Ltd (UK)

Chairman's Letter to Members

Dear Members.

As I am sure you are all aware our Society has been in dispute with Kelham Hall for non-payment of their outstanding bill from the International in 2017. In fact after many letters & E-mails and telephone calls the Board of Directors were left with no option but to start court proceedings against Kelham Hall to recoup the outstanding monies owed.

A court date of the 7th January 2019 was arranged when our case would be heard in Sunderland. On the 3rd of January 2019 Kelham Hall contacted the Society asking if we would be willing to settle out of court and after much negotiating back and forth (and taking advice from our legal team) I as Chairman (in consultation with the Secretary and the Treasurer, in accordance with the scheme of delegation) accepted their final offer and the money has been paid into ACWS funds.

The amount we settled for covered the whole of the outstanding bill from the event in 2017 and a contribution towards the costs incurred in starting the court proceedings. I am advised that claims such as ours often settle at the last minute, just before the court hearing, which is what happened here. I am told we did a really good deal in spite of Kelham’s delaying tactics.

I have to take this opportunity to say that without the hard work of your Secretary Linda and our legal team Jennifer and Philip who held our hands and kept us on a positive track, we would Not be in the happy position we are today. So many many thanks to them and everybody else who has been involved. We can now put this behind us and move on into 2019.

Yours as always,
Michael Smart
7th January 2019