One of the more important and serious nights on the OVFM calendar, the 2019 AGM is the one night of the year where club members get to air their concerns, ask questions and share their ideas for future programmes, so please don’t let this opportunity pass you by if you have something to say.

Also at the AGM, we elect our Committee. Every year they work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure there are the club keep running, projects are conceived, outings and events are organised and all of the perks and treats you get to enjoy on a regular basis are taken care of.

Every seat on the Committee is temporarily vacated – including the position of Chairman – so anyone can who has been nominated or has decided to stand can find themselves as the newest member. While we appreciate everything they do for us, like anything an injection of fresh blood can make all the difference, which is why this opportunity is there for the taking.

Incumbent chair Jane Oliver is now notched up two years as the captain of HMS OVFM and has been at the forefront in encouraging club members to be be more productive. Meanwhile Vice-Chairman Sam Brown has announced his intention to step down after seven years on the committee and six years as Vice-Chairman, during which time Sam has not only contributed greatly to the running of the club but has also stepped up as host and MC to many a club meeting and public show. So, thank you sam for all your hard work.

Club President Reg Lancaster is being forced to vacate his seat on the committee as an ordinary member due to ill-health but will remain in his position as proud figurehead for OVFM, so our gratitude goes to Reg for his years of tireless service to the running of the club.

Ian Menage, who took over the mantle of Competitions Officer last year, has also decided to step so while we thank him for his efforts in that role, we find ourselves once again looking for someone to step up and fulfil this important position.

Most importantly we are in need of a new club secretary although it is not an understatement to suggest that Freddy Beard left a huge pair of shoes to fill for whoever decides to accept the role, but it is one that is vital we fill. As much as the current committee have been able to assume some of Freddy’s duties, this puts more pressure on them most of whom already have enough to do in serving the club.

Hopefully those who are interested will have put themselves forward to fill these positions or were nominated by others, via the forms sent out with the Viewfinder or available for download on this site

A reminder of the current committee as it stands is as follows:


Chairman – Jane Oliver

Vice Chairman – Sam Brown (standing down)

Treasurer – David Laker

Ordinary Members:

Reg Lancaster (Club President) (standing down)

Annabelle Lancaster

Ian Menage

Andy Watson

Trevor Rogers


Competitions Officer – Ian Menage (standing down)

Press Officer – Vacant

Secretary – Vacant


And remember it is not just the Committee who determine the future of the club and the projects that help us stay active creatively and socially – this is YOUR club so YOUR ideas and suggestions are equally valid and welcome. The club needs films to survive and we thrive on having great ideas to make those films, so please have a think about concepts and themes for future project evenings or other club events.


To download the agenda in full for the meeting please click HERE

To download the minutes from the 2018 AGM please click HERE


Remember this is about your voice, your views, your club!

Thanks for reading and see you on Tuesday.