AGM meeting MARCH 8th 2017.


The next society meeting is the AGM on March 8th, 2017, (NOT March 15th, as provisionally mentioned at he last meeting), at the Sports Pavilion, Low Catton Road, Stamford Bridge.

It will be an important meeting to discuss and arrange the future of the society and how it can move forward for the next 5 years. Subs will also be due at the meeting, but, we need to decide whether we continue with the fee of £10 that was raised for the 2016 season, or whether we reduce back to £5 as originally planned. Please tell any members not present at the society meeting in February that they need to attend if possible, as members need to be present if they want a say in the future of the society and the decision making process.

Below is a transcript of the Chairmans Comment from the January Monthly Bulletin for those who may have not seen it yet.

As we begin 2017 I have been giving some thoughts to the year ahead, even though we normally have the BOSBHS year commence in March with the AGM. After the tremendous 2016 anniversary year last year and the positive feedback we received I foresee 2017 as a year of consolidation and of laying new plans for the coming years.

Now more than ever, the members of BOSBHS have to play their part, as I have decided to step down from the Chairman’s position and offer the future of the society into the hands the members. I will still be a member of the society and be active but will play no part in organising and arranging events or decisions of the committee, that is now for the society to do. My decision was actually made before 2016, but I felt it inappropriate to give it up considering the untimely passing of Tom and the plans for the anniversary year we had ahead. My reasons are personal, as there are projects and professional decisions I have deferred for the sake of the society, but, now require my attention and need to be implemented.

I will fulfil the obligations to the already ongoing projects I have initiated or been involved in, ie, tapestry, window, archaeology, etc

For the Society to continue the following is necessary:

A new committee to made up of new members offering experience and fresh ideas to take the society into the next 5 years. The new committee places should be as follows:

- Chairman
- Vice Chair
- Secretary
- Treasurer
- Membership & Fundraising
- Events & Publicity

I still believe BOSBHS should consider a bi-annual show event at Stamford Bridge. Maybe every other year a new show at Fulford could be organised, thereby still giving the Viking Societies and the public an event to attend, but allowing more time to be organised. This is only possible with closer ties to Chas Jones and Fulford, but by getting together with BOSBHS to help with the organising, it would allow the focus to be on Fulford and thus share the publicity. I see the two battles near to York as a singular event unique in 1066 and needs exploiting, it will also allow access to Fulford Historical Society and Parish Council to be more involved. Further talks with them are obviously needed, but the decision on the 2017 show needs to be made soon as time soon flies....

BOSBHS needs an integral, forward looking, 5 year plan, including archaeological, establishment of a new meeting place for the society, new projects for the village, signage, information boards, education and school visits, a living history sub-group, new heritage conservation and metal detecting liaison project and the most essential - funding. Heritage Lottery Funding application being the main aim for 2017, another reason I feel for this year to be one of consolidation and building on what has been learned. Stamford Bridge and its society members should take stewardship of the BOSBHS, it has made great strides in the last six years and will continue to do so under the direction of a new, strong and imaginative committee. 

I am giving the society this advanced information in the hope that by the March AGM anyone within (or without) the society with the inclination or desire to be a committee member can think it over. I won’t be putting myself up for consideration in the committee elections. The committee has over the last couple of years seen a reduction in its members and thus needs new blood and new people to make it a proper working group. I know in the past the committee has been quite loose and decisions were left to one or two on many occasions, but for the society to continue and abide by its own constitution it really does need full membership to take the decision making a step further, otherwise it becomes stale and a dictatorship, - which is not what our original community vision was for the society.
Chris Rock, January 11th

The following PROVISIONAL monthly meeting dates for 2017/18 are as follows. These will not be finalised until March, when a new promotional leaflet with the dates is printed.

March 8th (AGM)
April 12th
May 10th
June 14th
July 12th
August 9th
September 13th
October 11th
November 8th
December 13th.

January 10th
February 14th
March 14th.