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BLS AGM 2016 - Newcastle University

15th January 2016, 18:00 to 16th January 2016, 17:30


Event Description:

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2016

 

Venue

The AGM and Winter Meeting for 2016 will be held at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, on Saturday 16th January 2016.

 

The university campus is in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, close to the main shopping area and easily accessible by car, bus, rail and air. Parking on campus is very limited but there is street parking nearby and Claremont car park (£1.30 an hour until 6 pm) is only a short walk from the venues. Rail travellers should come in to Newcastle Central Station and then walk (20 mins) or take the metro to Haymarket. Air passengers can travel in from Newcastle Airport on the metro to Haymarket (30 mins). Maps and further details are available on the BLS website, or contact the local organiser for further information.

 

Accommodation

There is a wide range of accommodation available within walking distance of the university, including hotels, B&B and a youth hostel. There is a pedestrian route from Jesmond to the university that avoids the central motorway.

 

Exhibition

Exhibits can be put up in the Clore Suite from 17.00 on Friday, or in the Agriculture Building from 9.30 on Saturday. Please advise Janet Simkin by e-mail (janetsimkin@btinternet.com) of your requirements for tables or display stands before Monday 4 January as these have to be ordered in advance, and arrange with her if you need access by car when bringing any bulky or heavy items.

 

Timetable

 

Friday 15th January

18.00 – Reception (wine and soft drinks) and Exhibition of specimens, books and exsiccatae from the collection of the Natural History Society of Northumbria, in the Clore Suite of the Great North Museum: Hancock (formerly known as the Hancock Museum). Enter through the side doors, and you will be directed to the Clore Suite. The museum itself will be open until 5pm.

19.00 – Talk on Lichens and Lichenology in North-east England, in the Clore Suite. This will be a joint meeting with the Natural History Society of Northumbria.

20.15 – Northumberland Buffet meal at Northern Stage, cost £20. Booking is essential, please see the form posted to you with this Bulletin.

The usual sale of books will take place either at the reception or after the meal.

Saturday 16th January

 

9.45 – Coffee and tea, poster and other exhibits in the Agriculture Building

 

10.30 – Annual General Meeting, Clement Stephenson Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building

 

13.00 – Lunch (at own expense). There are several coffee and sandwich shops within a few minutes walking distance of the venue, and Leazes Park and Exhibition Park are also close by.

 

14.00 Winter Meeting

Talks and shorter snippets to include:

Going, going, gone? – Preventing lichen losses in England. Tim Wilkins (Natural England)

From Contamination to Conservation: the aftermath of lead mining in the North Pennines and mid-Wales. Janet Simkin

Lichens in God’s Acre: a Lincolnshire idyll? Mark Seaward

Overlooked Churchyard Lichens. Mark Powell

River Jelly Lichen and hydro schemes. John Douglass and Brian Coppins

Lucid Cladonia key. Les Knight

17.15 Arrangements for field meeting on Sunday 17th to Wallington Hall. Janet Simkin

17.30 Close

 

Post-AGM meal

For those who would like to eat together after the AGM, a booking can be made at a local restaurant. Numbers and the venue will be confirmed on Saturday morning.

 

Nominations for Officers of the Society

Nominations are invited for Officers for 2016 and for three members of Council for the period 2016–2019 (retiring at the AGM held in early 2019). Proposals should be sent by e-mail or in writing to the Secretary (Dr. Chris Ellis, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR, Scotland C.Ellis@rbge.ac.uk) at least two weeks before the AGM. No person may be nominated without their consent.

Juliet Bailey, Sheila Quin and Pat Wolseley are due to retire from Council and are not eligible for re-election. Chris Ellis is standing down as Secretary, David Hill as Chair of Management Services Committee and Sally Eaton as Chair of the Education and Promotions Committee. We thank them all for their service.

AGM Agenda

Please sign the attendance list and write your own name badge.

 

 

  1. Apologies for absence

  2. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held at Kew in January 2015

  3. Matters arising

  4. Reports of Officers and Committee Chairs:

4.1 President (Janet Simkin)

4.2 Secretary (Christopher Ellis)

4.3 Treasurer (John Skinner)

4.4 Membership Secretary (Heidi Döring)

4.5 Conservation (Bryan Edwards)

4.6 Data (Les Knight)

4.7 Education and Promotions (Sally Eaton)

4.8 Members’ Services (David Hill)

4.9 Bulletin Editor (Paul Cannon)

4.10 Senior Editor Lichenologist (Peter Crittenden)

4.11 Website Editor (Janet Simkin)

4.12 Field Meetings Secretary (Steve Price)

4.13 Librarian (Ray Woods)

4.14 Archivist (Mark Seaward)

4.15 Herbarium Curator (Richard Brinklow)

  1. Election of Officers, including three members of Council

  2. Subscription Fees 2017

7. Any other business

8. Date and place of AGM 2017

 

 

Subscription Fees 2017

No changes to annual membership fees are suggested (so these remain the same in 2017 as agreed for 2016). However, an adjustment of Life membership fees from 2017 onwards is proposed.

 

The Life membership fees for 2016 were calculated as 10x annual Regular membership fee, plus 10x The Lichenologist subscription. The 10x ratio was based on the single Life membership category we used to have, and how it related to our previous annual Ordinary membership fees (both included subscription to The Lichenologist). Senior members not taking The Lichenologist had previously no option to take out Life membership. Now we have the Life membership option for all categories, and members aged 65 or above have the choice to take up Life membership or to continue annual fees with Senior discount. Hence, the comparison for the actual costs of Life membership is better made with the discounted fee (without The Lichenologist subscription). On this basis Life membership in 2016 will equal a different number of membership years with Senior discount depending on whether you subscribe to The Lichenologist or not (20x without, 16x with online only access, 15x with online plus print version; see table for figures). This effect was not fully appreciated when the fees were suggested last year, and we suggest that for 2017 all Life memberships should equal 20x the annual Senior membership fee. As a result, the fee for Life membership including a subscription to The Lichenologist will increase to £500 and £600, respectively (highlighted in red in the table).

 

 

annual fee

 

 

annual fee
+
subscription

annual fee
+
subscription

annual fee

 

 

annual fee
+
subscription

annual fee
+
subscription

Life fee

 

 

Life fee
+
subscription

Life fee
+
subscription

 

Regular

without The Lichenologist

Regular

with e-Lichenologist

Regular

plus print Lichenologist

Senior Discounted

without The Lichenologist

Senior Discounted
with e-Lichenologist

Senior Discounted
plus print Lichenologist

without The Lichenologist

with e-Lichenologist

plus print Lichenologist

2016

10x

Regular

£30

 

£30

+ 10 = £40

£30

+ 15 = £45

£15

 

£15

+ 10 = £25

£15

+ 15 = £30

£300

 

£300

+ 100 = £400

£300

+ 150 = £450

2017

20x

Senior

£30

 

£30

+ 10 = £40

£30

+ 15 = £45

£15

 

£15

+ 10 = £25

£15

+ 15 = £30

£300

 

£300

+ 200 = £500

£300

+ 300 = £600

 

Post-AGM excursion

On Sunday 17th January we will visit Wallington Hall, near Cambo in Northumberland (grid reference NZ027843, postcode NE61 4AR).

 

Wallington is 20 miles north-west of Newcastle, just off the A696 and about a 35 minute drive from the university. On departure it is easy to get to the A1 south, the A69 west, the A696 to Scotland, or to return to Newcastle for trains or coaches. There is no public transport to Wallington on a Sunday so we will arrange car shares the day before, and we may also have the use of a minibus. It would be helpful if you could let the organiser know whether you will be bringing your own car, and whether you can offer seats to other people.

 

We will plan to depart Newcastle at 09.30 am and to meet at Wallington Hall in the car park at 10.30 am. The NT Countryside Manager will then give us a brief introduction to the site and take us through to the gardens. National Trust members should show their cards on entry and for non-members free access is being arranged, more details of this arrangement will be given at the AGM.

 

Local Organiser

Dr Janet Simkin, 41 North Road, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9UN, email janetsimkin@btinternet.com.