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January 2022 Newsletter

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Charity conversion Briefing for Gift Aid – 7 January 2022

Hopefully, most you will recall that at the 2019 AGM, we, as a Branch of the WBKA, authorised our Branch Committee to pursue an initiative to enable members to claim Gift Aid on their subscriptions. This was progressed by the WBKA which concluded that the best way to achieve this objective was for the County organisation to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Becoming a CIO involves a formal application to the Charity Commissioners with a great deal of detailed and legal information which has now been completed by a sub committee – and approved by the WBKA Council. This in turn now needs the majority support of the membership, and therefore it is planned to hold a County-wide vote on this proposal at a Special General Meeting in March this year. However, in order to ensure that members understand this proposal and its implications for us as beekeeping members, each Branch is holding a briefing session at which there will be ample opportunity to ask questions.

Members are therefore invited to attend our West Wilts Branch briefing on Friday 7 January at 7.00pm in the Jubilee Hall, Melborne Street, Bratton BA13 4RN. In view of the Omicron situation, it is also planned to run it as a hybrid meeting to ensure that the maximum number of members can attend. To this end, the Secretary, Nina Wilton, will be emailing the Zoom details to all members on 3 January.

Whatever your decision, it would be greatly appreciated if you could let Nina know on secretary-wwbka@outlook.com as to whether you plan to attend in person or by Zoom.

As we have the County Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Sub Committee Chair attending to deliver the briefing and answer any questions you might have, your Committee hopes as many of you as possible will consider attending in person.