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Annual General Meeting 2010

The Annual General Meeting of the Old Tauntonians' Association, Southampton was held on Monday 8 February 2010 at 7pm at The Sporting View, Southampton Sports Centre.

You can view the Draft Minutes of this meeting that will be presented for approval at the next AGM in 2011 (including Reports from Executive Officers). This document will open in a separate window.

Presented below for your information are the Meeting Agenda, list of Elected Officers and Honorary General Secretary's Annual Report 2009.


  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting (held on 23 February 2009)
  3. Matters arising from the Minutes
  4. Correspondence
  5. Reports 2009:
    1. Honorary General Secretary
    2. Honorary Membership Secretary
    3. Honorary Website Manager
    4. Honorary Editor News & Views
    5. Honorary Archivist
    6. Chairman – College Liaison Committee
  6. Honorary Treasurer's Report 2009
  7. Election of Vice President(s) and Honorary Members
    (In accordance with the Constitution, nominations must have received the prior approval of the Executive Council)
  8. Election of Officers for 2010–2011 (each is an honorary post):
    1. President; Chairman of the Association; General Secretary; Membership Secretary; Website Manager; Treasurer; Editor, News & Views
    2. Election of three Ordinary Members for 2010–2011
  9. Election of Honorary Examiner of Accounts
  10. Any Other Business
    Members may raise questions or matters for discussion relating to the Association but are reminded that the meeting cannot vote on any question or subject discussed.

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Elected Officers

The Officers for the year 2009–2010 are:

    President: Ted Colenutt
    Chairman: Roger Parsons
    General Secretary: Bob Newell
    Treasurer: David Bryett
    Membership Secretary:     Jeff White
    News & Views Editor: Mike Gould
    Website Manager: Bob Newell

At present there are two Ordinary Members of Council:

    Martin Rowe and Paul Skates

Ex-Officio Members of Council:

    Principal (Alice Wrighton)
    Immediate Past President (Jonathan Prest)
    Immediate Past Chairman of Council (John Martin)
    Vice Presidents: Messrs Caffrey, Colenutt, Hodgkinson, Humby, Munro and Bathurst

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Honorary General Secretary's Annual Report 2009

The report covers the period covered from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009. It includes activities involving Old Tauntonians whether or not promoted by the Executive Council.

The New Years Honours List 2010
David Harrison (1948–56) was awarded the honour of an OBE for services to Golf.

The Old Tauntonian / Old Bournemouthian Golf Day (Dibden, May)
This event encompasses the John Rush Trophy for Old Tauntonians, the Old Bournemouthians Seniors Trophy and an overall Stableford Competition for The Pomeroys Cup. The overall Stableford Competition and Pomeroys Cup winner was Colin Ray (OT) with Danny Nixon and John Lewis (both OTs) in second and third places. Colin Ray won the John Rush Trophy. The Triangular Golf Match (Hockley, June) played between Old Tauntonians, Old Symondians and Old Edwardians for The Freeman Cup, was won by the Old Symondians (11 points) from OTs (7.5) and OEs (5.5) . Full handicap allowance was granted this year and this, together with the gathering years of the OT team, was said to have severely affected the result.

The 99th Southampton Reunion Dinner - (Southampton Park Hotel, November)
The Dinner Chairman was Jeff White (1942-51) who was accompanied by his wife, Margaret. Councillor Brian Parnell represented the City Council. Other guests included Alice Wrighton, Principal of Taunton's College, three members of her Management Team, (Jane Higgins, Annelise Miller and Matt Atkinson) representatives of The Old Bournemouthians', The Old Edwardians' and the Old Symondians' Associations. The total attendance was 95. Bernie Thomason welcomed the Guests and proposed the toast to The College, to which Alice Wrighton responded. Ron Allison was the Master of Ceremonies.

Old Bournemouthians' Association Annual Dinner (September)
Five OTs attended. John Bathurst was the OBs special OT guest.

College Celebration Evening (Taunton's College, December)
The OTA again sponsored awards of vouchers and shields for the winners of three College Faculties - Arts, Science and Social Science. The presentations were made by Ted Colenutt (President of the O.T.A.)

The Executive Council
The Executive Council met four times during the year, once at Taunton's College, where Alice Wrighton had kindly provided meeting facilities. Other than the Annual Reunion Dinner, organised by the autonomous Dinner Committee, Tauntonian events are mainly organised by independent groups of OTs. The Council is mostly concerned with administrative matters - secretarial, financial, membership, website and editorial. During the year:-

  • The "100 Club"
    The "100 Club" continued to flourish under the sole administration of David Bryett. Members of the 'Club' have a chance to win Eleven Monthly prizes of £20 and one of £400 (drawn at the Annual Dinner). Over the years the scheme has raised sufficient funds to enable a substantial subsidy to be made toward the 250th Anniversary /100th Dinner celebration. More details

  • Summer Lunch (August)
    This event again drew a capacity attendance of at Keats Restaurant. As reported in previous years it is intended primarily as a mid-year get together of OTs and their partners. If the occasion arises it is used to mark a special event. This year my colleagues on the Council and Dinner Committee considered my 80th birthday to be such. Roger Parsons and John Martin spoke fulsomely of a man I did not recognise and Roger presented me with an engraved Hoggit Port Decanter that I shall always greatly treasure. More details

  • News & Views
    Two 40-odd page issues of the newsletter were published. The newsletter continues to be contributed to and welcomed by its subscribers. The production work of Mike Gould and Jeff White is to be heartily congratulated.

  • Taunton's Memorabilia
    Thanks to the continuing generosity of Pearson's the Estate Agents, the Association's Archives are now safely housed. David Brown, with the utmost patience, has carefully sorted and filed hundreds of documents.

  • 250th Anniversary of the founding of Taunton's School
    Both the Association and The College are planning events to mark this very special year. One particular feature will take place on 26th June when there will be a Thanksgiving Service at Highfield Church followed by a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the tomb of Richard Taunton at Holy Rood.

  • Obituaries
    During the period the deaths were reported of:-

    Staff: A.R.Pargeter (1946-62): John Jacobs (1965- 99)

    Ex-Pupils /Students: Keith Barnett (1945-48): Brian Barry (1949-55) : John Peter Copson (1930-36) :Ray F.Dalton (1939-45): Charles Cyril Franks (1931-36): Edward Grayson (1939-1944): Peter George Hatcher (1937-42) : William Robert Humphreys (1936-41) : George Lawrence (1925-32): Bernard Geoffrey Mitchell (1932-40): Richard P Morris (1957-64): Roy "Ernie" Rowe (1939-46) : John Shippey (1952-57): Harry White-Ridley (1930-35)

  • New Members
    10 new members joined the Association during the year. The youngest left the School in 1963.

  • The John Oxborrow Appeal
    An appeal originated by the Executive Council to assist the acquisition by his niece of the medals and flight documents of 'Johnnie' Oxborrow DFC, in order to save them (eventually for presentation to a museum) raised £1400 through donations by members of the Association.

As this is the final report I shall be required to submit as General Secretary, I would like to express my wholehearted thanks for their counsel to the Chairmen and all members of the Executive Council with whom I have had the pleasure to serve since joining it ten years or so ago. During that time the duties they perform mean some of them have been in constant liaison with me. Without wishing to give offence to anyone, I particularly mention Jeff White, Dave Bryett, Mike Gould and, latterly, Martin Rowe. I wish the incoming Secretary a happy and successful tenure and as much enjoyment as I have had in that position. Over the years and solely due to the appointment, I have met or made contact by letter, telephone or email - that I would never otherwise have done - with countless Old Tauntonians and their families. Only on one occasion have I received other than kindness, courtesy, co-operation, patience and understanding. To all of the above, for their willing help, humour, support - and sometimes forgiveness - I am most grateful; for the friendship they gave me, I shall ever be in their debt.

John Bathurst, January 2010

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