AGM and Springmoot
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What is the AGM (and Springmoot)?

The AGM (Annual General Meeting) takes place in the month of April every year, and is the formal business meeting of the Society where committee members are elected and the running of the Society is discussed. This is followed in the evening by a semi-formal Annual Dinner followed by a talk from a Guest Speaker, often a Tolkien scholar, publisher or artist. Past guest speakers have included Tom Shippey, Priscilla Tolkien, Michael Tolkien, Brian Sibley, Rayner Unwin and Ted Nasmith.

What happens over the weekend?

The AGM itself only takes up a few hours of a Saturday afternoon but, given the time it takes to get there, it is usually a weekend event for members. Beginning with an Innmoot (eating, drinking and chatting) on the Friday evening followed by a tour of the local town (or an organised trip) on the Saturday morning. On the Saturday evening there is our Annual Dinner with the a talk from a Guest Speaker.

On Sunday there is often an organised tour of the town or a local heritage site, especially if it has Tolkienian connection or theme. From 2015, the AGM weekend will also be known as ‘Springmoot’ to emphasise the fact that it’s a social gathering and event rather than simply a business meeting. The AGM takes place in a different location each year and the organising of the event is usually the result of the work an individual member or smial local to the AGM venue.

Previous AGMs

Year Location Guest Speaker(s) Talk Published?
2015 Norfolk Arms, Arundel TBC
2014 Baskerville Hall Hotel, Hay-on-Wye John Garth
2013 Comfort Hotel, St Albans Lynn Whitaker and members
2012 School of Education, University of Glasgow Farah Mendlesohn
2011 The White Hart Royal Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh Dimitra Fimi
2010 Jury’s Inn Hotel, Brighton Charles Noad Mallorn 50
2009 St Aidan’s College, Durham Allan Turner
2008 Leofric Hotel, Coventry Edmund Weiner
2007 The Astor Hotel, Plymouth Roger (& Linda) Garland Slideshow and Q&A
2006 The King’s School, Canterbury Henry Gee
2005 The Mayflower Theatre and Southampton Park Hotel Brian Rosebury
2004 White Hart Hotel, Lincoln John Garth
2003 Blossoms Hotel, Chester Ted Nasmith
2002 Moreton Park Lodge, Oswestry Brian Sibley
2001 Wortley Hall, Sheffield Christopher Garbowski
2000 New Inn, Gloucester Patrick Curry DPGT Volume 3
1999 King Charles Hotel, Gillingham Michael Scott Rohan DPGT Volume 3
1998 Plough and Harrow Hotel, Birmingham Michael George Tolkien DPGT Volume 3
1997 Old Course Hotel, Chepstow Colin Duriez DPGT Volume 2
1996 Lord Leycester Hotel, Warwick René van Rossenberg DPGT Volume 2
1995 Cairn Hotel, Edinburgh Charles Coulombe DPGT Volume 3
1994 The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury Joanna Tolkien DPGT Volume 2
1993 The Moat House Hotel, Nottingham Mary Butler
1992 The Waterfront Hotel, Hull Colin Duriez DPGT Volume 2
1991 Maids Head Hotel, Norwich Tom Shippey DPGT Volume 2
1990 Corpus Christi College, Cambridge Rayner Unwin DPGT Volume 2
1989 Ship Hotel, Chichester A.N. Wilson
1988 Park Hotel, Cardiff Graham Watkins
1987 Queen’s Hotel, Leeds Rob Inglis
1986 Queen’s Hotel, Cheltenham Geraldine Harris DPGT Volume 1
1985 St George Hotel, Liverpool Douglas Gray
1984 The Guildhall Hotel, Leicester Jonathan Simons
1983 YMCA, Cambridge Tom Shippey DPGT Volume 1
1982 The County Hotel, Canterbury Robert Giddings
1981 Annesley Hotel, Lincoln Brian Sibley
Barbara Strachey
1980 Royal Station Hotel, York Tom Shippey DPGT Volume 1
1979 Westmoreland Hotel, London John Ezard
David Fielder
1978 Grand Hotel, Birmingham Rayner Unwin
Tom Shippey
1977 Grosvenor Hotel, Chester Michael Tolkien
1976 Hampstead Town Hall, London Priscilla Tolkien
Humphrey Carpenter
1975 Bloomsbury Centre Hotel, London Priscilla Tolkien
1974 Ivanhoe Hotel, London Rayner Unwin
Austin Olney
1973 Sherlock Holmes Hotel, London Joy Chant
1972 Home of Keith Bridges, Welwyn Garden City No Speaker

Map of previous AGMs