Over the last several months the Executive Committee has been considering the current subscription rate of £8 per annum (single) and £12 per annum (joint). It has become clear that as the Society has become more active our basic running costs have increased to a point where we need to increase our subscription rates if we are to remain financially sound. 

At the monthly executive committee meetings our treasurer provides a report of income and expenditure during the month and reports this against the budget for the year. By doing this we are able to maintain a close eye on our finances. As a result of this the Executive Committee, at a meeting on 2nd February 2017, decided to increase the subscription from 1st April 2017 to £12 (single) and £18 (joint).

The Ramsgate Society Constitution provides that:  "The annual subscription amount shall be determined annually by the Executive Committee. Any proposed changes are to be approved by the membership (to whom due prior notice of the change has been given) in a General Meeting. Renewal subscriptions become due from 1 April.”

I am therefore writing to give members notice that the Executive Committee will be asking members to ratify their decision of 2nd February at the AGM on Wed. 17th May 2017. The date of the AGM is notified on the 2016-2017 Programme which was issued to all members at the beginning of the year.

Subscription renewals at the new rate commencing on 1st April can be paid at the new rate from 1st April 2017 or if members prefer be made after the AGM on 17th May.  For those paying by Standing Order it will be necessary to amend instructions to your bank/building society this month (March) to take effect from 1st April or if you so wish you can do this after the AGM on 17th May.

The Ramsgate Society is very proactively engaged in promoting its charitable objectives for the town. We are very involved in the proposed Clock House Heritage Regeneration Project, the promotion of Heritage Open Days in Thanet, The Ramsgate Neighbourhood Plan, the Ramsgate Coastal Communities Team and with Historic England, in The Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone Programme. In all this we work closely with Ramsgate Town Council and where appropriate Thanet District Council and other local groups. We organise litter clean ups and maintain the sea front promenade shelters which we renovated in 2014 at a cost of £540,000. We also publish Summer and Winter editions of the society magazine Ramsgate Matters and organise members meetings with speakers on the 3rd Wednesday each month from September to May in St. George’s Church Hall in Broad Street.  

Whilst the new subscription rate of to £12 per annum (single) remains a modest amount, it will enable the society and its members to continue to play an important role in shaping the future of the town.

With all best wishes

John Walker

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