Annual General Meeting 2018

Notice of AGM at Canolfan Soar, Pontmorlais. Tuesday 05 June 2018

  1. Welcome & Apologies
  2. Minutes of AGM 23 May 2017 for approval
  3. Branch Accounts 2017-2018 for approval (including review of weekly class fee / subscription)
  4. Nominations: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer

NOTE: All branch members are deemed to constitute a Branch Committee for any such purposes; for approval

Minutes of Merthyr Tydfil WEA Branch AGM, held at Canolfan Soar 23 May 2017

Present: Huw Williams (Chair) and 13 members

  1. Chair welcomed all to the meeting; there were no apologies received
  2. Minutes of the AGM for 14 June 2016 were accepted and approved
  3. The accounts for 2016-17 were received and approved after explanation from HW
  4. Nominations were opened by Chair and the following were unanimously re-elected: Chair: Huw Williams; Vice-Chair: Ceinwen Statter; Secretary: Viv Pugh; Treasurer: Barbara Melksham. Chair reminded the meeting that the whole membership was deemed to form the Branch Committee for any and such purposes

Chair reminded the meeting that he was inclined to stand down after several years as lead tutor at these classes and that a successor (s) would be found during the summer break. The meeting closed at 11.45 am

Presentation of Accounts 2017-2018


  • £ 1,020.05 subscriptions from autumn & spring 2017 classes, to 31 May 2018
  • £ 327.25 balance in branch account at April 2017
  • £ 21.50 cash balance, as at 31 May 2018
  • Total: £ 1,398.80


  • £ 220.00 room rentals (Note: ALW regional office paid several weeks)
  • £ 10.00 branch affiliation/renewal to ALW nationally
  • £ 39.99 branch website renewal
  • £ 1,000.00 tutors’ expenses
  • Total: £ 1,269.99


  • £ 128.81

Chair's Report 2017-18: By Huw Williams, Branch Chair

The branch has remained active for the duration of the academic year at its – by now –spiritual home of Canolfan Soar on Pontmorlais. Chair standing down as lead tutor has enabled Dr Daryl Leeworthy to succeed and conduct classes in his own inimitable style and I personally thank him on behalf of the branch for his excellence, scholarship, sense of humour and affability. (I could go on!).

Classes week in week out have been generous to say the least in giving: to defray tutor expenses including sometimes onerous public transport and the cost of room hire. Topics for discussion have ranged far and wide, attended by an eclectic mix of people from over the hills, down from the high ground, up from the Vale and over by there! They have been a joy; meaningful, educational and have raised the profile of lifelong learning within Merthyr Tydfil and beyond. May these classes continue, with the unstinting support of regular class members, to bring new people to the forum and to continue to be enjoyed.