AGM 2023

AGM 2023

Following the success (and increased attendances) of the AGMs held via Zoom in 2021 and 2022,

the 54th AGM of FHSC will take place using Zoom on Saturday 28th October 2023 at 3.00pm.

The business meeting will be preceded by a talk by Peter Higginbottomon The History of the Workhouse, to which he will give a Cheshire slant.

The talk will begin at 2.00pm with login from 1.45pm.

Members with a valid email address will have received an AGM Newsletter with full registration details

Members who wish to attend the AGM and talk but who do not have internet access, or do not wish to use Zoom, are invited to the Mobberley Research
Centre where David Smetham will host a meeting linked into the AGM Zoom. Members who wish to attend this event should contact David in advance at
or by phone (01625 426173).

Peter Higginbottom, creator of the websites The Workhouse (, Children’s Homes ( and The Prison (, 
first became interested in workhouses while researching his family history. The Workhouse website now has over 2800 web pages, 6000 photos and illustrations and 1800 maps and plans, covering workhouses throughout the British Isles. He has also written many books and articles, as well as contributing to radio and television programmes such as Radio 4’s Making History and Tracing Your Roots and BBC TV’s Heir Hunters and Who Do You Think You Are?

Please note we are unable to record Peter's talk 

To ensure that the meeting runs smoothly:

The Secretary’s Report, the annual accounts and the Treasurer’s Report will be available on the website two weeks prior to the meeting.

These reports will be published a future issue of CHESHIRE ANCESTOR. The agenda, and the minutes of the 2022 AGM will also be available on the website.

It would be helpful if members who have questions about the reports or the CHESHIRE ANCESTOR 10 Sept 2023 accounts submit them to the secretary at  prior to the meeting so that they can be passed to the relevant officers for a response. 


The formal business of the Annual General Meeting will be preceded by a talk.
1.45pm: Login for the AGM opens.
2.00pm: Talk by Peter Higginbottam – The History of the Workhouse.
2.55pm: Login for members only intending to attend the formal meeting opens.
3.00pm: Annual General Meeting begins.

Agenda for the 54th FHSC AGM commencing at 3.00pm
1. Apologies for absence
2. Approval of the Minutes of the 2022 AGM
3. Chairman’s Remarks
4. Hon. Treasurer’s Report and Accounts
5. Hon. Secretary’s Annual Report
6. Elections

The Treasurer’s five-year term of office has been completed. Nominations for the role are sought and should be lodged with the Secretary at  before the meeting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

7. Appointment of Independent Examiner
8. Proposals

Under its Constitution the Family History of Cheshire invites proposals from its members.The Constitution states that the membership present at the AGM has the opportunity:                                                       “To decide by simple majority upon any resolution which may be duly submitted to the meeting for consideration. No resolution, other than those relating to the
adoption of reports and accounts, shall be moved at the Annual General Meeting unless a notice in writing, signed by the members who proposes to move it and
stating its terms has been received by the Hon Secretary at least forty-two days before the date appointed for the holding of such Annual General Meeting.
The Chairman of the meeting shall, at his or her discretion, and with the consent of the majority of the members present and voting, have the power to admit resolutions
of which notice has not been given, if such resolution shall not involve any alterations of the Constitution. Such resolution shall be decided upon by a simple majority of
members present and voting.”

9. Any other business relevant to the AGM.





Margaret Roberts

Margaret Roberts