter echoed the Chairman’s thanks to all the Trust volunteers.
Hatherton Canal (Dennis Cooper): A report was submitted giving details of the work being carried out by the Hatherton volunteer group to maintain and improve the condition of the towpath, now being used by an increasing number of visitors.The President expressed a wish that, with the exciting developments on the Lichfield Canal, the Hatherton Canal should not be overlooked. The Chairman assured members that this was not the case - progress on the Hatherton had been held up by delays in the process of acquisition of two vital parcels of land, completion of which was expected to take place very soon.
Election of Directors:
The following Directors retired by rotation: Michael Battisson, John Bryan, Dora Hancock, Robert Williams.
Robert Mullarkey had resigned as a Director and Michael Battisson did not wish to stand for re-election.
Directors elected and proposed by the Chairman: John Bryan (seconded by Tony Cadwallader), Dora Hancock (seconded by Jeanne Buck), Robert Williams (seconded by Pat Ainge).
Co-opted Director, Christine Howles, was formally elected (proposed by the Chairman, seconded by Peter Buck).
Any other business
Hugh Millington thanked the Directors for their kind words of praise and appreciation of the work of the volunteers.
The President expressed a wish that, with the exciting developments on the Lichfield Canal, the Hatherton Canal should not be overlooked. The Chairman assured members that this was not the case - progress on the Hatherton had been held up by delays in the process of acquisition of two vital parcels of land, completion of which was expected to take place very soon.
The formal business of the meeting was followed by an interesting and informative talk by Ian Lane, West Midlands Waterway Manager, on the work of the Canal and River Trust and the way in which the organisation is changing following its assumption of the duties and responsibilities of the late British Waterways.
Trustees Report and Financial Statements
For the year ended 31 December 2015
Click here to view as a pdf document.