URGENT LETTER (about the future of SHA)
TO ALL MEMBERS
21st October 2020
Shepperton Horticultural Association AGM
At last year’s AGM nobody new came forward to join the committee, resulting in the positions of Chairman, Secretary and Membership Secretary remaining vacant. Jon Button (Acting Chairman & Show Secretary), Caroline Button (Treasurer & Acting Membership Secretary), Pat Burrell (Committee member) Laurie Burrell (Committee member) are not seeking re-election and have indicated that they do not wish to remain on the committee. Dianne White (Sponsorship Secretary) and John White (Committee Member) have both indicated that they do wish to seek re-election to the committee for 2020/2021.
Therefore, the positions of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Show Secretary now fall vacant and volunteers are being sought to fill these roles for 2020/21. The committee asks for volunteers to inform me that they are willing to seek election to the committee by Friday the 6th of November for any of these roles. If not enough volunteers come forward, the association may have to be dissolved.
Under the terms of the Shepperton Horticultural Association Constitution we are required to hold an Annual General Meeting of members between 1st October and 30th November to elect members for the committee and present the end of year financial report. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions we are not allowed to hold the meeting in public due to the number of members involved.
The current SHA committee members held a meeting on Zoom last night to discuss the way forward to resolve this matter and it was decided that we should hold a Zoom AGM meeting towards the end of November. However, in the event that not enough members come forward to undertake these roles on the committee, an alternative ‘Special Meeting’ will have to be put in place under the Constitution to dissolve the association.
I ask you all to consider this matter very carefully. This is your association, but it requires involvement from members in order to function. Please contact me if you wish to discuss this further.
Acting Chairman SHA
***UPDATE: unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to cancel all our shows and activities for 2020. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021.
A Welcome from our Chairman
I would first of all like to welcome you to the schedule for 2020. Please do note that we have moved the date of the Summer Show to the last Saturday in August to try to attract a few more entries. As it is still within the school holidays, we have added some junior classes to the show.
My thanks go to Pat Burrell for running the two shows last year. She has decided to step down from this role, and I am taking over. The shows attracted some fabulous entries, it is amazing that our members can produce such quality exhibits despite the vagaries of the British summer.
The association still requires more people to be on the committee to help run the shows, so if you are interested do please get in touch.
We are always looking for new members, so if you know anyone who is interested in horticulture, whether it is growing vegetables, flowers, baking or making preserves, encourage them to join up and put an entry into one of our shows.
The committee has decided to discontinue the late autumn show at the AGM. We were receiving fewer and fewer entries, so felt that the effort required to set up the show tables etc is no longer worth it. However the AGM will still continue as usual on the first Friday of November.
Best wishes for the coming year.