A Day in the Darent Valley

A Family History Day
incorporating the Annual General Meeting
took place on
Saturday 22nd April 2006
Eynsford Village Hall
High Street

This was our Society's 28th anniversary.

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This was the programme for the day:

10.00amWelcome and notices
10.15amIntroductory talk about Eynsford village by Susan Pittman
Illustrated talk by Monty Parkin, 'Local Families & Life in the 19th century'.
11.30amRaffle draw, comfort break, refreshments and browse.
12.00Annual General Meeting
Some of the highlights:
  • The Accounts were presented by Treasurer Bob Woodward.
  • In an update to the Annual Report circulated at the AGM it was announced that a thorough review of the Society Constitution would be be undertaken during the year (in addition to the amendments detailed below). This review would be made by a sub-committee, and would look at both the FFHS and the Charity Commissioners' model constitutions.
  • It was also announced that Computer Branch meetings are being discontinued for the time being, in view of a lack of nominations to the Branch Committee. The future of the Branch is being considered.
  • In the voting for the Society Committee there were no changes to the Society Officers for 2006-07, the Publicity Officer post remaining vacant.
  • Awards were made under the terms of the Josephine Birchenough Bursary Award to Pat Manning and Ruth Cheeseman for articles that had appeared in the journal in 2005 (neither was present to collect these).
  • Item 16 on the Agenda was a resolution to amend the Society Constitution. In brief, these were (i) to change all references in the Constitution from 'Chairman' to 'Chair', 'Vice Chairman' to 'Vice Chair' (ii) Terms of office of Patron, President and Vice Presidents: powers to extend by the Committee beyond a second four-year term (iii) Committee to have power to provide indemnity insurance for committee members out of Society funds. These amendments were voted in by the meeting.
The AGM closed at about 12:45pm.
2.15pmChoice from the following:
  • Browse around the stalls (CAB Search books - Jill Merryweather; Wealden Books - Alfred King; Datapics - Andy Punshin Postcards - Jeremy Gaskell; NWKFHS CDs and Thames & Medway Riverside Parish Register Index CDs for sale Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society)
  • Visit Jean Stirk's occupations workshop
  • Digital camera demonstration
  • Browse through the library collection of family history disks
  • Search the Society's fiche collection
  • Visit Lullingstone Castle and Gardens or Lullingstone Roman Villa (by own transport)
  • Walk to Eynsford Castle ruins nearby
4.30pmTea and homemade cake