Notice of AGM

Notice is hereby given that the 25th Annual General Meeting of the UK Ballad Association will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 25th, 2017 at Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Approval of minutes of 24th AGM
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Report by Honorary Secretary / Treasurer
  5. Report by Webmaster
  6. Report by Newsletter Editor
  7. Report by Chairman
  8. Election of officers and committee members
  9. Review of Subscription Rates for 2018
  10. Progress report on Championships 2018
  11. Date and Venue for Championships 2019
  12. Any Other Business

Honorary Secretary:

Janie Smallridge, The Willows, Ludwell Lane, Exeter   EX2 5AQ


 Minutes of the 24th AGM  held at Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club on

November 19th, 2016

Present: representatives of the following boats:  Matui, Windwhistle, Duchess, Poppin, Summertime, Shara of York, Sixpence, Khadine, Shebeen, Vivacious, Arabesque

1 Apologies: Happy Hour, Afrodite, Gancia Girl, Balu

2 Minutes of the 23rd AGM were circulated and agreed.

3 Matters Arising:  None

4 Report by Secretary and Treasurer: Janie apologised for not managing to arrange a Winter Dinner, when she failed to organise a speaker.  It was agreed that members would enjoy a dinner without a speaker.  However, Chris and Katie Jackson have agreed to give a talk, with photos, on their three sailing experiences in Thailand.

An email will be sent out with the order form for fleeces with the Ballad Logo which was in the newsletter, so that more orders can be prepared at once.  Action:  Janie

5 Report by Webmaster:  There are currently three Ballads for sale on the website, and Mick Pindar requested to be informed when boats are sold so that they can be removed.

6 Report by Newsletter Editor: Ken Morgan was thanked for the lovely Autumn newsletter and he asked for more photos and articles for the next one.

7 Chairman’s report: Tim Burne thanked the Committee and in particular, Cathy Noakes for helping with the organising of a very enjoyable Championships run by Royal Western Yacht Club. He handed over to Chris Jackson for his proposal of a new trophy to encourage more boats to attend the Championships, who might otherwise be put off by the out-and-out racers.  It was agreed that there would be a 'White Sail' group sailing with everyone else, but receiving a separate trophy.  Entries would only have to decide at the Friday Skippers Briefing which group to join (and this may depend on final crew numbers).

8 Election of Officers for 2017: Cathy Noakes, Chris Tyrrell and George Whetman were happy to continue on the Committee.  

 Tim Burne continues as Chairman and Janie continues as Secretary/Treasuer, but again asked whether anyone would take on this role.

9 It was agreed to keep Subscription Rates at £6 per boat, and £5 for ex-owners.

10 Arrangements are in place to hold the 2017 Championships in Fowey over the weekend 26th - 29th May.  A meeting will be organised with locals to finalise arrangements.    Action: Janie

 Usual Skippers' Briefing on Friday evening, two races Saturday and again Sunday, and a Pursuit Race on Monday.  It is hoped to have a meal at Fowey Gallants on Saturday evening and Prizegiving Dinner at Royal Fowey Yacht Club on Sunday evening. Action:  Tim/Chris Tyrrell

11 2018 Championships: It was agreed to hold the Championships in the Yealm, after investigating the tides. Action:  Janie

12 AOB:  Geoff Wheeler (Arabesque) has offered to organise the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club to donate a Corinthian trophy for the 'White Sail' group.

13 Date of future AGM. To be notified.

Janie Smallridge  Hon Sec/Treasure


Ballad AGM supper

Saturday 25th November 2017

£18 per person

Pan fried chicken breast on bubble and squeak patti flavoured with smoked bacon served on chive cream sauce


Salmon fillet with parsley, prawn and lemon stuffing with parsley sauce


Vegetable and cheddar pie with toasted pine nuts and sesame seed glaze (v)


Milk chocolate Panna cotta with caramel dipped strawberry


Warm cherry Bakewell tart with custard


Fresh filter coffee/ tea


Notice of AGM 2017

Minutes of AGM 2016

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