The Eventide Owners Association held their annual AGM on Saturday 28th January at the Bull, Theydon Bois in Essex where those in attendance enjoyed an excellent pub lunch. Attendance at the meeting was low although many apologies for absence were received. For this reason the usual raffle with proceeds given to the RNLI was not held, but the members agreed that the Association should make a small donation to the Walton and Frinton branch of the RNLI in lieu. The President had not received any entries for the annual Log Competition so no trophies were awarded.
The donation made to the Cirdan Sailing Trust by the Association last year was discussed. The groups using the Trusts services are responsible of their own financing of the trip and it is often difficult for them to raise sufficient funds. At our request the money we donated went into the trust’s ‘Voyage of Discovery Fund’, which grants bursaries to make up the short-fall for such groups. Shortly before the AGM our President received a report from the Cirdan Trust on how they had distributed our donation; two groups being the beneficiaries. One of these was a school for pupils with special educational needs and the other a youth group from a deprived area. Included with the report were endorsements from the group’s leaders and the young people who participated and it was very rewarding to read how much these children had benefited. We will be reporting further on this in the spring issue of the Bulletin and will be posting excerpts from the report on this website shortly.
As a result of the feedback from the Cirdan Trust is was decided to make another, smaller donation, this year with the beneficiaries being the same special needs school.
Several matters of significance to the future of the association were also discussed and members will receive a full report of these in the spring Bulletin. It is planned to call an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss this more fully in the late summer and it is hoped that more members will be able to attend on that occasion.