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Minutes from The Neighbourhood Watch AGM Saturday 21st September 2019
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting

PRESENT:
Members of the Board of Trustees
Michael Laidlow, Volunteer and Watch Liaison officer
Watch Coordinators
Guest Speakers

1. CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS:
Dave Duncombe welcomed and thank those who attended today. He reminded the audience of the changes made this year in that the Conference which usually occurred on a  separate day, was now running concurrently after the business of the AGM and hoped that this new arrangement was successful. He then talked through the usual housekeeping items.

2. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
These were not recorded this time, but it was noted that 38 members attended today.

3. MINUTES OF THE AGM 2018:
Copies of the minutes were distributed and were accepted as a true reflection of the meeting and were proposed by Elaine Hetterly and seconded by Derek Tovey.

4. MATTERS ARISING:
There were no matters arising from the Minutes.

5. TREASURER’S REPORT:
Jeff Mannooch gave a detailed report of the Association’s financial position which he was able to report was generally strong and healthy with a balance on June 30th  of  £10,427.77. He noted that  there had been a  reduction in income this year of £400, probably due to poor sales of security items, Xmas draw tickets and a lower income from the Annual Quiz Night. He would be pleased to receive any suggestion to improve income.

6. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTION OF TRUSTEES:
There were no objections to the continuation of the current trustees and these were elected en-bloc.

7. WATCH LIAISON OFFICER’S REPORT, MICHAEL ‘Geordie’ LAIDLOW:
Michael lamented the reduction in the number of Watch Coordinators in the Medway area which has been a lower percentage drop than that recorded nationally in recent years. He asked if those present could help to recruit new members where possible.

He acknowledged that the reduction could be due in part to the lack of information getting to the coordinators since the previous police messaging system had been withdrawn, which coincided with  a lower number of volunteers in his office to disseminate messages through the system in use now. On the positive side, he now has a trainee and expects the situation to be resolved by the end of September. He is also working with a group of students from Mid-Kent College who will be helping him in several volunteer areas including Neighbourhood Watch.

Questions from the floor to Michael centred around the potential use of social media sites such as Facebook and Next Door for NhWatch messages. He was able to confirm that Kent Police had Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites in addition to their website but there was no dedicated Kent Police NhWatch site.
He warned against relying on the accuracy of non-police social media sites as they often carried unsubstantiated and innacurate information and may misuse your data if you register with them. Particularly those based outside of the EU where less stringent data protection rules apply.

8. AOB:
Chairman Dave Duncombe rounded-up the AGM by again thanking those who attended and thanking the MNW committee for their support over the past year
There was no other business and the AGM was closed.

Contact Details for the Medway Neighbourhood Watch:

Medway Police Station,
Purser Way,
Gillingham
ME7 1NE

Contact Michael Laidlow on:
01634 792131

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