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AGM 2017

The A7CA AGM which will take place on Sunday April 9th at the Green Man, Dunchurch, Rugby. Please note the change of venue within the village as, hopefully, the new venue will provide us with better meeting space. We are slightly formalising things this year in that the AGM will be just that, reports from Officers on the previous year's achievements and plans for the year ahead, election of Officers, Revision to the Constitution and Awards of Trophies. Please note, the voting for the adoption of the revised Constitution will be a 'Members' vote - ie the 18 Austin 7 Clubs who are 'full' members of the Association and that an AGM does not include an agenda item of AOB. We have nominations for the 2 posts of Chairman and Vice-chairman but still seek a nomination for the post of Advertising Manager.

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• Finalists revealed in eight of the 16 award categories • 205 clubs and members received nominations • Six awards to be decided at Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show • Winners announced at award ceremony on 1st April The finalists in the 2017 National Car Club Awards, in association with Tourism Ireland, have been revealed. This year has seen the most nominations from clubs and club members to date. Supported by Classic Car Weekly, and endorsed by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, the overall Award winners will be announced at the awards dinner on Saturday 1st April at Birmingham’s NEC. Lee Masters, Director of The National Car Club Awards, said: “We had 209 nominations, which is 25 more than the inaugural year and it’s fantastic to see the clubs embrace these awards. Once again, the standard of entries was extremely high with a fantastic mix of clubs of all sizes. “Some of the categories had over 30 entries and reducing these down to a shortlist was extremely difficult, making that place on the shortlist even more valuable and an incredible achievement.” A total of 16 awards will be presented at the glittering ceremony, hosted by Mike Brewer alongside the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show. The shortlist covers eight of the award categories with the finalists for the Lifetime Achievement award still to be decided. The other six awards will be decided by the judges on Saturday and presented their prize at the awards dinner. There will then be a ‘Judges Special Recognition Award’ presented to a club that the panel feel has gone the extra mile in the classic motoring movement. Two members from every club shortlisted for an award have been invited to attend as guests of the National Car Club Awards and Tourism Ireland and will be treated to a drinks reception and a complimentary three-course dinner. Further tickets will be on sale for those wishing to attend. For more information, visit www.nationalcarclubawards.com

Association Vacancies

At the Association AGM to be held on Sunday April 9th 2017, 2, if not 3, Officer positions will fall vacant. Those positions are Chairman and Advertising Manager. The current Vice-chair, Chris Garner, has already indicated his willingness to stand for the position of Chairman, so it is also possible that the position of Vice-chair will need filling. Candidates for these posts are invited to apply (there is no requirement for a formal nomination process) Indications of interest should be accompanied by a note confirming which post you are interested in and a short (say side of A4) outline of your background and experience qualifying you for the role. Could I ask Clubs etc to ensure their membership are made aware of these vacancies and encourage applications from those people who you think might be particularly suitable. Interested parties are encouraged to get in touch to discuss any aspect of these positions. I have attached the Job descriptions of each of the three posts which shows the roles and responsibilities. Closing date for applications is the Monday 20th February giving time for applications to be circulated for consideration by Clubs etc before voting at the AGM in April. Hugh Barnes A7CA Secretary
  JOB DESCRIPTION - ADVERTISING MANAGER The Advertising Manager’s job is a voluntary position responsible to the A7CA for promoting and acting as representative for the Austin Seven and the Historic Car Movement:-  Acting as a ‘Focal Point’ for the A7CA Magazine in respect of offering advertising services to the Association in respect to its Member Clubs and Registers of the Association/Individuals, and Overseas Associate Member Clubs/and any Press/Publication Media Groups/Trade or Services connected with the Austin Seven Movement.  Promoting advertising services available for placement in the Austin Seven Clubs’ Association quarterly magazine which is issued January, April, July, October per year.  Pricing advertising rates:- Display Pages (Black/White/Colour) ie:- 1 Page, ½ Page, ¼ Page. Classified Ads, Trade and Services. (See Attachment).  Advertising Rates/fees/non fees for Club advertising ie:- Events/Promotions/Services.  Communication with Advertisers/Clubs per email/post/telephone.  Compiling/agreement of adverts and liaising with A7CA Editor in respect of compilation and approval of advertising to be placed in A7CA magazines.  Invoicing/Collecting monies for Advertising and organising A/c Listing and payments to be paid into A7CA Direct Account/or payable per cheque.  Sending out A7CA magazines to paying Advertisers on a quarterly basis.  Sending out Reminders with “Letter of Thanks for Advertising” to regular advertisers in October with Pro-forma Invoices for booking space in “Next Year A7CA Magazine” JOB DESCRIPTION - CHAIRMAN The Chairman of the Austin 7 Clubs' Association (A7CA) is a voluntary position, voted for by the member clubs of the Association; the incumbent of which is responsible to The Association for: • Acting as focal point for members of the Association, other national historic car movements, the media and the general public • Chairing the four meetings of the Association • Promoting the Austin 7 movement to the general public, the media and the member clubs of the Association • With the secretary, drawing up the agenda for the meetings • Assisting all parties to have discussions in all matters relating to Austin 7’s • To guide discussions where necessary • To sum up discussions and propose votes amongst the member clubs. • To promote co-operation between clubs and groups having an interest in the Austin7 • To have the casting vote where the opinion is equally divided in a general vote JOB DESCRIPTION - VICE-CHAIR Job Description: A voluntary position responsible for: Primarily to support the Chairman where necessary and when requested. Fill in for the Chairman when absent. Can prepare meetings or Committee items and suggestions. Problem solve with Committee members and report back to the Chairman. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the Committee and convey & discuss with the Chairman

First batch of digitised material

Cn9TOZAWEAAUklaOn Thursday 21st July 2016, members of the Archive Project were joined by staff from Hampshire County Council and Austin Seven Owners in Winchester for the handover of the first batch of digitised material. This marks the beginning of the digitisation of materials from the Archive in Lubenham. All the original material will be available for viewing at the Open Day in August.

New Secretary – Hugh Barnes

Hugh Barnes is in the process of taking over as Secretary of the A7CA from Bob Prophet who is standing down. Hugh is a member of the Cambridge Austin Seven and Vintage Car Club and a long standing owner of Sevens, dabbling also in MGs and Rileys. For the past year Hugh has headed up the team reorganising and digitising the Association Archives. The A7CA would like to thank Bob Prophet for his work with the Committee over the last three years.