At the last AGM we tentatively set the date of the next one for Saturday 11 July. With the current COVID pandemic and HMG restrictions in place the Board have been considering the best approach to take to make sure the AGM proceeds.
We therefore want to seek your views.
Please note that regardless of approach to the AGM we will still send out / communicate accounts to you and budget / plan for year ahead.
The options for the AGM are therefore:
1) To continue with July, as originally proposed. However this would have to be held online via zoom due to current restrictions.
Attendees would need to register their interest prior to the event. The Zoom link would then be sent out a few days before.
This is allowed under the current HMG guidance provided by companies house.
2) Postpone the AGM to October when it may be possible to hold with social distancing at a venue in the city. We recognise that an online remote AGM for many is not ideal and people may prefer attendance in person.
Please note October would be conditional on HMG guidance at the time and subject to being able to implement suitable safe distancing etc.
So we would like the views of owners and Members of the Company to both options before we proceed with arrangements.
As mentioned at the beginning, this the start of a dialogue with you all. Comments and suggestions are welcome. You can comment in public via Facebook or the forum, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org in confidence.
We look forward to hearing from you and in the meantime please stay safe.
Join your neighbours for nationwide stay at home party.
11 AM – UK Wide 2 Minute Silence – Air raid warning will sound for 75 seconds before 11 am so residents who wish to can come out on to balconies / to windows to observe the 2 minutes silence together.
3 PM – The Party Starts – an air raid siren will sound – Winston Churchill’s speech will be played on BBC. Then grab your picnic/drinks and go to balcony. A UK Wide Toast to Veterans directly after speech. We will join in to “Bless em All” by Dame Vera Lynn. (“Bless em all” is available on Amazon Music/iTunes – for residents who wish to please play the song)
This will be followed by a Simon playing “In the Mood” – please feel free to join in. Simon and Ed will then play a further song.
Residents are then encouraged to play their own music and enjoy a party. We ask residents who can, join in by playing the following songs from the war era at the following times:
4:15 PM – Land of Hope and Glory – Dame Vera Lynn 4:45 PM – White Cliffs of Dover – Dame Vera Lynn 5:30 PM – There’ll Always be an England – Dame Vera Lynn 6:15 PM – Flower of Scotland – Red Hot Chilli Pipers 6:45 PM – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Bette Midler
9 PM – HM The Queens Speech – Followed by UK Wide Sing along of “ We’ll Meet Again” .
May 8th marks 75 years since the Nazi surrender and Victory In Europe was declared. The bank holiday was moved this year to the 8th of May to allow us as a nation to celebrate and say thank you to all those who served and all those who lost their lives to make that victory possible.
Sadly due to Covid19 all the previous plans of national celebration of our veterans and remembrance of those who never came home have had to be cancelled. The Government however have encouraged households across the UK to put out flags, bunting and to celebrate safely at home to mark this important day.
As City Quay has shown on the Thursday clap for Carers and NHS workers we are a community. The Board therefore feel we should answer the Governments call and once again as a community show our support, gratitude and thanks to all those who served and all those who endured. So we will be decorating parts of the site this coming week and encourage all residents to show the red white and blue on their balconies and windows.
Or if you have a different national flag please do display with pride. Of course the UK had many allies and we will be trying to recognise all those ally nations and their forces as well in our decorations. It’s an opportunity for us as a community to celebrate safely on our balconies and from our windows.
We will be looking at putting together plans for safe celebrations in the next 48 hours and will communicate them once we have finalised. It’s a great opportunity for us as a community to recognise the sacrifices of that war generation, have a good old “knees up“ together but safely in our homes.
City Quays marking the occasion is also poignant given it’s (Herculaneum Dock) historic link with the war effort. Many of you will see the casemates (big black iron doors at entrance of them) as you walk around the site. The reason these are Grade II listed is because they stored the oil and armaments sent to the UK by the USA during WWII prior to them being transported to the front lines.
In the meantime in preparation do look on-line at the governments celebration pack and pop a bit of decoration for your apartment in your basket at your next shop. https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/get-involved/