Aberdeen based orchestras of fiddles and accordions that practice, perform and preserve traditional Scottish music.

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Year ended 28 February 2012

Annual report 2012

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President's Introduction

I have to say, it doesn’t feel like 5 years since I took over the reigns from Alan Smith, the previous President. In that time I’ve been very lucky in that there has always been an exceptionally good support team in the form of the Committee, all of whom have helped to make the running of the Society particularly smooth, thus making my part of the job decidedly straightforward and pleasant. I would especially like to pick out Ross Fowler for special mention for all his hard work in so many different aspects of the Society.

I have also been lucky in that I have been able to be partly responsible for helping to celebrate the remarkable milestone of Graham Reid’s Silver Jubilee as conductor. Graham has done so much for the Society over the last 25 years, anything that I have managed to do to recognise his efforts may be very small, but is with deeply heart-felt thanks.

There are major changes facing the Society in the near future. It looks very likely that we will have our first ever female president and our first new lead conductor for 25 years. Societies like ours need change in order to continue and to grow. If the water in the pond doesn’t change it will stagnate. However, particularly for a group like ours, we cannot afford to surge blindly forward without paying heed to what has gone before.

To paraphrase the wonderful author Terry Pratchett, “We have to know where we came from, because if we don’t know where we came from then we don’t know where we are, and if we don’t know where we are, then we don’t know where we are going, and if we don’t know where we are going, then we don’t know if we are going wrong.”

So by all means, lets embrace the future, embrace the change that’s coming, but don’t forget to keep at least half an eye on the past.

Graeme Henderson, President (2007-2012)

Annual Report

The committee present their report for the year ended 28 February 2012.

The members of the committee during the year were:

Original Committee Structure New Committee Structure

all resigned 30 May 2011
Office Bearers
President: Graeme Henderson
Vice President: Karen Gill
Secretary: Karen Gill
Assistant Secretary: Moira Mapley
Treasurer: Ross Fowler
Conductor: Graham Reid
Deputy conductor: Gordon Pirie
Assistant conductor: Sheila Reid
Pianist: Nick Cowling
Leader: Kim Beveridge

Other committee members
Kate Falconer, Laura McCracken,
Christine Marshall, Emma MacPherson,
Neil MacNeil, Karen Steed

all appointed 30 May 2011 (except where stated)
Office Bearers
President: Graeme Henderson
Vice President: Karen Gill
Secretary: Brian Priestley
Assistant Secretary: position vacant
Treasurer: Ross Fowler
Conductor: Graham Reid

Other committee members
Gloria Hay
Joanne Miller
Mhairi Shand (appointed 13 October 2011)

The committee is responsible for managing the affairs of the Society and is elected from the Society’s Life/Ordinary members at the Annual General Meeting. The committee was restructured during the year as detailed in the review of developments section. With effect from May 2011 all the committee are elected annually. The committee has the power to fill any vacancies arising during the year.

The induction process for committee members includes providing them with a copy of the latest full annual report and financial statements, the Constitution & Rules, and “Guidance for Charity Trustees” published by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

The committee have regular formal meetings throughout the year and may also have ad-hoc meetings on rehearsal evenings as required.

The Society is an unincorporated association, governed by its Constitution & Rules, and is recognised as a charity by OSCR (Scottish Charity number SC011924) in accordance with the provisions of The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

Correspondence should be addressed to 129 Jesmond Avenue, Aberdeen, AB22 8UE or email secretary@aberdeenstrathspey.org.uk.

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