2013: Minutes




Minutes of the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

of the 

FALKLAND ISLANDS ASSOCIATION 

held at 61 Whitehall, London 

on 

Saturday 7th December 2013 at 12 noon 

 

 

The Chairman, Mr Alan Huckle, welcomed members of the Association and our guests to the AGM at the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall. 

 

1. Apologies for absence. 

 

These were recorded from: Mrs Merle Christie, Lady de la Billiere, David and Diana Marshall, The Hon Cindy Buxton, Mrs Sonya Porter, John Hobson, Eileen Turner, John Hatchman, Tym and Lindsay Marsh, Mr & Mrs G Townsend, Trevor Johnson, Annabelle Spencer, Ted, Jean and Karen Clapp, and John Stanley. 

 

2. To receive and if thought fit to approve the annual report of the Executive Committee. 

 

The Chairman presented the report, copies of which were circulated. See report attached at Appendix A. Acceptance of the Report was approved nem con. 

 

 

3. To receive and if thought fit to approve the Honorary Treasurer’s report and Account for the year ended 31st March 2012. 

 

The Honorary Treasurer, before presenting the accounts for the period ending 31st March 2013 drew attention to the fact that HMRC had reviewed the tax status of the Association from a dormant Company with no tax liability to an actively trading one as in recent years the Association has received income from adverts taken out in the Newsletter and any surpluses generated are now liable for tax. He said that amounts are likely to be quite small and would be unlikely to have any significant impact of the Association’s finances. To assist the Association in preparing and filing the accounts to the required standard we have appointed UK based accountants and auditors BDO who are the largest UK auditor operating in the Falkland Islands. Moving the income and expenditure he drew attention to variations in the expenditure compared to the previous year and the addition of legal and professional costs to cover the preparation of the accounts mentioned earlier which a sponsor had kindly agreed to cover by way of a donation. He concluded that the finances of the Association were viable at this time. 

A summary of the accounts is attached at Appendix B. Approval of the report was proposed by Mr Saul Pitaluga, seconded by Ms Tansey Cunningham and carried nem con. 

 

4. Election of Officers. 

 

The Vice-Chairman, Mr Saul Pitaluga proposed the re-election of Mr Alan Huckle as Chairman. This was seconded by Col Mike Bowles and approved nem con. 

 

Mr Robin Willow then proposed the election of the other officers ‘en bloc’ which included Mr Saul Pitaluga as Vice Chairman, Mr Colin Wright as Hon Secretary, Mr James Wallace as Hon Treasurer and Mrs Sharon Jaffray as Editor of the Newsletter. This was seconded by Mr David Tatham and approved nem con. 

 

 

 

 

5. Election of Executive Committee. 

 

The Hon Secretary proposed the election of present members of the Executive Committee ‘en bloc’ which included Mr D G Ainslie, Col. M Bowles, Ms Dominique Giudicelli, Air Commodore P Johnson, Mr M Jones, Mr Paul Martinez, the Hon A. Shackleton and Mr R Wager to serve for another year. Miss Karen Minto had been listed in the Agenda but had withdrawn as she was returning to the Falkland Islands. Seconded by Mr David Tatham and approved nem con. 

 

 

6. Election of Mr Paul Freer as Honorary Inspector. 

 

The Hon Secretary proposed that Mr Paul Freer, who had inspected this year’s accounts, be elected as Honorary Inspector. This was seconded by John Maxwell-Bott and approved nem con. 

 

7. Presentation of the "Bill Hunter-Christie Memorial Prize”. 

The Chairman announced that the winner of the prize this year was Miss Mhari-Anne Eccles. The prize was presented, in the absence of Mrs Merle Christie, by the FIG London Representative, Miss Sukey Cameron. 

 

8. Other matters 

 

a) Mr Roger Edwards MLA addressed members thanking all who had taken part in the ceremony earlier in the day. He stressed how important it was for the Falkland Islands be kept in the public mind both in the UK and overseas and he thanked the Association for the valuable work that it was doing and would continue to do. He described how the MLA’s had taken the message to many states during the year. He mentioned the Referendum and the progress in oil exploration. He thanked members for their support of the Islanders. 

 

b) Andrew Rosindell MP addressed members and reassured them that there was considerable support for the Falkland Islands across all the political parties. He mentioned the Referendum and the hope that this would have settled the matter but noted that, unlike Canada, the USA was unable to come out and support the Islanders right to self determination. So there was still work to be done. In his travels he had noted a change in attitude of support for the Islanders despite in some areas not wishing to upset Argentina. 

 

c) David Tatham drew members attention to his Falkland Islands Historical Time Line leaflet which had been sponsored by Stanley Services and copies were available at the meeting. 

 

d) Mr Donald Lamont drew attention to the Friends of the Falkland Islands Museum and National Archives which had set up in the year. Canon Stephen Palmer is 

visiting the Islands and will report back in a Newsletter in the New Year. Leaflets were available at the meeting and a website at http://www.fimafriends.com has been set up. He invited support for the Friends. 

 

e) The Hon Secretary drew attention to the free calendars provided by Pobjoy Mint, also that he had Association ties and badges on sale together with copies of the booklet of Falklands words and expressions "Diddle Dee to Wire Gates” 

 

f) The Chairman mentioned that as the 100th Anniversary of the First World War was approaching information was being sought on those who took part in that war from the Islands. Those who died were remembered on memorials but those who survived were less well recorded and if anyone had any useful information they should contact the Falklands Government Archive or Cindy Buxton on the Committee. 

 

g) Roger Edwards spoke about the visit of the MLA’s attending talks in Brussels. Whilst it was apparent that the UK and France were members of the EU it was less well known that the UK Overseas Territories are also members of the EU and are entitled to benefits like export to the EU, grants etc although not subject to all the EU Regulations. Substantial funding had been offered to the Islands by the EU. 

 

h) Harold Briley expressed his appreciation of the Newsletters and said that he felt the Editor might appreciate letters. 

 

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 12.55pm, thanking all those who had attended, and refreshments were served.