of the 36th
Annual General Piss-Up held on 24th
March 2018 at The Colson Arms, St Michael's Hill, Bristol.
Massive, the current Grand Master, opened the formal meeting by welcoming those present.
- Apologies for absence had been received from Lunchi (on ferry to Le Havre), Sir Spiderman (emergency plumbing in his and Lynne's new house) and Sir Fat Controller (holiday).
- Minutes of the last meeting. The minutes of the last meeting, held on 1st April 2017, were approved.
- Matters Arising from the minutes. There were none.
- Outgoing officers' reports.
- Grand Master. Massive said that, once again, it didn't seem like a year since the last AGPU. It was pointed out by some smart-arse that it wasn't a year, it was only fifty-one weeks.
- Hash Cash. Sleepy distributed a statement of finances to the end of 2017, (see below). Headline news was that, at the end of the day, we were £19.00 in surplus, which was more than you could say for British Home Stores, Maplin, Tesla or Hinkley C. Following a brief scuffle, the financial statement was accepted by a narrow majority.
Puki enquired about the current state of the Bristol and Allied Hashes Pension Scheme (BAHPS). Sleepy reported that, following further "careful management", it was proposed to maintain the qualifying pension age at 97 for the financial period 2018/19. Following a brief scuffle the proposal was accepted by a narrow majority.
- Stats. Wolfie reported that there had been a decrease on last year in the average number of hashers per week, from 24 to 22, but that, after "drilling down" into the data, he was confident that the figure represented quality rather than mere quantity. Wolfie added that the highest number of runners was on run 1780, 2nd April, from The Lamplighters in Shirehampton (which modesty did not prevent him from saying that he set himself) and which also was marked by a visit from Google's Streetview. The fewest number of runners was from The Swan in Tockington on 1st May.
Wolfie reminded the meeting that extensive reports could be found on the website.
- Beer Meisters: Rebore expressed surprise that he had been a Beer Master.
- Religious Advisors: No Shirt said that he and Lunchi had dispensed religious advice (generally thought to be the minimum requirement of Religious Advisors).
- Social Committee: Lunchi was not present to report, Rebore and HBK said that the record spoke for itself.
- Best Pub.
The Golden Lion, Wrinton. The Minutes Secretary neglected to record the reason.
- Best location/trail.
The Fleece, Hillesley. Ditto above.
- SPECIAL FEATURE: Joint presentation by Lunchi and Clem "The Mee-Mee in modern Hashing - the future". This item was postponed until a future date due to the absence of Lunchi and some technical problems with the Powerpoint™ audio-visual presentation.
- Resignation of Officers.
In accordance with Hash AGPU rules, the officers present resigned en masse.
Down-downs were downed-downed by the outgoing officials.
- Election of Officers. The following
officers were elected:
- Grand Master: Massive.
- Joint Masters: Shiggy Valentine and Duracell.
- Hash Cash: Sleepy.
- On-Sec: Sir Wolfie.
- Hare Raiser: Sir Fat Controller.
- Religious Advisers: No Shirt and Le Caniveau.
- Beer Meister: Walky Talky.
- Stats: Sir Wolfie.
- Webshite: Sir Wolfie.
- Hash Horn: Waynetta.
- Hash Haberdasher: Fruitcake.
- Awards Co-ordinators: Fruitcake.
- Mee Mee: Clem.
- Hasher Basher: Soprano.
- Social Committee: LunchI, Grouse Sheila, HBK, 3/4d and Rebore.
- Hash Flash: Three and Fourpence and Gazza.
- Hash Snitches: Shiggy Valentine, Waynetta and Sir Spiderman.
Down-downs were downed-downed by the incoming officials.
- Renewal of Public Liability Insurance. Despite objections from a minority, it was voted to renew PL Insurance for the year to 31 March 2019.
- Proposals for Bristol Hash Charity 2018-19. A number of charities were proposed, but the majority decided to support Bristol AfterStroke, an independent local charity helping people rebuild their lives after a stroke. A vote of thanks to Soprano for her untiring cash-raising efforts for the Hash charities, particularly with the annual auction, was proposed and carried unanimously.
- Any Other Business.
- Wolfie reported that several members had attended the funeral, in February, of our previous Grand Master, Richard Trolleydog Moorfield. Richard was a popular hasher in the 1990s and was GM 1998-99. He leaves his wife, Chistine, whom he met through hashing, and two children. Wolfie also reported the death of Malcolm Sergeant, one of the original members of the Bristol Greyhound Hash who had also run with BH3 several times,
- Wolfie reported that Lunchi had in absentia expressed a concern that awards had "gone a little ad-hoc in recent years". In the past there had been set items for specific numbers of runs. Currently the policy is to let the "awardee" choose. As Lunchi was not present it was decided to postpone further discussion until next year.
- Wolfie reported that Lunchi, still in absentia, had stated that progress on the Grand Bru Beer Scandel (1991) legal case was, as ever, slow. He (Lunchi) was concerned that, with every passing decade, the chances of those involved living to see a satisfactory resolution decreased.
- Waynetta asked if she could be first in the queue for the food as she had to go to another party afterwards. The proposal was not seconded and generally treated with the contempt it obviously deserved.
- Date of Next Meeting: No date was set.
Accounts for the year to 31 December 2017 were submitted as follows: