2020 Activities





Members of Council 2
Report of the Council 3
Statement of financial activities incorporating an income and expenditure account 8
Balance sheet 9
Notes to the accounts 10-15


Constitution Company limited by guarantee
Registered number 177204
Registered charity number 224084

Governing document Memorandum and articles adopted 2 July 1997

Members of Council (who are trustees for charity law and directors for company law)

President G E Blair BSc, PhD
Vice-president C J Hatton BSc, PhD, FInstP
Treasurer I W Smith HonFLeedsCM
Secretary J E Lydon BSc, PhD
Other Council members D I Bower MA, DPhil, MInstP (Retired 5 December 2019)
Eveleigh Bradford BA (Resigned 5th December 2019)
R J Bushby BSc, DPhil
Janet Douglas BA, MA
K T Hall BA, PhD, MA (Retired 5th December 2019)
R Jakeways BSc, PhD, MInstP
Cllr Elizabeth Nash
A C T North BSc, PhD, FInstP
C M Taylor BSc(Eng), MSc, PhD, DEng, FREng, FIMechE, FCGI
Mollie Temple CBE, BA, MA, DUniv, DEd
Rachael Unsworth MA, PhD (Appointed 5th December 2019)

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Accountant Katharine Widdowson FCA
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The Council presents its report and financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2020. The financial statements comply with current statutory requirements and with the requirements of the Society’s memorandum and articles.

The Society is a company limited by guarantee governed by its memorandum and articles of association. Membership is open to anyone on payment of an annual subscription which is due on
1 October each year. Only those members who have paid or have been elected to Honorary Membership are entitled to vote at the AGM. In the event of the Society being wound up, every person who is a member, or who has been a member within one year, is liable to contribute to the debts and liabilities of the Society a sum not exceeding £10.

The members of the Council are considered to be both directors for Companies Act purposes and trustees for Charities Act purposes. One third of the members of Council retire by rotation at each Annual General Meeting (normally held in December), when appointments or reappointments are made. The Council has powers to co-opt to its membership. Membership of the Council takes into account the need to have members with expertise to cover the variety of activities of the Society. All members of the Society are notified prior to the AGM of the names of the Council members who are due to retire and are invited to submit nominations. At the AGM on 5 December 2019 Dr Rachael Unsworth was elected to Council; Dr Hatton, Dr Jakeways and Cllr Nash were re-nominated.

The Officers of the Society are elected by and from the members of Council at the first meeting of Council following the Annual General Meeting; at the Council meeting on 9 January 2020, Dr Lydon was re-elected as Secretary, Professor Blair was elected as President, Dr Hatton as Vice-President and Mr Smith was elected as Treasurer.

Council met on six occasions during 2019-2020 in the Civic Hall and on line by Zoom. Parts of its business were delegated to the following committees: Grants, Events, Exhibition and Museums, chaired respectively by Dr Hatton, Dr Lydon, Mrs Temple and Dr Hatton. The committees are required to act in accordance with the Society’s Aims and Policies, and their recommendations are put to the Council for its approval.

Mr Norman Madill has continued as Assistant Secretary, managing the Society’s links with its members and other necessary administrative matters. Mrs Sue Clarke, has continued as the Assistant Treasurer, administered the day-to-day financial transactions of the Society including applications for membership.

Covid-19 Coronavirus
In March 2020 Covid-19 afflicted the UK and the government took decisive action. The Society’s Council took the decision to adhere to all government advice and instructions, consequently the following actions have been taken.
Since 18th March all public lectures, outings and dinners were cancelled; Council meetings have been conducted via video conferencing; and opportunities for public meetings/talks hosted on Zoom have been piloted.
The Treasurer has received regular briefings from Investec, the Society’s investment advisers during the period of the pandemic and continued to keep Council briefed.

During the course of the 2019/20 year, the Society lost 5 members (through death & resignations) and gained 7 new members; at the end of September membership totalled 150 including 2 associate members.

The Society aims to promote the advancement of science, literature and the arts in the city of Leeds and its immediate area. In furtherance of this aim, which Council believes to be of benefit to the public in this area, the Council’s policy has been to disburse its income as follows by:
• providing a programme of free public lectures relevant to the Society’s aims
• supporting the work of the City of Leeds Museums & Galleries
• supporting other activities in Leeds of a scientific, literary or artistic nature
• providing grants for purposes of research, publication, or artistic performance.

Grant-making policy
In making grants to promote the advancement of the Society’s aims, the Council places particular emphasis on (but does not limit its grants to) the support of activities which directly benefit the citizens of Leeds or assist those engaged in academic and scholarly activities relating to Leeds and its immediate area. It does not give grants in general support of students on taught courses. The value of grants is normally in the range £100 to £2,000, although this limit may be exceeded in special circumstances. The Council is keen to support new endeavours by the award of ‘pump-priming’ grants.

The Society’s archives
The Society’s archives are held in the Special Collections section of the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, where they are available for public consultation.

The Society’s events
The calendar year 2019 marked the Society’s bicentenary involving celebrations culminating in a series of events taking place during the early part of 2019-2020 financial year – of note the day conference and celebration dinner. These are listed below and reports of those taking place this calendar year will be included in the 2020 Annual Review.

The regular monthly events covered a wide range of topics as usual and were well supported both by Society members, guests and members of the public. The lectures from October to March took place in the afternoon in the City Museum. The other meetings were held at University House. Events marked * were related to the bicentenary.
The following events took place:

• Bicentenary Conference *
• Professor Simon Phillips Why grass is green and blood is red – what we, and the things around us, are made of ; organised jointly with the University
• Bicentenary Celebration Dinner*
• Annual General Meeting and dinner at University House. After dinner entertainment: Alan Harris Band
• Priestley Lecture: Professor Piers Forster From Climate Science to Climate Action?
• Book launch. William Gascoigne (1612 – 44) Leeds Astronomer by David Sellers*
• Dr Dan Franks. The evolution of menopause in resident killer whales
• Dr Christine Holdstock. History of dyes from Ancient Egypt to Leeds
• Annual Science Fair in the Leeds City Museum
• The Search for a Coronavirus Vaccine YouTube talk and discussion followed by a Zoom Question and Answer with Professor Nicola Stonehouse of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
• Professor Julian Rushton Zoom lecture Beethoven’s mistake (Wagner). But was it a mistake? (This was sadly aborted due to technical difficulties and is to be rearranged.)
As a result of Covid-19, several successful applicants had to cancel or defer the activity for which they had received funding: the Committee decided to adopt a common policy for all such cases. Accordingly it was decided that, when the event, as applied for, could not be met due to the government’s virus restrictions on public events, the grant should be returned to the Society in full, the Society would consider contributing to those expenses incurred before lockdown, and the Society would also look favourably on a subsequent application should the event be rescheduled after the government’s restrictions had been lifted. Consequently 5 recipients returned all or part of their grants.
During the year the following grants were awarded by the Society:
• John Mee, £500 to support the Alive & Kicking Theatre Company’s The Severn Hunters, a whole class participation drama for primary school children.
• Alice Barber, £500 to support 8 performances of Unsung, an acclaimed piece of theatre pioneering female figures from science, the military and the arts: partial refund of £350 returned.
• Martin Staniforth, £500 to contribute to the 30th anniversary appeal to purchase a work of art for the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and to support an inaugural ensemble in residence in the University School of Music.
• Elvi Piper, £500 to support 43 performances of Hansel and Gretel in Leeds Central Library’s Room 700 over Christmas 2019.
• Dr Rachel Conroy, £500 to support the purchase of a group of discovered drawings by Thomas Chippendale snr and jnr for the Chippendale Society.
• Dr Peter Mill, £500 to establish a copse, primarily of Downy Birch, in the dragonfly area of Rodley Nature Reserve.
• Bobbie Millar, £1,475 to provide selected primary schools in Leeds with an introduction to the musical properties of rocks.
• Carl Hutton, £500 to support the Leeds Lit Fest partnership create a website for its annual festival.
• Dr David Thornton, £1,000 to support the publication of Leeds: a Biographical Dictionary.
• Jillian Johnson on behalf of Leeds Baroque, £1,000 towards their 20th anniversary concert programme: partial refund of £568 returned.
• Peter Spafford on behalf of Leeds Festival Chorus, £1,500 to support the commission of a new work from Jonathan Dove to be performed at Leeds Town Hall in November 2020.
• Claire Roberts, £250 towards a second performance of a new work written for the Consort of Leeds at the Ilkley Literature Festival: full amount refunded.
• Olivia Race on behalf of Front Room Productions, £600 to support performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Walled Garden at Temple Newsam Estate in August: full amount refunded.
• Bruce Davies on behalf of BasementArtsProject, £400 towards the publication of 100 copies of a book, On The Corner, featuring the work of four local artists.
• Katie Pearce on behalf of West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, £1,000 to support a production of Puccini’s Le Villi at Sunny Bank Mills in March.
• Max Farrar on behalf of the David Oluwale Memorial Association, £500 to support a Leeds city centre walk with music and poetry: full amount refunded.
• Geoff Wain on behalf of MathsWorldUK, £1,086 to create new exhibits for use at science fairs around the UK.
• Adam White on behalf of the Leeds Art Fund, £1,114 to support the publication of Thomas, Lord Darcy and the Tudor House of Temple Newsam.
• Cath Brooke, £750 to facilitate Skippko Community Research Team sessions at the Local and Family History Library, Leeds.
• Matthew Bellwood, £500 to enable the publication of a new book about Headingley, telling the story of the area through the words of local residents.
• Leeds City Council, £122 a contribution to the Leeds Museum for the purchase of the miniatures of Lady Gascoigne’s war medals.

The Leeds City Museum
We have continued to enjoy a good relationship with the staff of the Museums, to whom we are most grateful for their collaboration. The Museums Committee, comprising representatives from the Society’s Council and the Leeds Museums Service, provides a valuable opportunity to discuss collaboration in the planning of events and the best use of grants for supporting the museum. However, although not formally met this year, formal liaison has continued through regular reports to Council from John Roles, Head of Museums and Galleries and informal contact with staff of the museums and funding through the Grants committee of Museum’s projects.
Approved by the members of the Council on 5 November 2020 and signed on their behalf by
G E Blair (President) and J E Lydon (Secretary)

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