Firstly, attended by some 60 members at the General Meeting on Friday 11th May 2012, we welcomed the incoming Chairman, Iain Gray, who gave us a visionary introductory address in which he set out, very clearly, his thoughts on the way the creation and operation of an aviation heritage centre at Filton might be achieved.
Secondly, the meeting then discussed the present voting rights of members at General Meetings and the need to amend these to take account of the changed circumstances involved in managing a much enlarged organisation. The Meeting voted overwhelmingly in favour of the revised membership proposals. Current trustees become executive members with voting rights at general meetings. Other members will continue as ordinary members excluding voting rights. Members with specific interests wishing to have an active role in the BAC are encouraged to apply to become executive members.
Thirdly, at a subsequent meeting, the Bristol Aero Collection (BAC) Directors resolved to appoint the current Directors of the Concorde Trust (TCT) together with Howard Mason (BAE Systems) and Iain Gray as directors of BAC as the first stage in establishing a single organisation to manage the Filton project. This was completed on 31 May 2012 when, under the terms of an agreement between TCT and BAC the whole of the assets and undertakings of TCT were transferred to BAC.
I am pleased to report that the consolidated BAC board is continuing positive discussions with the various parties involved in planning the proposed aviation heritage centre at Filton and developing a forward action programme. It is hoped to give further details in the next few months.
Fourthly, the museum display at Kemble closed to the public on 28th May 2012 after a huge increase in visitor numbers during the final opening days. Work is well under way with two containers ready for loading the first batch of the hangar contents for transport to Filton. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and hard working number of members to undertake this daunting task. It requires quite a large pool of volunteers at both Kemble and Filton and the response has been most encouraging. Any help will still be most welcome.