Monday 22nd October 2018, 10am at The Wakes, Oakengates, TF2 6EP



  1. Welcome
  2. Minutes of the AGM, 19th Sept 2017
  3. Chairperson’s Report 2017/18
  4. Presentation of Accounts 2017/18
  5. Election of Trustees 2018/19
  6. Date of next AGM 2018


Draft Minutes of the Annual  General  Meeting, Monday 19th September 2017
10.30am, at The Place, Oakengates

  1. Welcome
    Chairperson Sue Palmer opened the meeting by welcoming members.
  2. Minutes of the last AGM, 29th September 2016
    These were approved by the members by a show of hands and signed as a correct record.
  3. Chairperson’s Report
    The Chairperson asked if there were any questions regarding the annual report, none was raised.
  4. Presentation of Accounts 2016/17
    The Treasurer reported that the Lottery grant income received included part of the Lottery Year 1 grant, as well as the whole of year 2, in this accounting period. (Lottery project years run from Oct to Sept.)  The Forum had successfully raised its financial contribution to the project, and spending had been within budget. There were no questions on the annual accounts. The members approved the accounts with a show of hands.
  5. Election of Trustees 2017/18
    The constitution states that trustees hold office for three consecutive years and that at every AGM three trustees stand down. Sue Palmer and Sylvia Hearne are resigning, Bob Groom will step down but wishes to be considered for re-election. Dave Wright, previously co-opted, wishes to stand as trustee. Members approved both appointments with a show of hands.
    Clive Godfrey, Forum Secretary, gave a tribute to retiring Chairperson, Sue Palmer and thanked her for her commitment over the last four years. Sue Palmer gave a short speech thanking the members and trustees for supporting her during her time as Chairperson.
  6. Date of next AGM
    This will take place on 22nd October 2018.


Chairperson’s Report AGM Sept 2018

This has been my first year as Forum Chairperson and a busy year it has been. At the 2017 AGM we said goodbye to outgoing Chairperson Sue Palmer and heard presenter Anne Bailey on ‘Getting Older, a New Experience’ – focusing on the impact of an ageing population on the individual and on the wider society. Taking this a step further at the January forum we asked you whether you think Telford is sufficiently ‘Age Friendly’. We found many positives and some negatives – this is a subject we are hoping to explore in more detail with Age UK.

October 2017 saw the first Celebrating Age Festival, working with partner organisations to showcase the huge range of activities going on in Telford that people can get involved in. We are running the second one this year, so look out for the programme. We hope to see you trying something new this autumn!

In November 2017 and July 2018 we held Future Fit debates giving you the opportunity to voice your concerns and views – hopefully we will see a solution reached and the plans implemented so we can achieve the desired improvement in hospital services as soon as possible.

Our Christmas lunches have in the past been oversubscribed so in December we ran two events and will be doing the same again in 2018. Look out for the ticket sales.

In February we said goodbye to Lynne Carney, who moved on to work with the Big Lottery. Chris Fox, who has been with the Forum for 10 years, took over the role as Co-ordinator and is now ably supported by Administrator Louise Burton.

Our April forum had over 90 people keen to hear about how to avoid the latest scams and in July we put on Pastimes in Telford, to celebrate Telford 50. Thank you for supporting our events, they bring people together to share views, meet new friends and have a good time.

This year we have undergone an external evaluation to ensure we are reaching the objectives of our Big Lottery Project, some of you may have been asked for your feedback by the evaluators. We constantly review ways that we might help older people locally, how we might provide opportunities for people to voice their views and how we keep them informed about services and support, activities and volunteering opportunities.

Thank you to our hard working volunteers – our Board of Trustees, the Environmental and Transport Action Group and the computer volunteers who offer a great service at drop in sessions, helping people to get to grips with technology.

We want to carry on doing these things as well as we can but for this we need your support. Join us if you’re not already a member, come to our events, pass on the newsletter and encourage others to join. Maybe volunteer some time or take part in surveys and consultations – help to keep our voice active. I look forward to seeing and meeting you at our AGM.

Celia Steventon, Forum Chairperson




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