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Report upon the 2013 AGM

The 2013 AGM of the OHA was held on Wednesday 17th April 2013 at the College.

Our outgoing Treasurer, Norman Whyte, reported that the nett position for the year ended 31st December 2012 had been a small loss of 133, but that the overall position of the Association's funds remained healthy, with a balance of some 3,800. This position included an excellent donation to the Association's 2012 charity, South West Children's Hospice, of 1,200.

Our Chairman reported that the membership position of the Association was stable, with 5 new members in the year, whilst sadly 6 members had passed away during the year.

Our Annual Dinner in November 2012 had had a near-record attendance which included a good contingent for the college, whose students had made a generous, and unexpected, donation to the Association's charity funds of 300, for which we were very pleased and grateful. Members had been very pleased with the venue and the catering, and we would be returning to the venue - Somerset County Cricket club - in November 2013. College students had provided a most delightful musical interlude and it was hoped that this could be repeated in 2013. We had said our goodbye to the Principal, Dr Peter Avery, who has been a most supportive Principal.

John Abbott, Acting Principal, updated Members on the College's recent activities and successes, which included:

  • Academic results that placed the College in the top 5% of the 1251 colleges nationally
  • Refurbishments to the science labs
  • A new building on the site of the old swimming pool
  • Offering 2 full degree courses from this September
  • Over 40 medallists at the recent British College Championships, with the men's hockey team becoming national champions.

Norman Whyte confirmed his retirement from the position of Hon Treasurer. He thanked members for their support across his time as Treasurer, and wished his successor, Andrew Janes, well. In return, David Gill thanked Norman for all the work he had done in keeping the Association's finances on an even keel.

Turning to the election of Officers, David Gill was re-elected as President and Chairman; Peter Avery as Vice-President; Peter Gibbs as Vice-Chairman; Andrew Janes as Hon Treasurer; Nick Williams as Hon Secretary and Doug Dawe as Hon Auditor. The committee were elected
en bloc, with the addition of Martin Dongworth.

At the conclusion of the AGM, Members then enjoyed a very pleasant buffet.

Click HERE for the formal Minutes of the 2013 AGM


The AGM of the Old Huish Association was held at the College on Wednesday 15th September, with David Gill presiding as Chairman for the final time. Welcoming the 18 attendees and noting the 8 apologies, we moved rapidly through the Minutes and straight into Matters Arising.
Those attending were brought up to date on the Head Teacher paintings, a saga if ever there was one. The broad outcome is that the painting of Richard Huish himself will be hung in the Principal's office, whilst those of the former Head Masters will - as they are College property - be offered to the local Somerset Heritage Centre for display.

Andrew Janes, our Treasurer, reported on the state of the Association funds. We had welcomed 7 new life members since the last AGM; had made a small profit on the Spring Luncheon which offset some of the loss on the Annual Dinner; and above all we had donated 1,000 to our chosen charity, Selworthy Special School here in Taunton. The nett deficit for the year was 187 but we were still in better shape than some countries..! Andrew will get a stock of ties for sale to members.
David gave us his review of the year just gone, noting that
* The summer Lunch in May 2014 had been well supported and the excellent carvery had been complemented by a raffle that had contributed much to the charity fund. Sadly, as the Club had now been sold, that had been the last time we would meet at Taunton Vale Golf Club.
* Membership levels had remained relatively constant, with new members coming in at about the same rate as we were, sadly, losing members.

He thanked his fellow officers, the College Principals and their PAs, and all those who had served on the committee during his time as chairman. In addition, Porter Dodson solicitors for their sponsorship of the OHA postage. He was grateful to all for their loyal support and friendship.

The vote of thanks to David for all his hard work and commitment was carried with complete unanimity.

Charlie Barker reported that there had been over 4,200 visitors to the present OHA web site since it had been launched. He had recently updated it and would be revamping the site as a whole over summer, as the software running it was several years old now and not fully compatible with the latest Apple or Windows operating systems.

The Annual Dinner was confirmed as SATURDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2015, at SOMERSET COUNTY CRICKET CLUB. Geraint spoke passionately in supporting the College music students who had given up an evening to play so well last year at the Annual Dinner and the AGM agreed to approach the College for a repeat performance.

Point your mouse at the photos below for a brief description.


Doug doing his best to sneak a plateful, while Geraint turns his back...
David, the committee and the gallant few attending


The Association's 2016 AGM was held at the Richard Huish 6th Form College on Wednesday 13th April. The Chairman, Nick Williams, welcomed all present and thanked the College for supplying both the venue and the catering.

Principal John Abbott opened the proceedings, with a report bringing members up to date on what the college had done in the past year. The College continues to grow, with 2,500 students on the current roll. The College had made a successful application for funding for the construction of a new sports hall, to replace the inflatable hall. The project would lead to the construction of a 3 storey hall, with a budget of around 2.3 m, aiming for completion by October 2016. Additionally, the College had set up a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) as sponsor of the Taunton Academy. This was a really interesting and challenging project for the College and promised great opportunities for the 1,200 pupils at the Academy. Finally, and big news, the College had heard in the past few days that a capital grant of around 1.7m would be made available to construct a new classroom block. This would replace the buildings that many of us recall as the woodwork / metal work buildings, which had already been turned into a creative arts hub and would now be replaced entirely.

Andrew Janes, our Treasurer, reported that the accounts for the year ended 31st December 2015 showed a deficit of 305, a little higher than forecast but well within the Association's funds. The Association's charity account was in good shape and had made donations to the College for a student bursary and to last year's charity (Prostate Cancer UK) since the year end. The Association's overall balances were healthy.

Nick then reported on the Association's activities in the past year. The Spring Lunch had been well attended, and he hoped that would continue for the OHA 2016 Spring Lunch. The 2015 Annual Dinner was also well supported, with exactly the same numbers as in 2014. Tom Mayberry from the Somerset Heritage Centre had given a very interesting talk about Richard Huish on the occasion - give or take a day - of the 400th anniversary of the Huish Foundation. He thanked all the members of the committee for their work, especially Neil Trood & John Moore for their efforts in running the profitable raffle for the OHA at the Lunch and Dinner. He finished by saying that although membership was facing a decline, the Association was in good heart - the challenge was to bring in those who had attended the college in more recent years. David Gill gave the vote of thanks to Nick, for his work in managing the Association for all members.

David Gill was re-elected as President with Peter Gibbs as Vice-President; Nick Williams retained his position as Chairman, Andrew Janes as Treasurer and Doug Dawe was reappointed as our Auditor. The rest of the committee were also re-elected "en bloc".

After discussion, the unanimous vote was that our charity for 2016 should be Taunton Association for the Homeless.

Finally, Members were reminded of the dates for the
SPRING LUNCH - Friday 13th May at Oake Manor, 12:00 midday for 1:00 pm
go here for the ticket application

COMMITTEE - Wednesday 14th September at 7:15 pm

ANNUAL DINNER - Saturday 12th November at Somerset County Cricket Club

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