Annual General Meeting 2020

by John Slater

There was a really good attendance for our 31st AGM and it proved to be a very pleasant evening.

The minutes of the previous year always underline the commitment and enthusiasm of so many people. The range of willing, informed and entertaining speakers is very heartening as are the large audiences packing our home venue, the Centenary Centre. This in itself, is  a vibrant example of what makes Peel such a very special place.

The Trust is financially secure and we have been able to help a number of local organisations including our primary school with literary awards and other works. It is so important to introduce our children to the fascinating history and heritage of the Island and Peel in particular

The chairman is elected for one year with the option of election for a second year only. Not only had my term of office ended, so had my three years since my re-election on the committee. To my great pleasure, I was re-elected for another three-year term so I head off into year 26 with as much enthusiasm as ever. Ken Diack was elected from co-opted to full member.

Ken fills a place vacated by Nikki Sperring who is having a break as treasurer but continues, thank goodness, as a co-opted member. To our delight, Ray Harmer, our very own MHK and government minister volunteered to take over as treasurer. A difficult post to fill.

Tony Quirk is our new chairman and John Tarrant is nicely installed as membership secretary and I continue as press secretary. Jo’ Dalgleish continues as editor of the newsletter, Vicki Gillings as events co-Ordinator, Janice Quilliam as social media and all the other stars continue to shine! These appointments were made or confirmed at our first committee meeting. All the details will be in your programme card. Remember, if you’re not a member, you can join at any meeting.

Peel’s Secret Gardens is our landmark event, held once every two years. This year should be one of them but we’re struggling a bit with additional insurance for this event. There’s some uncertainty as to whether household insurance plus our normal insurance covers the event. However, assuming we resolve this, do contact Vicki Gillings, 844891 if you would like to consider taking part in this lovely, non-competitive event. You can let her know if you could spare a bit of time to help. I reviewed the year in my annual report and marvelled at what we crammed in!

The short talks were a presentation by Sam Knight, founder member and I gave on the Trust’s first 30 years with Jill Quirk giving us a lovely talk on the adventures of a Blue Badge Guide and Bill Quine with a fascinating attempt by the French to invade the Island.

Our next meeting is at 7.30pm, on Wednesday, 18th March when James Franklin, Culture Vannin, will give a presentation on Sophia Morrison. All are welcome to this feast of Manx Culture.