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AGM Meeting Minutes

todayFebruary 10, 2020



A very well attended Annual General Meeting of the Skelton Show was held in the Toppin Memorial, Skelton on Tuesday 4th February.  Andrew Bargh, Chairman opened by welcoming David Porter of Calthwaite to the meeting as 2020 President followed by a minute’s silence in tribute to David Thomlinson (Vice President) and Anthony Pattinson (President & Committee member) who had sadly died during the previous year. 

The Secretary informed the members that this was her 19th annual report!  During the year there had been four committee meetings with an average attendance of 24 members, in addition to other sub meetings.

Preparations for the 2019 show had gone well and due to a lot of hard work by everyone, it turned out to be another bumper show with most sections up on entries – the poultry section being the one of the biggest in Cumbria.   All the relevant sections ran very well under their respective organisers so a HUGE thank you to everyone.

The Secretary had been personally saddened by the news of the passing of Anthony Pattinson just after show day; Anthony had been a tireless worker for numerous years.  He often stewarded the Hunters and latterly ensured the President Tent’s water was heated up very early – a very important job!  Antonia accounted how one year there was a loud bang, and he emerged from behind the tent with no eyebrows and singed hair!

It was reported that Kirsty Sewell was stepping down from being the Trophy Secretary; it was recorded that she had done a brilliant job for quite a number of years – no mean feat in the run up to the Grand Parade with last minute results and cups arriving back but she always delivered on time.

The Secretary also thanked Andrew as outgoing Chairman and for his calm stewardship over the last four years; it has been a pleasure working with both him and Beverley.

Charlotte Pollock, gave her first report as Treasurer on the 125th Skelton Show finances; she reported due to the lovely weather and everyone’s hard work, a healthy profit was recorded (boosting the show’s reserve funds) which was fantastic reflection of the committee’s commitment to the show. 

Although the outgoing President was unable to attend the AGM, Adam Fawcett spoke on behalf of Alan Walton, who’d commented that it had been a great honour to be President.  He had been associated with the show for more years than he cared to remember and it had always been a flagship day.   He too thanked everyone for all their hard work and was pleased that all had gone well once again.

Andrew Bargh reflected on his four years at the helm and said that it had been a pleasure to be Chairman; the sunshine certainly helped on show days during his time and he wished the show every success in the future whilst commending the work of a truly tremendous committee.

Show Director, John Slee echoed the committee’s effort and hard work and hoped it will very much continue that way.  He reiterated that it was a great set of accounts and thanked the Treasurer for her first year.  John also welcomed newly appointed Amy Wright as Sponsorship Secretary.  Lastly, he too thanked Andrew Bargh for all his support, hard work and calm influence over the last four years.

The re-appointment of officers was undertaken and new appointments agreed, notably Colin Atkinson as Chairman and Nina Oxley as Vice Chair.  All other posts remained in situ.  The vacant position of Trophy Secretary would now be advertised and it was noted that Kirsty would support the new incumbent once appointed.

Following the success of last year’s Skelton Show Shindig at the Roundthorn Hotel, Penrith it was agreed to host the annual event there once again this autumn.

Life Member, Fred Wilson, Penrith Herald photographer updated the committee on the recent news that the paper had gone into administration which was a severe blow for the local community; however, it was very much hoped that a buyer could be sourced quickly.  Chairman Colin Atkinson thanked him for the briefing.

The meeting concluded with a reminder that the next committee meeting would be held on Thursday 12th March 2020 and everyone was welcome to attend.

Ends | 10th February 2020

Written by: Steve

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