Battalion Zooming into a new session

Battalion Council convened on September 17 but ‘‘not as we know it Jim’’ as another officer ‘‘far far away’’ once said. Using Zoom officers met for the start of session business. The battalion vice-president Daniel Green opened with reading and prayer. John Thomson, Battalion treasurer gave an update on finances. Last year’s decision to subsidise all companies to moderate the amount held in reserve, meant that level was now such that it would be difficult to deplete further, notwithstanding possible needs because of the pandemic. Discussions ensued on various indicated hardships and alleviation means. It was decided a small group consider needs against means and report back to aid decision as to any actions possible, as equitably as possible. The treasurer spoke of outstanding applications to charitable trusts for financial help, which responses may influence such discussions. Many situations revolve round re-entry to premises currently closed which may become more immediate when safety assessments were approved by the various managing bodies for church halls, community halls, schools, etc; the indicated advancement of that position seemed unlikely before mid-October. Battalion officials are continuing in post but noted there was no chaplain and that all competitions and events are suspended pending further decisions. Dedication and carol services also TurnaBBouT are similarly affected. The latter it was felt should be booked for 2022 to retain its place on the town hall calendar. Organising committee to discuss with the council. Queen’s Badge work will be possible using revised guidelines. Simon McNeill, the recently appointed development officer addressed the meeting indicating his desire to speak to as many company representatives as possible to find out current situations with a view to offering advice and help on funding, if appropriate.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 27th September 2020, 12:00 pm

Battalion Council convened on September 17 but ‘‘not as we know it Jim’’ as another officer ‘‘far far away’’ once said. Using Zoom officers met for the start of session business. The battalion vice-president Daniel Green opened with reading and prayer. John Thomson, Battalion treasurer gave an update on finances. Last year’s decision to subsidise all companies to moderate the amount held in reserve, meant that level was now such that it would be difficult to deplete further, notwithstanding possible needs because of the pandemic. Discussions ensued on various indicated hardships and alleviation means. It was decided a small group consider needs against means and report back to aid decision as to any actions possible, as equitably as possible. The treasurer spoke of outstanding applications to charitable trusts for financial help, which responses may influence such discussions. Many situations revolve round re-entry to premises currently closed which may become more immediate when safety assessments were approved by the various managing bodies for church halls, community halls, schools, etc; the indicated advancement of that position seemed unlikely before mid-October. Battalion officials are continuing in post but noted there was no chaplain and that all competitions and events are suspended pending further decisions. Dedication and carol services also TurnaBBouT are similarly affected. The latter it was felt should be booked for 2022 to retain its place on the town hall calendar. Organising committee to discuss with the council. Queen’s Badge work will be possible using revised guidelines. Simon McNeill, the recently appointed development officer addressed the meeting indicating his desire to speak to as many company representatives as possible to find out current situations with a view to offering advice and help on funding, if appropriate.