On behalf of Eleanor Jenkins, student at the Royal Agricultural University, please can you complete this short questionnaire for her investigation on the subject of improving unaffiliated junior participation for her undergraduate dissertation, thank you
Information on the role of the Chair:-
- The role of the chair would be to be a figure head of the group, the go to person if there’s problems, a person of good standing and that’s diplomatic as on times you have to deal with sensitive issues that you may get backlash from.
- Confidentially is a quality you need, as you do get told things in confidence and be expected not to gossip about it.
- Just remember you represent a group and must be transparent with financial matters and not embroiled in any personal issues that could affect your standing in the group
- Not everyone will like you and decisions you make for the benefit of the group won’t go down well with some people but you have to be thick skinned and not react to them calling you over.
- You sometimes may have to represent the group at events and may have to do a presentation of what we stand for and attend sessions for funding with certain bodies. You will need to be prepared to complete funding applications forms and meet with various people eg Briars was set up as an access group so on times it may require meeting with landowners or RCT to resolve an issue
- In a more formal meeting, the chairperson will outline the purpose of the meeting and remind members why they are there, Such as the AGM. The chairperson of a committee is responsible for the smooth running of meetings, allowing all members to have their say,. a good chairperson will do the following:
- The chair controls the meeting.
- Follow the order set out in the agenda and Keep discussion focused on the item as set by the agenda
- Make sure that a decision has been reached before going onto the next item on the agenda
- Members do not interrupt each other. (never happens at Briars) Allow everyone to speak and be heard
- Make sure a record of all decisions is kept. The secretary will distribute minutes the chair sometimes have to chase these up and all minutes and agendas have to be kept on the generic email that is shared for audit purposes.
- Highlight important points.
- Assist the secretary if necessary.
- Clarifyany misunderstanding
- Members aim to reach a consensus.
- A vote is taken if consensus is not reached.
- When discussion is underway, it is the chairperson’s responsibility to ensure that it continues to flow smoothly by involving all members present and by not permitting one or two people to dominate the meeting. (Difficult with our members to regain control)
- Summarizing by the chairperson during meetings can:
- The chairperson should pace the meeting, ensuring it runs to time.
- At the end of a meeting, the chairperson should remind members what they have achieved and thank them for their contributions. Finally, the time and date of the next meeting should be arranged.
- Between committee meetings
- Know of all work that committee are doing so that he/she is well informed about all matters that may arise at committee meetings
- Keep in touch with other committee members and how their work is coming along, which means supporting people, not ordering them about
- Meet with the secretary to arrange and draw up the agenda to be discussed at meetings and ensure minutes are properly drafted and issued prior to the next meeting.
Thorowgood logo Guidelines
Ride Out UK Month sponsored by Thorowgood
OPEN TO ALL BHS AFFILIATED EQUESTRIAN ACCESS GROUPS AND ACCESS & BRIDLEWAYS OFFICERS
The BHS are really pleased to announce that Thorowgood is sponsoring Ride Out UK Month this year!
They will be running 5 competitions for Ride Out UK Month, and one saddle of the winner’s choice (worth up to £645) will be awarded to the winner of each of the five competitions and fitted to their horse by a qualified SMS saddler in their area. Exact details of the competitions are currently being finalised and will be shared as soon as they are available. Details of the many ways to get involved with Ride Out UK Month and the competitions will be included in April’s issue of British Horse magazine.
New for this year is the Platinum 70km Challenge, riders and carriage drivers are challenged to complete 70km with their horses and raise £70 for the Paths for Communities Fund in celebration of the BHS’s Platinum Year, recording their routes on a free app and sending the GPX file to us to show the routes they are using. More details on this will be available soon. There is also an option to take part and choose your own challenge, for anyone who doesn’t want to tackle the 70km challenge or donate £70, but it is basically a way for people who might not have transport, might already have a full diary of events on, or just not fancy going on a pleasure ride to take part and fundraise too. The pack for this is in production. For the choose your own option, people will be able to either donate £15 straight away and receive their rosette upfront with their fundraising pack, or pledge to raise £15 in sponsorship, receive their fundraising pack and will then receive the rosette when they donate the sponsorship money.
The BHS will keep you up to date as they make progress with these. If you or your committee are organising an event for Ride Out UK Month, please find attached the ROUKM 2018 logo as well as Thorowgood’s logo and brand guidelines on how to use the logo which can be added to your ROUKM event posters/flye
The BHS has been given the honour of being the Charity of the Year at Badminton Horse Trials which runs from Wednesday 2 May to Sunday 6 May 2018.
Each Charity of the Year Volunteer will be given a ticket to Badminton in return for helping for half a day. Please note that regrettably travel expenses are not refundable.
Lots of details as to who will be doing what exactly are yet to be determined but as a starter for ten the BHS would just like to know if you would like to help, on what day/s, at what time/s and whether you have an area of expertise that you would like to be utilised i.e. Access, Safety, Welfare etc. or would just like to be a general volunteer. The BHS cannot guarantee that you will get the day/s, time/s that you submit but we are giving you first option before we directly target a wider audience.
There are two ways to apply to be a volunteer at Badminton. Either complete the attached form or complete the answers below and either forward the email or send the form to Jeanette.Poile@bhs.org.uk
Volunteers with a specific area of expertise may be assigned to one of our designated areas i.e. Safety, Access, Welfare, Education
Volunteers who are Accredited Professional Coaches may be assigned to helping with the mechanical horse
Time slots are estimated to be: MORNING – 8/9am – 12/1pm, AFTERNOON – 12/1pm-4/5pm or LATER 2/3pm-6/7pm. It is anticipated that if you volunteer for the LATER time, you will be allocated to the car parks to hand out Dead Slow car stickers in return for a donation from visitors leaving the event.
- Do you have a specific area of expertise (Yes/No)?
- What is your area of expertise (Access/Safety/Welfare etc)?
- Are you an Accredited Professional Coach (Yes/No)?
- Please state what day/s and time/s you would like to volunteer.
- Add any comments:
Once you have sent your information, you will be contacted a bit nearer the time with confirmation of details, your ticket and who you are to report to and at what time. Many thanks in advance of any help and support you are able to give the BHS Volunteering at Badminton
BHS volunteers, members, EAGs, British Riding Clubs and members of the British Driving Society can all book onto training half price for £5.00 – please enter the following code when booking to apply the discount:
An article published by the BHS for an access issue. A big thank you to Michelle Bracey and others for raising awareness for access issues and getting it sorted so it’s safe for riders. The link to the article is below;
Just a reminder of this months meeting on Thursday 2nd November 8pm at The Lamb Penderyn