At the AGM last week I was voted in as the new BHORA Chairman. It is with great pleasure and honour that I take on this role. I thank all the members who voted for me, and in return I promise to do my absolute best for you as Chairman. My heart and soul is in this community, and therefore now I have a duty to stand by you and take a lead on action.
My aim is to bring BHORA into the 21st century, and inject life into it. In order for you to feel the true value of BHORA, the Executive Committee and myself will make the accounts, Executive Reports, and our achievements visible to you.
I'd like to welcome Derek Honnor to the Committee as our new Treasurer. I very much look forward to working with him as he has already contributed and supported BHORA extensively over these last few months, which has been invaluable. I also welcome back Andrea Forsyth, and have since the AGM co-opted Paul Forsyth who both supported BHORA last year by setting up our new website and facebook page. I thank them for their efforts.
One thing we must not forget is the massive contribution BHORA received over the years from our former Chairman Gillian Yeung. Gillian was at the helm of BHORA during some of the most difficult years and always managed to keep things going. On behalf of all the BHORA members I thank her very much for her support. At the AGM, both Gillian and Ernie Chinnick announced they would both be stepping down completely from the Executive Committee. This is a sad moment for BHORA. Their contributions, support, knowledge and experience are priceless, and we are all very sorry to see them both go. BHORA needs a blend of mature and young members in our association, and I will be working on this.
Last but by all means not least I must mention our star Laura Davenport, who after two years as Secretary has stepped down for a well earned rest. I thank her very much for all the hard work, support and above all the fun that she brought into BHORA!! We will miss her very much. But I am delighted to say that she hasn't gone forever, and will be popping to our committee meetings from time to time as her knowledge, experience and sense of humour is invaluable us.
So on that note, I look forward to an exciting future with BHORA and hope to meet each and every one of you very soon.
New Chairperson Elected - Caroline Chénier
Thank you to the speakers and all BHORA members that attended the AGM on Tuesday 11th June. Attendance was around 50.
It was an interesting evening of two parts the first contained updates presented by Pinkham Way Alliance, The Palmers Greenery, and Palmers Green Festival. Also in attendance was our GLA Representative Joanne McCarthy who responded to questions on local issues regarding in particular the North Circular Area Action Plan (NCCAP), and planning rules in general which currently seem to favour the developer.
Elections for the Chair, Treasurer and Committee members were held in the second part of the meeting. Two nominations were put forward for the Chair, and members voted a majority in favour of electing Caroline Chénier as the new Chairperson. Derek Honnor was elected as Treasurer, and Andrea Forsyth was accepted as a Committee Member. Congratulations to the new committee. We also thank Gillian Yeung for the services she provided over the years as Chair, and Ernie Chinnick for his services on the Committee.
There are places available on the committee, which can have up to 20 members in a given year. If we can boost the numbers on the committee this will give a better representation of views. We would really like to hear from you, your ideas and input will help to shape BHORA for the future. Please let us know if you can spare any time (even if it is the odd hour here and there) to help out.
Our new Chair will soon release a statement. Read the minutes from the meeting.
We'd like to thank our members for attending this meeting and sharing their views. There was a respectable turnout of approximately 40-50 members (some newly joined), plus attendance by local councillors and David Burrows.
New rules for booking Broomfield school hall meant the meeting had to close at 8:45pm.
In the limited time there were two key discussions:
A draft minutes is now available on the website for your review. We will keep you updated on our plans and activities. Please do let us know if you have any comments or questions on the issues raised during the meeting.
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