© SK58 Birders 2023
on from the renewal article below, did you know you can bay by BACS/
online? If you use online banking, contact either our Treasurer
or Membership Secretary
for online banking details to enable a paperless transfer. If paying
online, please use your surname & initial as reference so we
know who you are.
a reminder it's the AGM on 31st January- don't be put off! the formalities
only last 20 mins, then It'll be our own Mick Clay, talking about
his local patches within SK58. Also a reminder that subs are now
all at one address
unemployed or student
received the sad news that long time member Wilf Slack has passed
away. Wilf was a member for over 20 years. May the group pass on
its heartfelt condolences to his friends and family- and thanks
to his son for advising us in person.
can we wish you all a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New
Year! Just a few notes from an extra organisers meeting held on
Wednesday 14th December:
A reminder the January meeting is our AGM. Currently all the current
organisers are standing for re-election. However, if you wish
to become involved, please step forward. We have a long-term vacancy
(Group Secretary), currently covered by our Recorder, Andy Hirst
and Lyn Facer, our Membership Secretary has indicated she would
like to step down at the end of 2023. We are always looking for
help towards the running of the group, and not necessarily in
an official role, more ad-hoc help is also welcome, so any time
you can offer to the group would be greatly appreciated.
January is also the month when subscriptions are due. Following an organisers
meeting last Wednesday and despite rising costs, (mostly speakers fees),
it was decided to keep subscriptions and on the door charges at the
same level for 2023. However, attendances at indoor meetings have dwindled
recently, which is a shame because we have had some first-rate speakers
recently. Make the most of your annual subscription and come along to
the Loyal Trooper. As well as top notch speakers you can have a drink.
The upstairs meeting room is warm and comfortable and makes an ideal
venue. It also means with more attendees we can offset the speaker's
costs which have increased sharply in recent years.
- Indoor Meetings
Speaking of which, following a few hiccups recently with the Loyal
Trooper booking system (or lack thereof), it was decided to change our
indoor meetings to the LAST TUESDAY, instead of the LAST WEDNESDAY.
We've held our indoor meetings on the last Wednesday since our inception
30 years ago, however conflicts with the newly created pool team, who
drink far more beer than us, have been given priority of the room. Alternative
venues were looked into, but it's financially beneficial to the group,
and to stretch our income further, it was fiscally and simpler to change
our meeting day. SO, FROM OUR JANUARY MEETING ONWARDS, INDOOR MEETINGS
WILL BE HELD ON THE LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH. We hope we don't
lose any members who cannot make Tuesdays, but conversely, we hope to
gain a few attendees who previously couldn't make Wednesdays. Our Speakers
Organisers will be contacting all the speakers and rebooking them for
the last Tuesday slots. If you are a guest speaker, already booked for
2023, Janet & Michael will be contacting you shortly to rebook.
Please note however our 2 monthly Organisers meetings will still be
held on the Wednesday before the indoor meeting.
We are always open to new members. As highlighted above, we have noticed
a dip in attendances at indoor meetings, and we are acutely aware we
have an ageing membership. New blood is always welcome. To this end
we have car stickers available to group members, to help promote the
group when you are driving around. To get yours contact our Recorder.
We did have 500 leaflets printed, but since we changed the day of our
indoor meetings to Tuesdays, these are now obsolete. We will probably
have amended leaflets printed in the near future. Our costs are set-
speakers fees, insurance, running costs etc... Therefore it would be
great to spread these costs amongst a greater membership, thus making
members subscriptions go further. If you have a local friend or neighbour
who has even a slight interest in birds or the local environment, why
not bring them along to the next meeting.
- 1992 to 2022-
30 Years of SK58 Birders 2023 is our 30th year. We've no firm plans
yet to celebrate, but at our November meeting (30 years almost to the
day), those who attended were treated to cakes and buns, courtesy of
Janet Gray & Lyn Facer. Thanks to both for their excellent baking-
can we have these at every meeting (ed)? One thing we would like to
do, maybe in the spring, is have all the past and present chairpersons
gather for a 30th anniversary photo; 1992-1997-Rob Hardcastle, 1997-2002-
Andy Hirst, 2003-2016- Mick Clay & 2017 - on, Paul Tennyson.
As we approach a new year, can we remind everyone to submit their records
ASAP, so they can be entered and reviewed. Don't forget, we have our
own Access Database and Monthly Excel Recording sheet. This makes entering
your records simpler as we can simply copy + paste rather than re-type.
sheet is available here to download. If you wish to have copy of
the database to enter your own records see our recorder.