191st ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2010-2011
The Council presents its report and financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2011. The financial statements comply with current statutory requirements and with the requirements of the Society's memorandum and articles.
The Society is a company limited by guarantee governed by its memorandum and articles of association. Membership is open to anyone on payment of an annual subscription of £18 which is due on 1 October each year. Only those members who have paid or have been elected to Honorary Membership are entitled to vote at the AGM. In the event of the Society being wound up, every person who is a member, or who has been a member within one year, is liable to contribute to the debts and liabilities of the Society a sum not exceeding £10.
STRUCTURE, GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT
The members of the Council are considered to be both directors for Companies Act purposes and trustees for Charities Act purposes. One third of the members of Council retire by rotation at each Annual General Meeting (normally held in December), when appointments or reappointments are made. The Council has powers to co-opt to its membership. Membership of the Council takes into account the need to have members with expertise to cover the variety of activities of the Society.
All members of the Society are notified prior to the AGM of the names of the Council members who are due to retire and are invited to submit nominations. The AGM held on 8 December 2010 approved the re-election of Dr M Dagg, Dr C J Hatton, Mr P N Hirschmann, Dr R Jakeways and Professor M R D Seaward and the election of Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Nash as a trustee and member of Council. The Council co-opted Ms C Paynton as a trustee and member of Council at its meeting on 13 January 2011.
The Officers of the Society are elected by and from the members of Council at the first meeting of Council following the Annual General Meeting; at the Council meeting on 13 January 2011, Professor North was re-elected as President, Dr Lydon as Secretary, Professor Taylor as Treasurer and Dr Hatton as Vice-President.
Council met on six occasions during 2010-2011. Parts of its business were delegated to the following committees: Grants, Events, Publications and Museums, chaired respectively by Dr Hatton, Mrs Wainwright, Mr Hirschmann and Professor North. These committees are required to act in accordance with the Society’s Aims and Policies, and their recommendations are put to the Council for its approval.
Mr Norman Madill has continued as Assistant Secretary, managing the Society’s links with its members, the sale of its publications (in association with Jeremy Mills Publishing Ltd), and other necessary administrative matters.
THE SOCIETY'S AIMS AND ACTIVITIES
Society aims to promote the advancement of science, literature and the arts in
the city of
· providing a programme of free public lectures relevant to the Society’s aims
· supporting the work of the City of Leeds Museums & Galleries
other activities in
· providing grants for purposes of research, publication, or artistic performance
· awarding prizes
In making grants to promote the advancement of the Society’s aims, the Council places particular emphasis on (but does not limit its grants to) the support of activities which directly benefit the citizens of Leeds or assist those engaged in academic and scholarly activities relating to Leeds and its immediate area. It does not normally give grants in general support of students on taught courses. The value of grants is normally in the range £100 to £2,000, although this limit may be exceeded in special circumstances. The Council is keen to support new endeavours by the award of ‘pump-priming’ grants.
During the 2010-2011 session, the Society continued its recent successes in fulfilling its aims as listed above, including a growing number of artistic and scientific events for members and non-members as detailed below. During the year the Society lost 11 members through resignation or death and welcomed 20 new members, so that at the end of September 2011 the total number stood at 182.
The regular monthly events covered a wide range of topics as usual and were always well supported both by Society members, guests and members of the public. The following events took place:
· Complex Fluids – the key to non-equilibrium physics? (Dr Mike Evans)
Geology, Analogy and
· Annual Pre-bonfire night event (Mike Hoyland and Matt Smithson)
Civic Politics of
· AGM dinner and speaker (Martin Wainwright)
· Boomerangs (Dr Bob Reid)
· The Calendar (Dr Martin Kapel)
Phyllis Bentley –
· Annual Science Fair
· Biological approaches to providing alternative energy: prospects and problems (Professor Teresa Thiel)
· Stop Worrying – Radiation is Good for You (Dr Bob Bury)
· A Clarinet on the Hoof (An Evening with Michael Meadowcroft)
· Summer Visit to Renishaw Hall
· The Role of Lichens in Shaping our World (Professor Mark Seaward)
During the year the following grants and prizes were awarded by the Society:
Arthur Chadwick Prize (
· Modern Language and Cultures Prize: John Carvel
The Society has agreed to the joint publication with the Thoresby Society of the second edition of Walks Round Redbrick by the late Maurice Beresford, revised by Christopher Hammond, to be published in 2012.
The Society gave a grant towards the publication
of Building a
As before, we have continued to enjoy a good relationship
with Mr John Roles, the Head of Museums and Galleries, who has attended a
number of Council meetings, and with the staff of the Museums, to whom we are
most grateful for their collaboration. In particular, we benefited from the
co-option to Council of Ms Ceinwen Paynton, the Principal Keeper of
The Museums Committee, with representatives from the Council and the Leeds Museums Service, has provided a valuable meeting place to discuss collaboration in the planning of events and the best use of grants for supporting the museum.