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AGM 2024

Notice is hereby given that the 2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Faversham Society will be held in the Assembly Rooms, Faversham on Wednesday 12th June 2024 at 7pm.

After the formal agenda of the AGM has been concluded, we are delighted that we will be joined by guest speaker, Heather Knight, who will talk on The Past Present and Future of Theatre Archaeology in London. Heather has been an archaeologist with MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) since 1995. Over the last 17 years she has specialised in the archaeology of London’s 16th and 17th century playhouses, having led the excavation on the sites of the Theatre and the Curtain playhouse in Shoreditch, two of London’s earliest playhouses where Shakespeare performed in the 1590s, and the excavation of the Boar’s Head playhouse in Whitechapel.

AGENDA

1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of the 2023 AGM and matters arising

3. Chair’s Review and receipt of the Annual Report

4. Receipt of the Annual Accounts

5. Appointment of Independent Examiner

6. Election of Trustees

7. Election of Officers: Chair and Vice Chair

8. President’s Review

9. Any other business

10. Date of next meeting

In accordance with the Society’s Articles of Association, AGM papers are available online and at the Visitor Information Centre (VIC), 12 Market Place, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AE.

All members have the right to attend, speak and vote at the AGM. If you are unable to attend the AGM but wish for somebody else to vote on your behalf, a proxy form will be made available. Proxy forms are available on this web page below, and from the VIC, from 23rd May 2024. They must be returned to the Society no later thank 5pm on Tuesday 11th June 2024, either by email to chair@favershamsociety.org  or to the Visitor Information Centre, as above.

Election of Trustees

Nominations for Trustee of the Faversham Society closed on 10th May 2024.

There are three retiring trustees at the AGM 2023, creating three vacancies.

Election of trustees to fill these vacancies will take place at our AGM on Wednesday 12th June 2024 – 7pm at the Assembly Rooms, Faversham. If members are not able to attend the AGM in person, they may appoint a proxy. The form for doing so is available below and in hard copy at the Faversham Society VIC, 12 Market Place, Faversham ME13 7AE.

Four nominations have been received. Nominee details are as follows: 

Nominees for Trustee of the Faversham Society

Ann Furedi

Personal Statement: A former undergraduate of University of Kent Canterbury (1979-82), I have lived in Newton Road, Faversham for more than 20 years.

For 17 of these years, I led the British Pregnancy Advisory Service as its CEO. BPAS is a reproductive health charity which provides services under contract to the NHS, has a staff of more than 700 and a budget of approx. £45m. Through this post I gained experience of dealing with Government Ministers and Committees and the Charity Commission, and also with Trustees and National Committees. I both initiated and defended legal challenges in the High Court. I am particularly practised at dealing with crisis management and the media since prior to BPAS, I was Director of Communications, Policy, and Governance at the HFEA, and before that a journalist.

As a volunteer I have, until recently, focussed mainly on education. Following several years as Vice Chair of the Governing Body of Mid Kent College, during which I chaired the Audit Committee, I was elected Chair with a brief to improve leadership and governance, standing down when the College attained the rank of 'Good'. I joined the Abbey School as a 'Member' with oversight of the Governing Body, (with the aim of supporting the headmaster create a more disciplined learning environment) until its recent absorption into an Academy Trust, I continue to act as a judge for the charity 'Debating Matters', and the Debating Society at QEGs.

Since my retirement from paid work in 2020, I have volunteered in the Fleur Bookshop and, since its move to Preston St, I have supported Wendy Clarke in its management by coordinating the team of volunteers.

I value the tradition and history of Faversham and believe that, while modernisation is necessary, we must never lose what is unique about our heritage.

Ian Newman

Personal statement: My motivations for standing are to:

1.     Oppose the Duchy development, and

2.     Ensure the views of members are acknowledged and acted upon by the Board.

The Board should remember that is appointed by, and to represent, the members. The Society should be run for the members’ benefit and with openness and transparency.

The Society’s view on the Duchy is confused and fails to reflect:

1.     The view of most members

2.     The Society’s motto: Cherish the Past, Adorn the Present, Create the Future.

3.     Its Objects, to:

“Secure the protection, preservation and development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Faversham and the surrounding area.”

“Preserve for the people of Faversham, of the surrounding area, and of the Nation, the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around Faversham in buildings…of particular beauty or of historical, architectural or constructional interest.”

A mass development on best and most versatile agricultural on the edge of town is no adornment.

I have lived in Faversham for many years. I am a Chartered Accountant and have an awareness of the Society’s corporate and charitable obligations.

I have volunteered in the gallery, museum and bookshop.

Janice West

Personal statement: I have been a Society member for nearly 33 years and a very active volunteer since 2008 serving on the board of trustees from 2012 to July 2020 and 2022 to date plus I volunteer in the visitor information centre Saturday mornings.

I am currently the co-chair of the Board’s resources committee which deals and oversees the financial aspects of the Society. Additionally, I handle all the Society’s invoices and assist the Treasurer with the management accounts.

After 41 years in local government, I gained a great deal of experience in particular managing and maintaining public buildings, organising large outdoor events whilst at the same time dealing with and learning about the many issues that face our community today. I feel that the Society plays a very important role in the Faversham and I should like to see this success continue and indeed to grow.

For this to happen the Society needs vision and a dynamic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable Board. I believe I have the commitment and experience to make a substantial contribution to the future success of the Society by continuing as a Board member.

Heather Wootton

Personal Statement: I worked for MOD and the Home Office for over 30 years. Roles included: IT design and development, Management of Programmes, Projects, Requirements and Contracts. An experienced Senior Manager, I am familiar with IT systems; organising information; financial planning and budgeting. I think strategically, seeing “the big picture”.

On retirement, in 2013, I started volunteering in the Museum Office keeping records up to date and answering Enquiries. Over time my role has evolved, and I now also help at the Museum “Front of House”. My main interest is in the various Archives the Museum holds. I have been Chair of the Museum Committee since 2015.

I am an active member of the Faversham Society Archaeological Research Group and enjoy finding more evidence of the history of Faversham.

I joined the Board in 2015 and keep the Board updated with the latest news and challenges from the Museum via the Heritage Group.

I am committed to the Society and to Faversham. I want us to keep upholding what I see as the “Essence” of Faversham, to preserve the past and to influence the future. 

We must be optimistic for the future, realistic in our expectations and seek to improve our image in the community. I am looking forward to the planned building changes to the Museum.

Election of Officers

At each Society AGM, an election is held for the posts of Chair and Vice-Chair of the Society. One nomination for each post has been received. Nominee details are as follows:

Nominated for Chair of the Faversham Society: Ann Furedi

Personal statement: A former undergraduate of University of Kent Canterbury (1979-82), I have lived in Newton Road, Faversham for more than 20 years.

For 17 of these years, I led the British Pregnancy Advisory Service as its CEO. BPAS is a reproductive health charity which provides services under contract to the NHS, has a staff of more than 700 and a budget of approx. £45m. Through this post I gained experience of dealing with Government Ministers and Committees and the Charity Commission, and also with Trustees and National Committees. I both initiated and defended legal challenges in the High Court. I am particularly practised at dealing with crisis management and the media since prior to BPAS, I was Director of Communications, Policy, and Governance at the HFEA, and before that a journalist.

As a volunteer I have, until recently, focussed mainly on education. Following several years as Vice Chair of the Governing Body of Mid Kent College, during which I chaired the Audit Committee, I was elected Chair with a brief to improve leadership and governance, standing down when the College attained the rank of 'Good'. I joined the Abbey School as a 'Member' with oversight of the Governing Body, (with the aim of supporting the headmaster create a more disciplined learning environment) until its recent absorption into an Academy Trust, I continue to act as a judge for the charity 'Debating Matters', and the Debating Society at QEGs.

Since my retirement from paid work in 2020, I have volunteered in the Fleur Bookshop and, since its move to Preston St, I have supported Wendy Clarke in its management by coordinating the team of volunteers.

I value the tradition and history of Faversham and believe that, while modernisation is necessary, we must never lose what is unique about our heritage.

Nominated for Vice-Chair of the Faversham Society: Harold Goodwin

Personal statement: I joined the Board in 2014 and two years later was elected Chair in 2016. Our town and the Faversham Society have been going through a period of profound change and we continue to face the challenges of development. There are issues about the number and types of homes that are being built, as well as infrastructure and community facilities. We have pushed for the return of Town Quay and the Town Warehouse (aka Hazard) to Faversham and for the restoration and opening of the Engine Sheds to the east. I am pleased to say that progress is being made on both. Through the Local Plan review and then the Neighbourhood Plan, I have had a crash course in planning. The Conservation Area Appraisal that the Society has pushed for is nearing completion - critical to ensuring that future development respects the built and natural environment that we enjoy in Faversham and that our generation adds to our heritage. We have a new VIC location in the heart of the town and a fine new bookshop, now we need to focus on our heritage centre and museum. The Environment and Planning Committee has made substantial representations on development proposals at Ham Rd, Brogdale, Westons, and the superstore on North Lane. We were successful in securing changes on Lady Dane mad secured support for the Swale Planning Committee in rejecting planning applications for the War Memorial, Abbey Fields and battery safety at Cleve Hill. The Society has been actively involved throughout the process of developing the new Neighbourhood Plan, which will shortly come to referendum. Open Faversham was established last year, and it is looking good for 2024'. It has drawn a broader range of Faversham residents into the appreciation and celebration of our natural, built and living cultural heritage. New in 2024 is the series of conversations about the future of our town, four arranged so far. Four more in the autumn, with at least one on the Duchy development 

I have been Chair since 2016, and it is time for a new Chair. So, I am standing down as Chair and seeking election as Vice Chair to support the new Chair in her role.

Officer and Trustee nomination forms for Faversham Society 2023 AGM

2024 AGM Officer Nomination Forms

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2024 AGM Trustee Nomination Forms

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Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Trustees held on Tuesday 30th January 2024

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2024 AGM Proxy Form

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2023 AGM Minutes

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Faversham Society Annual Report 2023

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Opening Times

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
12 Market Place
ME13 7AE
10am to 4pm - Monday to Saturday
10am to 1pm - Sunday (opening hours may vary)

FLEUR MUSEUM - FREE ENTRY
12-13 Preston Street
ME13 8NS
Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm
Also open on the first Sunday of each month

SECOND-HAND BOOKSHOP
11 Preston Street
ME13 8NS

10am to 3.30pm - Monday to Saturday

CHART MILLS
Off Stonebridge Way
ME13 7SE

Open on Saturdays only 2pm to 5pm

Registered Charity  Number 1135262 - Company No 07112241
The Faversham Society - Registered Address: 10-13 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS
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