At its AGM on Monday 4th April Chairman of the Directors, Richard Carmichael was able to report on a spectacularly successful year for the Floral Hall with a small profit being made for the first time in 103 years! We congratulate Richard and everyone involved and reproduce his full speech below:
Good evening, I would like to thank everyone here for attending this 3rd Annual General Meeting of Hornsea Floral Hall.
This has been both a rewarding and challenging year.
It has been our first full year without a full time venue manager and it is thanks to our hardworking team of volunteers, who have covered the admin and manned the telephone, that we have been able to continue and move forward.
Volunteers have also been responsible for some of the maintenance in the hall and cafe. New insulation, lighting and tiles in the Hall, the cafe floor, and the new kitchen Counter, have all been the work of volunteers. Others have created and maintained the garden and green areas outside of the Hall. The book stall is again the work of volunteers. In addition the cinema group, Comedy Club, Vintage Fairs, Table Top sales, Book clubs are all the work of this amazing group of volunteers.
Our bar manager is a volunteer, giving his time and efforts freely for the good of the Hall, often until the early hours of the morning.
Rosie Bullard, acts as our volunteer co-ordinator and she and her team have been successful in securing a £10,000 grant from Tesco.
It is fair to say that without you all we simply could not continue to improve. I would like to say a personal thank you to each and every one of you. Please know that you are greatly appreciated by all the directors.
I would also like to take time to thank our hardworking paid staff, who continually help the hall to grow and prosper.
I am always reluctant to name individuals, but I feel that Sue Simpson, our Cafe manager, is deserving of a special mention. She has taken the Hall to her heart… from weddings to funerals and everything in between, Sue has led her team to give a professional service and I would thank her for her hard work and dedication.
We continue to drive improvement of the Hall. This year we have created new disabled toilets and plans are being drawn up to refurbish the remaining toilet facilities. As we speak new heaters are being installed in the Hall to further reduce our energy costs. Also we have plans in place to improve the existing overflow car park and work should start within the next few weeks. The cost of the car park is huge, approximately £20,000. We are a victim of our own success as more people use the Hall, the more car park space is needed. You may be aware that we have fallen foul of East Riding of Yorkshire Council Foreshores Department due to the number of cars parked on the Promenade. So it essential that we improve the space we have. We cannot charge for car parking to cover these costs as this was stipulated by the council as part of the original transfer of The Hall.
The year has not been without its challenges. We are a community project and as such come under scrutiny from all. We all need to be mindful at times about our actions, words and deeds. We are both blessed and cursed by the power of social media. As Directors we are always hurt and upset by some of the less well informed criticism. Please air your opinions and give us your thoughts but we would respectfully ask that the facts are known first, as opposed to rumour. All of the Directors are willing to clarify any queries, wherever possible.
Sadly everything comes down to money. However hard we try we need to remember that the Hall is a business and as such its success is measured by the bottom line in the Accounts. Thanks to the efforts of everyone the Hall this year has made a genuine profit of £10,000. This is only the second time in 103 years! I am very proud of the work we do, the people involved and the support we receive. The profit is the icing on the cake.
I would like to thank the Directors for their work, often behind the scenes. Each one of you, I know, has a genuine love of the Hall and the time you give and the work you put in should be recognised, thank you.
It only remains for me once again to say Thank you to all, staff, volunteers, customers and the community.