The Chair gave the annual chair report. The year had been a difficult one for pubs and breweries. The NEC had been having regular monthly ‘Virtual’ meetings. The planned May ‘Woodfest’ had to be cancelled along with other events. Our usual representation at beer festivals was also cancelled.
There had been a big increase in membership, mainly from the Manchester area.
He welcomed the new Webmaster, Andrew Woodcock, to the NEC.
He thanked Patrick Deller, who is standing down as products manager, for his efforts and also Roger Jacobson, who has been editor of the ‘Pint In Hand’ magazine for about 40 years, who is standing down in a year’s time.
He also extended condolences for two members; Roger Owen and Steve Waters, who he had been notified had passed away recently and those present raised a glass in their memory.
The Treasurer gave a short report saying that the Society had increased its profit for the year, mainly due to the increased number of new members and a considerable number of renewals.
The online shop for Society products was now up and running on the website, and new members and renewals are also using the website facility to join the Society.
There were 2 amendments to the constitution put to the AGM and passed; Adding the ‘Wood Liaison’ and ‘Events Coordinator’ positions to the NEC. The second one was to alter the date for the AGM from the second week in March to a date in March, to be determined by the NEC, so that it does not clash with the ‘Six Nations’ rugby tournament. This will usually be on a Saturday so that out of London members can attend and the usual crawl(s) can follow the AGM.
The election of NEC officers took place. Apart from the Chair position for which there were two nominations, all existing officers apart from the Products Manager were re-elected, including the Honorary Auditor. Jim Woodcock, our long standing ex Treasurer, has taken over the Products position. The vote for the Chair resulted in the incumbent being re-elected.
The meeting closed at 2.30 PM.
This was held online because of London being a Tier 2 area. Several members enjoyed this, despite the unusual setting. Thanks to Angela Aspin for setting up and hosting the event.