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2020 Annual General Meeting

The 2020 AGM was due to be held in July, but had to be postponed because of the pandemic. We had hoped to re-arrange it in October, that date too has had to be abandoned.  We  have therefore decided to set a notional date for the AGM of 31 December 2020 and to conduct our business via the newsletter and this website.

The Winter 2020 newsletter that has just gone out gives formal notice of the AGM (which we are required to do two weeks in advance) and also sets out the agenda and publishes the papers, which are also reproduced below. Anybody wishing to comment on any of the items or to ask questions is requested to email the chairman. Unless asked not to do so, we shall publish comments and questions on this website so all members can see them.



Item 1: Adoption of minutes of last meeting.

These are here: 50th AGM: 16 July 2019

David Marshall has proposed their adoption and Sandra Kamen has seconded. Unless we receive amendments by the end of 31 December 2020, we shall take them as adopted. Amendments to be sent to the Chairman.


Item 2: Matters arising from the minutes.

The Committee members do not wish to raise any matters from the minutes. If members wish to raise anything arising from the minutes, please could they email the chairman by 23 December and we will post them on the Ladbroke Association website before the meeting so that others can also comment..


Item 3: Chairman’s report



This has been a difficult year for us all. Since February, we have not been able to hold live committee meetings and have conducted most business by email. The Council officers with whom we deal have been working from home, and it has been pretty easy to contact them by phone or email – indeed probably easier than before the pandemic, as they are spending less time in meetings. But it has not always been possible for them to make site visits. Planning committees have continued to meet, but by video-link, with any member of the public being able to join the link (although only those who have registered can speak).  It is however far from perfect: only the person speaking is shown on screen and it is difficult to get clues from body-language. But it has meant that the planning system has continued to operate, albeit rather slowly at times.


Architects seem to have continued working throughout, and after an initial dip at the beginning of the February lockdown there has been a steady stream of planning applications coming in. Each week, the applications are circulated to all committee members. One of the three architects on our committee has an in-depth look at them and advises on whether we should support, object or make no comment. So we have not been inactive.


This last year we have also circulated a number of email alerts to members about various Council initiatives on a variety of subjects from how the Council should spend the Community Infrastructure Levy to cycleways. We are always grateful for the comments that we get from members and pass them on to the Council where we think that would be useful. We were also heavily involved in the “Save Our Streets” group of local associations fighting the proposal for a segregated cycleway along Holland Park Avenue and Notting Hill Gate, in abeyance for the moment.


Our website has been looking increasingly old-fashioned and is also difficult to read on mobile phones and tablets. We have therefore been giving it a makeover. We will be switching to the new one in the new year and hope members like it. A surprising number of people from North America and Australia visit our website as they find the information we have on our Streets pages useful in researching their ancestors. As can be seen from the accounts, there was a kind donation last year from an enthusiast for his family tree who found our website very informative.



Item 4: Treasurer’s Report and adoption of accounts.


Income and Expenditure Account

Year Ending 31st March 2020













Interest from deposit account



Gift Aid1



Party/Garden Walk2












Printing, postage, stationery







 (hire of church hall and refreshments)



Party/Garden Walk2












Return subscription









Surplus for year



From previous year









Barclays Current account



Barclays Premium account







1 We endeavour to collect gift aid annually but current income from this source has not fallen within the financial year under review.  We should see some income in next year’s accounts.


2 This financial year we had no garden walk but did have a party, generating income of £1,450 and making a profit.


3  Donation from a person who found our website useful.


4 We have subscriptions to the following:

The London Forum (a discussion group for all London amenity associations) 

The Kensington Society

The Arboricultural Association

London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust 

The difference in expenditure on subscriptions from year to year depends on how they are paid and how they are accounted for within the financial year.


5  There will be a final payment for the new website in the next financial year.




Treasurer’s report


We are glad to have produced a surplus for the year, resulting in a healthy bank balance. Subscription income has reduced this year as membership has fallen from 375 to 350 members. An unusual number of members who pay by standing order ceased to do so without notice and we suspect that this may be due to a problem with either our or their bank. We are therefore contacting them to check that they really meant to end their subscriptions. We did however gain 11 new members in the financial year.


On the expenditure side, our costs were reduced this year as we were able to send notices about the AGM and the winter party with newsletters. We also cut expenditure on secretarial services as our committee member Kay Broadbent is kindly assisting the Treasurer with gift aid applications and maintaining comprehensive membership lists.


We are actively looking at expenditure that can be usefully employed within the rules of our constitution.  To this end, we are currently making a donation of £2,500 to repair St. Peter’s Church clock.  This will be reflected in next year’s accounts.


I believe it is important for us to keep up a healthy balance.  For instance, we may need costly professional advice if any particularly troublesome planning application is submitted that generates controversy and requires greater knowledge of the regulations than our committee can muster.


I do not intend to recommend increasing the subscription rates as I think that current expenditure for the next few years can be accommodated within the projected income and reserves.


The expenditure for this year has been approved by the committee and trustees but if members have any queries, please would they visit the Ladbroke Association website.


Paul Bastick, Treasurer





Item 5: Election of officers

The Chairman was elected last year for a three-year term. But the Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary must be re-elected every year. Paul Bastick has offered to continue as Treasurer and Anne Chorley as Secretary. Both these appointments have been proposed by Graham Child and seconded by Jeff Durrell. Unless we hear to the contrary by the end of 31 December they will be deemed to have been elected.


Item 6: Election of Committee.


We currently have the following committee members:

Kay Broadbent 

Tom Croft

Catherine Faulks
Sandra Kamen 
David Marshall 
Peter Mishcon 
Malcolm Pawley 
Peggy Post

Anthony Temple QC


The terms of Tom Croft and Catherine Faulks have expired and both have been proposed for election by Graham Child and seconded by Jeff Durrell. In addition, we have a new committee member whom we have temporarily co-opted on to the committee, Nick Simmons, who lives in Boyne Terrace Mews and runs a local graphic design business. His election is now proposed by Graham Child and seconded by Jeff Durrell. Unless we hear to the contrary by the end of 31 December, all these will be deemed to have been elected.

If there are further nominations, please could these be sent to the Hon Secretary at 19 Stanley Gardens W11 2NG, or to Secretary at least a week before the day of the meeting, proposed and seconded. We will then post them on our website so all can see them and invite votes to be sent to the Chairman by the eve of the meeting. 


Item 7: Any other business


Please could members email the chairman at least two days before the meeting if there is any other business they wish to raise. She will then put the item on the website and invite comments. A reply will then be sent after the meeting. The same applies to any questions or comments on the treasurer’s or chairman’s reports.






We do not have on our files the minutes of many of our earlier AGMs. If any members have kept them, we should be most grateful for copies. Please contact








None at this time apart from the 2020 AGM (see above).



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Views from St Peter's Church taken from the spire in 2019







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Winter 2020 Newsletter

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We are missing copies of many of our early newsletters. If anybody has any of the ones missing from the list below, we would very much like to borrow them so that we may make copies for our files. Contact



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