At the AGM a rule change was proposed, introducing the concept of Life Membership, with a Subscription of £50. This was passed but not after a discussion on the amount of the suggested subscription. There is a letter on file that puts across a view that it should only be £30.
“Whilst it may turn out to be a bargain in the longer term for some Members, £50 seems a heavy outlay for the average Member – “Annual membership was £3.oo and at £30 more might take it up. I have been a member for 21 years and many members come and go – if the average is about 10 then £30 seems fair.
N.B. This particular Member was still a Member many years later:)
More discussions re the Restoration of the Organ at St Peter’s. Funds given for this purpose would be placed in a special account. Likely cost
£25,000 – £30,000. nothing would be done for at least 4/5 years, when a special appeal would be made.
57 Members and 58 Guests
Escallope of Veal Bergarrette, Petit Pois
Coffee and Mints
House White/Red Wine (3 Glasses per head)
The Speaker replying on behalf of the guests was John Hart – (Past Sheriff (1979/80)
In a letter from Michael Beale to Immediate Past Master, Bill Kelloe he refers to the evening being slightly marred by an incident… “I will write a letter to ……, which I hope will be the end of the matter. It transpires that one of the members was presented with their bill for wine etc for£15.50p. The Member had £16.00p and offered it to pay the bill. apparently end of story. At the end of the evening he was approached to pay the bill. “I have already paid it” he said and showed his empty wallet. A quite noisy altercation ensued and in the end the Member under protest wrote a cheque for the disputed amount. On arriving home he found the£16.00p in his suit pocket!
One or two letters on this and noisy tables in general.
“The gap between the end of the AGM and the start of dinner is too long – too much drinking”
Letter from the Hon Sec to the President also stated “that for the third year running there has been one particular table that had been very noisy and rude, which included Committee members and a Past Master”.