195th ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2014-2015
The Council presents its report and financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2015. 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 which is due on 1 October each year. The Annual General Meeting held in December 2014 agreed to raise the subscription from £18 to £25 p.a. with effect from 1 October 2015. 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 3rd December 2014 elected
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 16th January 2015, Professor Hill was elected as President, Dr Lydon as Secretary, Mr Evans as Treasurer, and Professor North as Vice-President. At the end of 2013-14 Mr Evans had stated that he wished to stand down as Treasurer, but offered to continue in the short term until a new Treasurer could be found, In the event, Mr Evans continued for the full year, to 30 September 2015.
Council met on six occasions during 2014-2015. Parts of its business were delegated to the following committees: Grants, Events, and Museums, chaired respectively by Dr Hatton, Professor Bushby, and Professor Hill. The 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.
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
supporting other activities in
· providing grants for purposes of research, publication, or artistic performance
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.
The Society’s archives
The Society’s archives are held in the Special
Collections section of the Brotherton Library,
During the 2014-15 session, the Society continued its recent successes in fulfilling its aims as listed above, including a programme of artistic and scientific events for members and non-members as detailed below. During the year the Society lost 12 members through resignation or death and welcomed 14 new members, so that at the end of September 2015 the total number stood at 183.
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:
· The Priestley Lecture: Ben Russell, James Watt
General Meeting and Dinner, with after-dinner speaker, Daru Rooke,
· Dr Terry Kee What is Life and How Did it Begin?
· Dr Tom Smith Firework Displays
Science Fair in
Evening With Timothy Noad, heraldic artist, illuminator, calligrapher and
designer of coins and medals for the
Fowler and his Steam Plough Works, held at
· Professor Jessica Malay Anne Clifford’s Great Books
Regrettably, the popular Annual Pre-Bonfire
Night Spectacular, normally held in the Brodrick
arena in the
The President and other members of the Council were pleased to accept invitations to events associated with previous grant-awards. We would also like to thank those who offered members a special rate for the purchase of books resulting from research for which the Society had provided grant aid.
During the year the following grants were awarded by the Society:
· James Lomax on behalf of the Leeds Art Fund, £250 towards the digitisation of the entire 118 issues of the Leeds Arts Calendar (1947-1997).
Margaret Turnham, £250 to support the publication of Catholic Faith and Practice in
Nichol on behalf of
· Nima Poovaya-Smith on behalf of Alchemy and the Leeds Library, £750 to support an artistic programme, entitled A Hidden Diamond? The Leeds Library - Metaphor and Reality, based on various diamond chronicles in the Library.
Fisher on behalf of the
Bryan White, £750 to support a performance of Philip Hayes's oratorio The Judgement of Hermes, by the Clothworkers Consort of
· Haydn Farrar, £500 to support the writing and production of Drink and the Chimp by Leeds Pageant for the Big Bookend Festival 2015.
· Hazel Costello, £250 towards the costs of staging the Family Science Fair at the 2015 Otley Science Festival.
· John Mee on behalf of Alive and Kicking Theatre Company, £1000 towards the creation of Crowheart, a new interactive drama and literacy experience for years 4, 5, 6 children.
Wainwright, £750 to support
· Professor Richard Rastall, £750 towards the cost of recording Martin Peerson's Grave Chamber Musique (1630).
· Linzi Tate, on behalf of Leeds City Council, £750 to support research into the history of the Carriageworks Theatre building.
As before, we have continued to enjoy a good
relationship with the staff of the Museums, to whom we are most grateful for
their collaboration. It has been helpful that Mr
The Museums Committee, comprising representatives from the Council and the Leeds Museums Service, has met twice in the course of the year and provides a valuable meeting place to discuss collaboration in the planning of events and the best use of grants for supporting the museum.