We are looking forward to 2019 hoping to bring forward a number of key developments. The AGM is coming round fast and since last year the Executive has been working to initially gain Charity status, but when this was denied, to work to investigate other legal entities which will secure our future and provide a solid foundation for our activities.
Along with Neil Andrews, our Honorary Solicitor, several options were looked at however the most appropriate was considered to be the limited company status. This does add administration however we had anticipated the additional work when we applied for Charity status. We therefore have drawn up a revised constitution, based upon the one agreed at the last AGM and hope to gain approval to move the Society into a company called The Society for Poole Limited. We don’t envisage anything to change other than the status, but this will give us all the security of a modern organisation.
We also are keen to move forward with a few new projects, some of which have not got off the ground in 2018. These include the blue plaque at the hospital, the notice board at the powder house which has been taken over by the Council, and working with Poole College for the “Then and Now” project.
Last year was, however a great year for our magazine. The new View from Poole was launched and I hope you will agree, that with assistance of Jenny Oliver for the articles, the look and feel of the magazine makes it a compelling read. With our advertisers attracted to the quality of the magazine we are now able to “balance our books” and dedicate more funds to the things we want to do. Thank you to everyone who has helped with this.
We also have had a wonderful lunch in November, again at the Thistle, attended the Harry Paye day and Poole Harbour days on the Quay and supported Dorset Heritage week at the Guildhall. We have donated £150 to the Forest Holme Hospice and had fun along the way. Our talks go from strength to strength with the British Legion Hall being a great venue – although we will have to add notes at the door when the talks are on!
We are in a strong position for 2019, I hope to receive more correspondence from our members and of course assistance on the Executive is always appreciated but thank you to all of our members and I hope to meet many of you throughout the year.