Civic society 'rescued' and back in control of finances

PUBLISHED: 17:30 18 April 2015

The Civic Society paid to replace the trees in the Boulevard.

The Civic Society paid to replace the trees in the Boulevard.


THE new treasurer of Weston Civic Society says he is in 'full control' of group finances following a cash wrangle.

Last year, the society’s long-standing treasurer Bob Smart was voted out following disagreements over the £184,000 bank balance.

He was replaced by Brian Ruse.

Speaking at the society’s general meeting on Tuesday, Mr Ruse said: “It took some time to claim ownership of the accounts.

“The main thing is the accounts last year were wrong and over-stated by £3,374.

“We are in full control of the money now and it is all tucked away carefully.”

Mr Ruse will continue in his role of treasurer for the next 12 months.

Rosemary Dowie, who has been chairman for the past two years, has been replaced by Dr Howard Smith.

Mrs Dowie took over the position when former chairman Martin Taylor quit the society after 40 years, after accusing members of making enemies instead of supporting the group’s traditional values.

Mr Smith said: “I would like to thank Rosemary Dowie for the extraordinary hard work she put in over the past few years.

“In many ways, she has rescued the society from an appalling situation and made it possible for the executive committee to function.”

Greg Thacker will remain as vice chairman, and David Agassiz is staying on as secretary.

Peter Barrington, Peter Downs, Gail Parsons, Martha Perriam, Tina Speake and Brian Wilkinson were elected to the executive committee.

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