Set out below is the Treasurer's Report which I intend to present to the 2015 AGM, for your comments:
Figures have been audited by the independent examiner, Ian Chamberlain. As far as general funds expenditure is concerned, the costs for printing and distributing the walk programmes were in line with 2013, but the costs of the 2014 AGM were slightly up because we decided to increase marginally the level of refreshments over the previous year.
General fund income, mainly the contribution from the Hertfordshire and North Middlesex area of the Ramblers, is up by £65 this year as the 10% reduction imposed by Area to our budget request for 2013 was not repeated this year. The net result is a surplus for the year of £171, giving a cumulative surplus to carry forward of £518.This puts us in dangerous territory as far as Area is concerned as this surplus is in excess of current year’s spending (but not the budget request for 2015/6). On our social fund, the Xmas party made a small surplus of £38, but this was offset by a loss incurred on the Leamington charabanc trip of £46. This was priced so that we could break even at 90% take up, which did not seem unreasonable in view of the near 100% take up rate in past years. In the event, the take up rate this year was only 80%. I will leave it up to others to explain this drop if they can. The net result was a small overall deficit on the social fund for the year of £7, leaving a cumulative surplus of £259 to carry forward.
I now want to raise a topic not directly related to the year under report. Ramblers Central Office see increase in overall membership numbers as essential to meeting the central aims and objectives of the Ramblers Association. Included in the Royston Ramblers budget request approved by Area for the current year (2015/6) are a couple of items related to advertising and publicity. We have approval for a couple of tombstone adverts to be placed in the Royston Listing, and also for a direct approach to local employers to include a Ramblers flyer in the package given by those employers to their new retirees. If anyone has any experience of drafting this type of document (advert and approach letter) and would like to be involved can they please let me know?
David Allard commented on the difficulty in getting people to sign up for coach outings – not as high as previously.
7. Footpath Secretaries’ Reports (David Allard)
There are still two long outstanding proposals for diversions, which I hope will be concluded during the coming year. These are:-
I was invited to attend a meeting of Barley Parish Council when the PC agreed to withdraw their objection and the solicitors are now endeavouring to satisfy other objectors so that the diversion can be confirmed. I have taken Royston group members on an evening walk along the new route which has been in use for some time but only as a permissive path. On the next programme I shall be leading a morning walk along the new path by which time I hope that the diversion will have been confirmed. It is no longer feasible for the path to go through the gardens of the converted barns and the route around the gardens provides a satisfactory alternative.
This path, which goes from Gas Lane, close to the Tally Ho public house, and then through the garden of Rushingwells is proposed for diversion to avoid having to go through the garden. I have yet to meet a walker who wants to walk through the garden so it is to be hoped that a diversion will be agreed in due course. Barkway parish council are meeting on 20th October to discuss the matter. An Alan Tonge has written to RA Central Office saying he objects to the diversion. He did not give anaddress and only a mobile phone number. It may be some local disagreement but if Barkway PC are happy, we need not be too concerned.
Tuesday 19 February 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 5.5 mile / 8.8 km walk
Thursday 21 February 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 5 mile / 8.1 km walk
Sunday 24 February 2019Meeting at 09:30, Starting at 10:00A moderate 11 mile / 17.7 km walk
Tuesday 26 February 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 5.5 mile / 8.8 km walk
Thursday 28 February 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Sunday 3 March 2019Meeting at 09:30, Starting at 10:00A moderate 10 mile / 16.1 km walk