Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (03/Nov/1880) - Huddersfield Equitable Permanent Benefit Building Society

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Huddersfield Equitable Permanent Benefit Building Society.

The 16th annnal meeting of the shareholders of this society was held in the Wellington Hall, Queen Street, Huddersfield, on Saturday evening. There was a very fair attendance of members. The chair was occupied by the president, Councillor Joseph Hirst, who was supported by Messrs. Fred. Crosland, John H. Stuttard, Councillor C. Vickerman, John E. Webb, Jos. Goodwin, Wm. Radcliffe, and George Slater, (directors), Mr. Sunderland (solicitor), and Mr. Jas. S. Kirk (surveyor). The Chairman, after making a few preliminary remarks, called open the secretary (Mr. Henry Kaye) to read the report which was regarded as highly satisfactory considering the depressed state of trade.

Mr. Crosland, the vice-president, moved the adoption of the report, along with another boons of ten per cent on the interest for the past year, which was seconded by Mr. Hellawell, and carried unanimously.

Mr. Cockshaw moved the re-election of the four directors who retired this year by rotation — Messrs. Stuttard, Webb, Goodwin and Radcliffe.

This was seconded by Mr. Mellor, and carried with applause.

Each Director returned thanks for the renewal of their confidence.

Previous to the appointment of auditors, the Chairman remarked that he could not allow this opportunity to pass without moving that the best thanks of this meeting be given to Mr. W.E. Thomas (the retiring auditor) for the faithful manner in which he had discharged his duties since the society was established in 1861.

The motion was seconded by Mr. Pullin and supported by Mr. Crosland, who spoke in the highest terms of Mr. Thomas and the valuable services he had rendered the Society.

Mr. Thomas briefly returned thanks.

Mr. Hobson moved the election of the following gentlemen to the office of auditors, Messrs. J. W. Sykes and J. Bate, which was seconded by Mr. Sheard, and on being put to the meeting carried unanimously.

Mr. Thomas in complimentary terms proposed a vote of thanks to the trustees and direotors for their valuable services during the past year and also that a present of £21 be made them for an excursion during the coming summer.

Mr. Armitage in seconding that motion, expressed his gratification for the caution they had exercised, seeing no loss whatever had been incurred. This vote was carried by acclamation.

Councillor Vickerman returned thanks on behalf of the trustees and his fellow directors. Mr. Sunderland moved a vote of thanks to the chairman for his attention to the business of the society and his able conduct on this occasion, which was seconded by Mr. Kirk, and carried with applause. The Chairman said he thanked them most sincerely for the kind way in which they had passed this resolution, and in return begged to thank the members for the noble manner in which they had responded to the appeal for an increase of borrowers made in the annual report of 1879 ; for, not only were all the funds in use, but the society was indebted to the bank in the sum of £214 15s. 1d. He hoped the members would continue to interest themselves in obtaining borrowers, for by so doing they could best render a service to the society.

The proceedings then terminated.