The Worcester/Malvern NT Support Group ran for 49 years and in that time over £250,000 was raised and donated to various NT sites in the West Midlands. Details of this closure are given in the earlier News Items.
WORCESTER MALVERN NATIONAL TRUST CENTRE
A Special General Meeting was held at 10.00 on Wednesday 9th September to consider the motion, “To dissolve the Worcester Malvern National Trust Centre”.
Members were circulated with notice for this Meeting in August 2020, together with paperwork to provide their proxy vote (Covid-19 banning large meetings).
The motion was carried by a total number of 277 votes for the Motion and two papers returned as “NO” but with no alternative plan attached.
The second Motion was for the Donations List formulated by the Donations Leader to be accepted. Votes for 250 and the Motion was therefore carried.
A few members had added suggestions for various other National Trust properties to be included. Whilst it was not pointed out in the Donations List, some properties had received considerable monies in recent years. For example, Croome had large sums paid over for works on Gates, Fireplaces and stone-walling material. With limited funds available for disposal it was felt that we should help those National Trust properties that may not benefit from the support of a local centre (Ledbury/Hereford Centre closed a couple of years ago. Croome still has The Friends of Croome). However, we are pleased to report that there are still funds from the Morgan Legacy available and the Donations Team is actively looking into how this could be best used. We will post any decisions taken on this on our Website, which will remain accessible until January 2021.
Of immediate concern to many members will be the normal standing order membership renewal fees for 2020/21.
MEMBERS ARE URGED TO CANCEL THEIR WMNT CENTRE STANDING ORDER AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY. WE WILL NOT HAVE THE MECHANISM IN PLACE TO RETURN ANY FEES PAID. WHERE FEES ARE RECEIVED, WE WILL TREAT THEM AS DONATIONS AND ADD THEM TO OUR FINAL BANK ACCOUNT TOTAL TO BE DISPOSED OF TO A LOCAL NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTY PROJECT AS WE WIND UP OUR BANK ACCOUNT.
We have some equipment that has been used to support Talks and poster stands for external shows. We intend to offer such equipment to other Centres and the two village halls that have supported us so well over the years.
There has been a number of requests for information about future Holidays. Of course, Clive has been in touch with many of you, but you can also see the latest information that Clive has produced on our website.
On completion of the many administrative tasks that will be necessary to formally close our Centre, we will make arrangements for all suitable records to be passed over to Worcester Records Office.
In summary, a sad day for all. Many people have contributed to the past and current operation of the Centre, none more so than your current Committee. As Chair, and on behalf of all of you, grateful thanks were expressed for their unstinting generosity of spirit, hard work and diligence.
This will be our last letter. Where possible we will add information to our Website until our subscription for this expires.
With Best Wishes
David Ebsworth, Chair
I wrote to you earlier this month about the dire future faced by your Centre without further committee volunteers to come forward and help with the running of our Agenda. We cannot operate without such a group of Leaders and would therefore be compelled to close.
To recap, we require a Chair, Vice-Chair, Trips Leader, Events Leader, Talks Organiser and a Web-Site manager. We would also need to extra members to assist with Trips and Events.
I am grateful to two members who have kindly considered and volunteered to Lead Trips and Events. But as you can see from the list, we are still woefully short of the required team.
With the existing Committee members who are still prepared to stand for election, we now have two more. However, at the very least, and by no means belittling the other positions required, we could continue if we could also find a Chair and a Talks Organiser as that would fulfill the NT Constitution requirements.
So, how about it? I have set out below the main tasks of both roles. Surely, someone reading this could step forward. Or know someone who will - for example I came in three years ago "from outside." the Centre.
Briefly, the Talks Organiser identifies Speakers (Lists available) and books, up to 18 months in advance. Talks venues are booked to match Speaker dates. Organiser usually checks that all is well prior to scheduled date and ensures Speaker has address details and confirms time and date.There are a couple of other linked duties but this is a quick resumee of the role.
The Chair is the Leader of the Committee. 5 meetings and one AGM are held throughout the year. The Chair usually attends Talks and introduces theSpeaker as well as any relevant notices, such as up-coming events, trips, holidays etc. The Chair oversees the Newsletter (2 a year) and monthly Mailchimp Newsletter. Chair generally acts as central contact and sounding board for all Committee Members. As above, there are a number of other minor duties. However, everyone "mucks in" at meetings and so on to share the workload. It is NOT hard work, and much is done from home.
WE HAVE SCHEDULED OUR NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING FOR THE 29TH JULY 2020. THIS IS A CRUNCH MEETING. EITHER WE HAVE A FULL TEAM OR WE DO NOT.
BECAUSE OF A NUMBER OF ORGANISATIONAL FACTORS WE MUST DECIDE YES OR NO ON THAT DAY
EVERYONE HAS UNTIL 28TH JULY 2020 TO RESPOND AND HOPEFULLY SAVE OUR CENTRE.
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