The 41 UK Branch members who attended the 2019 UK Branch Annual General Meeting heard the Chairman Mike Coleman report on a good year for the Branch with continued progress in attracting new members and good attendances at functions.
A full report on the meeting will follow shortly, the main points being Jim Harris, Treasurer reported a slight increase in overall income but warned with rising costs subs may have to be increased which the meeting subsequently agreed should be raised to £20, the Chairman of Trustees, Alan Toms reported trust made grants of £2575 during the year with also a slight increase in income over expenditure, the Almoner, Tony Granger reported on progress with recruiting assistant Almoners and assistance given to members during the year; The President of the Regimental Association and Chairman of the Constitutional College Alan Toms, reported on activities of the College including the creation of a new award for outstanding service to the Association titled the Meritorious Service Award.
Mick York was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the UK Branch
The election of committee members resulted in Mike Coleman, Alan Toms and Tony Granger being re-elected, Glenn Seymour-Hall and Betty Simpson being elected for the first time. Finally, Alan Toms reported on the establishment of a ‘Memorial Maintenance Fund’ to fund the maintenance for life of the BSAP Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum and invited donations a good number of which were immediately made by members. Further details concerning the fund and how to donate will be published shortly.