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eAlert - BGAJ Charitable Trust Annual Meeting

Johann Tasker
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Johann Tasker

This eAlert will remain available to read in the eAlerts Archive section accessed via the Member Communications tab on the Guild website.

BGAJ Charitable Trust annual meeting

The 24th Annual General Meeting of the BGAJ Charitable Trust will be held in the Forty Room at The Farmers Club, Whitehall Court, London on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12 noon. Guild members are more than welcome to attend the meeting, which follows the Trustees’ meeting earlier that day.

The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ Charitable Trust is a major asset for members and one of the Guild’s hidden gems carrying out its invaluable work quietly in the background.

BGAJ Charitable TrustIt was founded by a small band of professional journalists 24 years ago who saw a need for an independent charity to help BGAJ members, former members and their dependents who may have fallen upon hard times or poor health. Your Trust has spent its limited funds wisely over its lifetime to benefit many. Indeed, in the past couple of years it has provided:

  • Respite care
  • Motorised reclining chair
  • Essential household and utility bills
  • An electric buggy
  • Car disability adaptation
  • Top-up nursing home fees
  • Hospital transport costs
  • Physiotherapy sessions

And, just as vital, the number of communications and conversations it has had keeping in touch with retired colleagues and providing help and reassurance to troubled members and their families.

You never know what the future holds and just in case you or your family fall on hard times, or you hear of a fellow BGAJ member who has, please do contact your Trust.  Any approach will be treated in the strictest confidence.

For more details about the Charitable Trust, or to offer assistance please contact the BGAJ Secretary or the Trust’s Chairman Stephen Howe by email or on 01342 893018 or 07802 548552. Rest assured all requests for help are held in strict confidence.

BGAJ Charitable Trust - 200 Club

The Charitable Trust raises money through three key revenue streams: donations and legacies; an annual raffle (held at the Harvest Luncheon); 200 Club.

The 200 Club raises money through the sale of ‘shares’. Each share costs £10 and every member of the Guild can purchase up to ten shares. There is a draw twice a year (once at the AGM in the Spring and at the Harvest Luncheon) with a 1st prize of £250, 2nd prize of £100 and two further prizes of £50 each.

Thus, in each year 200 Club members are sharing £900 in prize money. The remaining money goes towards funding the work of the Charitable Trust.

A list of past winners can be seen here.

The 200 Club is currently raising £1,530 per year, of which £630 is being retained for the Charitable Trust to help fund its work, with around 50 shares still available.

The purpose of this appeal is to ask all members to consider becoming a member of the 200 Club or increasing existing support for the 200 Club. My immediate goal is that we should, as a minimum, have 200 shares issued. Once that is achieved I can set my target at 200 members!

By responding now, you can be sure that your shares will be included in the draw at the annual meeting and the Harvest Luncheon in October. More importantly, your money will be going towards offering the life-sustaining support our Trustees are continually being asked to consider.

You can apply for 200 Club shares by completing the application form and Standing Order authority, which can be downloaded by clicking here. Please return this document to:- Diane Montague, BGAJ Charitable Trust Treasurer, Chatham House, 115 Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 3AH.

Thank you for your support,

Clive Rainbird
Guild Council member and 200 Club Administrator

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