Seventy-two members and their guests attended the 98th Annual General Meeting of the Society in the Throne Room of Archbishop’s House on 23 March 2022, preceded by Holy Mass in the Cathedral.
The Chairman welcomed members to the first in-person AGM since 2019. She opened her report by thanking Council members for their dedication to the Society during the year.
The Treasurer’s report highlighted the financial performance of the Society since the previous AGM and announced that the contribution to Archbishop’s House this year was £39,135. Due to pressures in the market in recent years, the Society has prudently reduced its contribution to Archbishop’s House by £17,000. Coupled with the recent improvement in the investment market, this has resulted in reserves standing at £690,000, an all-time record. The Society’s accounts had been independently examined and approved by Council. These will be submitted to The Charity Commission in England and Wales and copies are available from the Secretary. The Chairman thanked members for their continuing and generous support of the work of the Society.
The Chairman launched the Society’s Centenary 2022 Appeal which will raise funds for works towards the decarbonisation of Archbishop’s House. She announced that there will be a special Centenary Reception at Archbishop’s House on 10 May.
Following the business of the AGM, Fr Peter Harris, the Society’s Chaplain set a challenge for all present to locate eighteen ‘hidden’ snails within the Throne Room’s decoration.
Members enjoyed the Reception in the presence of Cardinal Vincent who brought us his latest news. The Cardinal had just returned from a major conference in the USA on anti-human trafficking. The Chairman presented the Cardinal with the Society’s gifts and again thanked members for their support. His Eminence was appreciative of the contribution the Society makes towards the maintenance of Archbishop’s House and his office personally.