Members attending. A total of 24 members attended. Apologies for absence received from Simon House, Jacky & Andy Follett, Rich Bates, Jill Diggens & Lindsey Gillian
Minutes of last AGM. The minutes of 2014 AGM were accepted as a true record.
Matters Arising. There were no matters arising.
Election of Officers. All current officers, with the exception of Jill Diggens, had expressed a wish to continue and the following were elected for a further term:
Dave Harris – Chairman Tony Egerton – Secretary & Branch Contact Rich Gabe – Social Secretary Alastair Tillotson – Treasurer Andy Patterson – Membership Secretary *Michel Hooper – ImminsPress Officer Andy Redding – Pubs Officer Kylie Stroud – Committee *Elaine Milton – Committee Russell Ware – Committee
*There were two committee members volunteering for the post of PR Officer – the incumbent, Michel Hooper-Immins and Elaine Milton. A vote was taken and Elaine was voted in.
In addition the following non-committee officers were elected:
Adrian Patterson – GBG Co-ordinator & NBSS Officer Alex Bardswell – Cider Representative
Chairmans Report The following points were covered:
The branch continued this year to enjoy a high level of member involvement at festivals, Dongle production and distribution etc
Membership is healthy, nearly doubling in 5 years
The brewery scene in Dorset has seen more breweries starting up
Our two main festivals continue to grow. There have been difficulties with lending out our stillage to other festivals due to insurance concerns from HQ. This has been addressed.
Socially, Rich has organised many outings and our survey trips continue
GBG selection is now less subjective due to more emphasis one beer scoring
AVC listing of local pubs continues and a meeting with WD Planning Officer has been arranged A full copy of Dave’s report is available on request to the Secretary or at the 2016 AGM
Treasurers Report. Alastair presented his annual financial statement. In précis, beerex costs had risen slightly and Octoberfest costs decreased slightly. In the last year we had managed to contribute £4000 to HQ. The report was accepted unanimously.
Membership Report Andy reported that membership stands at 615. This is an increase of over 250 in five years. Both Octoberfest and Beerex prove to be very productive.
Beer Scores & GBG Co-ordinators Report.
Social Activities Rich gave a run down of activities throughout the year such as visits to Poole beer Festival, Maltings, Purbech pubs and his ‘Mystery Tour’! He described the introduction of CITA (CAMRA in the Area) meetings to Bridport and Lyme Regis and the beer scoring trip to Sherborne.
Due to work and family commitments, Rich is standing down as Bar Manager at the 2016 Beerex (but may be back in 2017!!!)
A full copy of Rich’s report is available on request to the Secretary or at the 2016 AGM
Cider Update Alex reported that cider in he county was flourishing with two new producers this year.
AOB There being no further items, the meeting closed at 9.15pm