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Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 15th November 2017

At beginning of evening, photographs of Outings for 2017 were shown

Chairman welcomed members, visitors and special guests – Ms Terrill, national organiser of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. Mrs Alex McMillan and Mrs Rosemary Leslie – Renfrewshire district organisers, plus the local residents who opened their gardens in 2017 to support the Charity In Kilmacolm during 2017.

Apologies: Jackie Cumming, Judith Russell, Pat and Charles Briggs, Helen Abram, Russell Crichton, Helen Calvert. Apologies from our catering convenor, Mrs Helen Cook, in hospital after suffering a broken bone in her leg.

Deaths: We are sad to record the deaths of members Mrs Millie Morrison, Peter Houston, Andrew Hammond, Mrs Marie Abram, Mrs Marjorie Stewart, Mrs Lily Shand, Mrs Ann McGarva.


The Accounts cover the period 1st October 2016 to 30th September 2017. (In Minutes Record)

Income for the year was funded by members’ subscriptions of £720, the Coffee Morning was well supported with income of £855. Annual Flower Show raised income of £228, with other sundries totalling £165.

Expenditure for the year covered the Rent for the hall of £222, fees to Lecture speakers of £275, printing stationery postage and sundries of £436, with nominal extras of £146. The Flower Show costs cover Hire of the hall, prize money, judges, engraving of the Cups, show schedules printing and postage etc, totalling £889.Capital expenditure for a new winter lectures screen cost £96.

The Spring and Summer Outings were subsidised by £159. Outings are budgeted assuming a full coach is expected, but the take-up this year was reduced to approx. 40 people for each outing, resulting in shortfall.

At year end, money in the Bank as at 30th September stands at £5,086.66.

The accounts were audited and verified by Gordon McGibbon

At year end, we have 14 Life members, 184 paid up members, with 37 members who have not paid a subscription for two years or more. We do have a declining membership compared to previous years.

No questions, Accounts were approved and adopted.


It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve as your chairman over the past year.

It has been a year of activity with many members and visitors coming together for a varied programme of events.

Our successful series of Winter lectures

  • Spring plant sale and Coffee Morning
  • Outings to Glenarn and Crarae Gardens
  • And finally a highly successful Flower Show in the autumn.

Winter Lectures take place from October to March usually on the third Wednesday of the month. We try to have a varied selection of topics to interest gardeners and we are always open to suggestions for suitable topics for next winter.

Spring plant sale and Coffee Morning Our annual plant sale and coffee morning was well supported and we are grateful to Helen Cook and her team for supplying the coffee and home baking. The high quality plants were supplied by Parklea Nurseries in Port Gladgow. Parklea is a charity registered as a Therapeutic Horticultural Centre caring for many people with mental and physical disabilities.

They are open to the public and if you haven’t found them yet I would strongly recommend you pay them a visit when you are getting into gear for your spring planting.

Outings As I mentioned we had two outings this year. The visit to Glenarn estate was blessed with glorious spring weather but the summer outing was wet such that the Argyllshire midgies were out in force. Happily though, having decided that they had dined out on us long enough we retreated to the safety of Inverary Castle where a wonderful guide regaled us with many tales of errant Dukes and Duchesses.

Next year we have decided on a single outing in the summer and we will visit the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies and also visit two of the best Gardens in Kilsyth, under the SGS scheme.

Flower Show As always this was the highlight of our year. We are one of the few remaining small societies who still manage to run an annual flower show. Hhowever, although we continue to attract some wonderful exhibits the trend is for fewer and fewer people to present their produce. This year the bulk of the display was down to two people. Now I’m sure with a bit of effort most of us could produce a container or create a flower display. Come along and show us what you are growing. Let’s try to give the judges a really busy day next year.

Our sincere thanks are due to Mrs Alex Macmillan for granting us storage facilities for our tables over many years.

Garden at the Cross Over the past 17 years we have maintained the garden at the cross and many people have remarked on its beauty. Our thanks go to Maxi Thompson who helps with pruning the shrubs twice a year. Change is afoot however…Inverclyde Council wish to make improvements to the centres of towns and villages in their care and they have given the task of a makeover of our garden to Riverside Inverclyde. We have had meetings with them and we await developments.

The containers in the square are maintained by Colourful Kilmacolm and a great job they do, along with displays in other parts of our village.


  • To Susan, Gary, and Jean and the staff in the Community Centre who always give us 100% support for all our events
  • To all members of committee who organize events, keep the accounts, serve refreshments.
  • To our many friends, visitors and members who support our events
  • And a special thankyou to Jill for all her hard work to keep the show on the road.


Secretary: Retiral, Election of Office Bearers and Committee

Mr Ken Graham and Mr Andrew Spence are honorary vice-presidents of the Society.

Mr Bill Lamont has given his resignation to the committee after many years of loyal, active service,

Including hosting the winter lectures, and on desk duty at all events. Very grateful thanks to dear friend Bill.

Mrs Janet Yates has resigned due to family pressures,- thanked for her willing contribution..

Chairman   Ian Morrice; Vice-Chairman Peter Klovborg; Secretary Jill Russell; Treasurer Irene Gillone; each agreed to re-election, which was agreed unanimously..

Committee: Carina Bull, Helen Cook, Mary Ludwig, Jenny O’Rourke, each agreed to continue on committee, and were re-elected unanimously.

The constitution allows for office bearers plus nine members on committee, but no further nominations were received.

Gordon McGibbon was re-elected as auditor to the Society.

Chaiman : No Other Business was called from our members.

Ian Morrice closed the business matters of the A.G.M, thanked everyone for their attendance, and trusted the refreshments would be much enjoyed, to be followed by a presentation from Ms Terrill Dobson.











After the AGM light refreshments were served,  followed by an onscreen visual Gardening Quiz.