The Scottish Piping Society of London held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 7th December 2019 at The Mudlark, London Bridge.
Reflecting on the previous year, highlights included the successful running of the Annual Competition in 2019 at a new venue, which has had excellent feedback from both the Caledonian Club and competitors. Additionally, ‘Strictly’ continues to be a popular event and the SPSL continue to support piping at Colchester, Harpenden and Chatsworth, with local relationships continuing to be an on-going priority.
Concern was raised with regards to member and broader piping community communications, lack of regular events throughout the year, in addition to the membership competition not taking place in 2019. The Committee confirmed its intention to run the members competition in 2020 with early planning and advance communication to members to increase participation at this event. The Committee agreed that members, membership and leveraging other local events would be a priority for 2020, in addition to prioritising recitals and piping nights for members of the Society.
Further discussion on the Annual Competition highlighted potential areas of improvement, including prize giving for the Bratach on the Friday night following the competition, as well as potential better use of rooms available. In light of the positive feedback received, the venue is provisionally booked for 2020 to be held November 6th and 7th.
Election of officers followed with President Andrew Hall taking the decision not to stand for re-election due to permanent relocation to Scotland. All attendees thanked Andrew for his stewardship and were delighted that he would continue on in the capacity of Vice President, allowing the Committee to remain very much intact from the previous year with a few new valued additions. The election result was as follows: