17 members attended the AGM and Wine and Cheese party which was slightly down on
the usual numbers with 20 members having sent apologies for absence due to holidays
The President's report covered the various events of the past year. Carol thanked
the Committee and all the other members who had helped out in various ways during
her first year as President. There was a special thank you to Laura Bates, the Hon.
Secretary, who travelled from Eastbourne to several meetings after moving home, a
long trip on public transport.
The President commented that, although the numbers attending Burns were similar to
last year, this did include quite a number of guests, so she was disappointed that
more members did not attend this and other events.
The Treasurer, Reg Finkle, presented the Balance Sheet which showed a small surplus
over the year. In view of this surplus he proposed that £109 be used to top up the
donations to the Chestnut Tree House
Children's Hospice which would bring the total donation to £1,000 made over two and
a half years. This proposal was adopted by the Meeting and it was agreed that a new
Charity should now be selected by the Committee.
Reg also provided a historic report which noted that the society’s end of year funds
had tripled since 2003 and had shown a surplus of income over expenditure in 8 of
those 10 years, reflecting good management over that time as well as the support
and generosity of members as a whole. Reg thanked Bernard Hawkins for taking on the
role of Auditor following Reg’s appointment as Treasurer to replace Denis Stephenson
who has moved to Scotland.
Two members of the Committee have stepped down, Valerie Winter and Laura Bates. Reg
has also indicated his willingness to step down if a new Treasurer can be identified.
Diane Johnstone was elected as the new Secretary, but additional committee members
can still be accommodated.
The Committee for 2012/13 is therefore currently as follows:
President: Carol Blake
Vice President: Lis Perrin
Membership Sec.: Diane Johnstone
Hon. Treasurer: Reg Finkle
Committee Members: Julian Blake
Auditor: Bernard Hawkins
After the meeting was formally closed those present enjoyed wine or soft drinks along
with biscuits and cheese. This gave members an opportunity to chat and catch up on
each others news.
MSCS Annual Golf Competition
Hollingbury Park Golf Club, Brighton
Friday 29th June 2012
The annual MSCS golf competition, well organised again by Ian Burt, was held at Hollingbury
Park Golf Club in Brighton. Despite the forecast of inclement weather the 19 players
were lucky enough to escape the rain, and only had a strong wind to contend with.
The competition as usual included an individual Stableford competition combined
with a Yellow Ball team event.
In the challenging conditions only two players played at or better than their handicap,
with the overall winner and winner of the MSCS Men’s trophy being Doug MacLeod with
38 points, followed by Sam Billcliff with 37 points.
The Ladies’ trophy was won by Candy Everett with 32 points, with Margaret Delves
coming second on 30, edging out Jackie Ellis who gained the same number of points
but lost on the countback.
In the Yellow Ball competition five of the six teams succeeded in getting the yellow
ball round the whole course, with the group comprising Peter Johnstone, Bob Imrie
and John Dudley winning with 36 points.
Allan Delves won the Nearest the Pin competition.
Summer Garden Party
Friday 29th June 2012
45 members and golfing guests attended the Summer Garden Party held in the garden
at the Ditchling home of Helen Firmin. Despite a gloomy forecast, we were quite
fortunate with the weather with only a few spots of rain falling during the evening
although a rather higher temperature would have been much appreciated.
As always, we had a superb choice of delicious salads and desserts brought by members
to accompany the salmon and ham brought by Cecily. In Ian Burt’s absence John Dudley
reported the results of the golf competition as described above and presented the
trophies and various prizes to the winners. Carol thanked the Members for their contributions
to the spread and, in particular, Cecily Linfield for cooking the salmon and the
ham. She also thanked Helen for hosting the event in such beautiful surroundings,
and the kitchen crew who looked after the food and the subsequent clearing up.
Visit to Camelia Botnar Gardens
Wednesday 11th July 2012
2.30 pm (meet at the entrance)
Littleworth Lane (off A272),
Cowfold, West Sussex RH13 8NA
We are planning a visit to Camelia Botnar Homes and Gardens. This will include a
tour of the Gardens plus a talk on the work of the Camelia Botnar Foundation followed
by a visit to their tea rooms.
There is no charge for the visit (you just pay for your own tea!) but donations are