In the last Action Plan Update the Committee re-iterated the reasons why the Association needed to be wound up in a structured and methodical manner and this continues to be the focus of attention. This update of the Action Plan is to remind Members of what has previously been agreed and already put into operation.
RAFBEA Memorial Maintenance
The appointment of the Association Trustee, who will look after the Association's interests after closure, has now been confirmed, but details of who this is will not be released until nearer the date. In the meantime Dudley Stringer, the Merchandising and Arboretum Liaison Officer, will continue to be the point of contact.
The Association was closed to new Members from 1st July 2019, and as previously advised the information on "Membership" contained on the "Noticeboard Page" of the Website has been amended to reflect this and the link to the Application Form has been removed.
As previously advised, Members are longer be required to pay the Annual Subscription of £10.00 with effect from 31st December 2019. It is therefore extremely important that Members cancel their Standing Orders as soon as possible to prevent any further payments. Anyone who has paid beyond 2019 can request a refund from the Treasurer, but any Subscriptions received for 2020, as a result of Standing Orders not being cancelled, will not be refunded. Once again, the information about the "Annual Subscriptions and Payment Methods" contained on the "Noticeboard Page" of the Website has be amended to reflect this change. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ONLY YOU CAN CANCEL A STANDING ORDER, THE ASSOCIATION CANNOT DO THIS FOR YOU.
Challenge To Closure
The expected challenge to the closure of the Association, which Roger Fendley (Association Life Vice President) had previously advised was his intention, has not materialised, nor was there any alternative Motion proposed at the recent AGM. The Committee is grateful that common sense has prevailed and that the planned Dissolution of the Association can now go ahead without further distractions
As previously advised discussions are continuing regarding an appropriate way to mark the dissolution of the RAFBEA and also on how to deal with other important administrative matters associated with its closure. Further details will be published both on the Website and in the Newsletter as and when they become available.