|14th March 1990||I3, Downing College|
Craig Patrick Doyle
This year we have heard seven speakers on a variety of topics. In the Michaelmas term, we kicked off with a colourful slide show by York Herald on the Order of the Bath. Our star speaker for the next talk was none other than His Royal Highness The Prince Tomislav of Jugoslavia, who explained to us the origins of the Royal Families of Jugoslavia. We next encountered "The Flag Man", Cdr. Bruce Nicholls, who introduced us to a more liberal way of treating Heraldry, before rounding off the term with mulled wine and a talk by Portcullis Pursuivant on the medium of watercolour in heraldry. The Lent term contained talks by Derek Palgrave on single surname genealogy, and Dr. Peter Spufford on Private Heralds in the Middle Ages. The Society also arranged visits to the College of Arms and Guild Church of St. Bene't, and to the Society of Genealogists in London. The Mountbatten Commemorative Lecture was given by Beaumont Herald Extraordinary.
The 40th Annual Dinner was held in the Small Hall, Clare College. The Dinner was attended by many distinguished guests, including four members of the College of Arms, and our Patron, Archbishop Bruno Heim. The meal was a sumptuous affair, and finished with speeches by the Guest of Honour, Garter Principal King of Arms, and the President. The Patron gave the Apostolic Blessing before members departed with their guests at around midnight.
During his visit, the Patron made another very generous donation to the Society. The Society also gratefully received from one of its members, Barclay Lawrence, the gift of several books, and its first ever video tapes.
Finally, on behalf of the Society, I would like to thank the President, for his excellent organisation and attention to detail, and also for his ability to catch so many "big fish" for this year's events. As ever, the Society would like to thank our Senior Treasurer for his unfailing support in this, his twentieth year in the post, and thanks are also due to the Junior Treasurer for keeping the finances in good shape, and to Anthony Tomlinson for arranging the dining.
|14th March 1990|
|Junior Treasurer's Report 14-3-90|
As the accounts and necessary documentation were passed to me at the start of the Michaelmas term, I am only able to report on the financial matters of the Michaelmas and Lent terms.
The Society is not in the best of health financially – only £4-61 was carried over from the Easter Term, and the present amount of £146-50 in credit is a reflection of generous donation rather than financial efficiency.
The main problem, as identified by previous Junior Treasurers in their annual reports, is that the running costs of the Society – Speaker + port expenses, and money spent on stationery and photocopying – are not covered by the membership fees. £136 came to the Society from new members this year, but this is a trifling amount compared with £290-32 spent on the basic functioning of the Society.
We must therefore be very grateful to Archbishop Heim, Cecil Humphery-Smith, York Herald and Mr. J. Waters for their kind and generous donations – but at the same time we must strive to recruit more new members to ensure the continuing health of the Society.
|St. John's College||Patrick Little|
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