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The Future of Kidderminster Medical Society


Dear Members,

It has become apparent to the officers of the society and those present at the last Kidderminster Medical Society’s AGM, that attendance at events has dwindled significantly over the last few years. We discussed how to proceed and felt that firstly we needed to canvass opinion as to whether there was an appetite to continue with the society at all and if so in what form.

The Kidderminster medical society is one of the oldest in the country and started in 1893 by Lionel Stretton. A comprehensive history of the society is available on the society’s website. At its inception the object of the society was to 'discuss matters of professional interest' ; atterly it has served a more social function but for many reasons including; changes in working patterns and competing commitments, these are have become less supported. It was also impossible to find someone to take over the role of secretary and indeed take over from me as social secretary.

However, those of us present at the AGM felt it was be a great pity to see such an historic society come to an end but we desperately need more support and a clear mandate to continue. The Society also supports postgraduate education through a bursary scheme.

The proposal at the last AGM from those present was for an annual dinner paid for from society funds and open to members. It would have a dual medical education and social role. One suggestion being a variety of very short ‘hot topic updates’ from some of those  present.

I would urge you therefore to respond to the following questions. If we get little response we will assume that there is no interest in continuing the society and look at the feasibility of winding it up.

1.      I feel the society should continue and will support it   yes/no

2.      I agree that an annual dinner with an educational theme is a good idea yes/no

3.      I believe that the officers should explore winding up the society

Other comments Welcome





To be held on Wednesday 18th April 2018 – 7 pm for 7.30 pm start

At: Kidderminster Education Centre, Room 3


Light refreshments available before the meeting


1.      Apologies

2.      Minutes of the previous AGM

3.      Matters arising

4.      Elective bursary award

5.      Treasurer’s report

6.      Trustee accounts

7.      Review of role of Medical Society

8.      Election of officers

9.      Election of new members

10.  AOB


Please advise AOB prior to meeting if able

( or Dr Paul Williams (


 February 2018                   

                                The Future of Kidderminster Medical Society             

Dear Colleague,

We are sure you must appreciate that the future viability of our Society is in serious doubt at the moment and that the AGM, due to take place in the next few weeks, will be duty bound to consider this matter as its number one priority.

Future Viability.

Our concern about this matter has been brought to a head by the very poor attendances at recent AGM’s and culminating in the negligible responses to the Annual Dinner invitations sent out last November. As a result, there may be a feeling that the writing is on the wall but before the apparent demise of the Society is accepted we feel it vital to remind members about the activities of your trustees and of the elective bursary committee.


The Kidderminster Post Graduate Centre Trustees were initially appointed in April 1971 to manage funds raised by public subscription for the purpose of furthering post graduate medical and dental education within the local area. This was initially achieved by the construction of a post graduate medical centre and the remaining fund was further boosted in the 1980’s by another appeal to the local medical fraternity when an extension to the centre was being considered. This extension never materialised and subsequently your trustees have been left with the responsibility to manage a residual sum of around £150,000.

Until very recently, the above fund was achieving a very reasonable annual investment income of around £6,000 per annum and about ten years ago it was agreed that this dividend should be used more actively in support of post graduate medical education. With this aim in mind, the Society agreed to respond to a request for support from Birmingham University Medical School by donating

 1. An initial £10,000 towards the funding of a seminar room in their new education block and

2.By the establishment of an annual £3,000 bursary to support the first year of one of their students selected for their graduate-entry medical education programme.

 3.The following year i.e. 2007, our Society further agreed to extend this scheme by the establishment of a second annual £3,000 bursary to be awarded to a local post graduate student in their first year attending one of the other thirty medical schools in the UK.

Your trustees have recently reviewed the outcome of the above bursary award activities and, in summary, this reveals that since 2006 eleven Birmingham graduate students have shared a total of £33,000 and since 2007, nineteen local students attending ten of the other UK medical schools have shared another £57,000. Thus, in total, 28 students, mostly from the Wyre Forest Area, have been able to benefit from the Society’s generosity to the amount of £90,000. As you would expect, these students have, without exception, been extremely grateful for our support and this has been expressed most eloquently in their reports submitted at the completion of their first year and posted on the Society’s website. Furthermore, we can report that at the end of this period the Society is still left with more than £151,000, mainly invested in the COIF Charities Fixed Income Fund and currently giving a return of around £4,600 per annum.

The Undergraduate Elective Bursaries have been made available by the Society,    (with similar local criteria). These are funded from our subscriptions to the Medical Society.  From 2009-2014 a total of £6.400 has been shared between sixteen local medical students who have each received either £250 or £500 depending on the number of applications per year. They too have posted reports and grateful thanks on our website.

Way Forward

We trustees met recently to consider the current bursary awards and took the opportunity to discuss our approach to the future of the Society and, more particularly, to the future of its trust funds. We feel strongly that it would be very sad indeed to see all of this work and history disappear through lack of interest and we wish to stress that what we need as trustees is, at the very least, a Society and a viable AGM.

With this aim in mind we very much hope that this communication will encourage you to play some part in these considerations and to attend the AGM, if at all possible, to give your opinion.

Understanding time is at a premium, for GP’s, perhaps at a practice meeting, someone could take the lead and agree to attend and, as consultants with Kidderminster sessions, perhaps two or three could attend to give their opinions, having sought colleagues’ views beforehand.

We do hope that this summary is helpful, and that you will understand our dilemma.


With best wishes,


Martin Lewis, Jan Meggy, Wendy Kingston, John Tudor.  PGMC Trustees

Paul Newrick, Jan Meggy, David Starkey.    Undergraduate Elective Bursary Panel.




Held in the Education Centre on Wednesday 5th April 2017

PRESENT:             Dr Paul Williams, Dr Paul Newrick, Miss Jan Meggy, Mr Chris Tallents, Dr Pam Ball, Mr Chris Gait, Dr Martin Lewis, Dr Richard Taylor, Dr David Starkie

1.       APOLOGIES:       Dr Wendy Kingston, Dr Gill Blanchard, Dr Sally Rumley, Dr Marie Gibson, Dr Hilary Boyle, Dr J Paton, Dr Chandra Pathirana, Dr Steve Booth


 Incorrect spelling for Mr Malcolm Woodcock - not Woodcott.



No applicants had been received.  Dr Lewis, Chairman of the Post-Graduate Medical Centre Trustees, had received a couple of enquiries; 2 who had strong local connections and 2 who had tenuous local connections.  The first applicant with local connection is Mohammed Hussain, who was currently working in psychiatry at the Robertson Centre, Kidderminster Hospital.  His medical elective in Malaysia was due to start in May.  The second applicant with a local connection is Toni Brookes, who is on a GP placement in Kidderminster.  She plans to do her medical elective on the management of neural tube defects in Vietnam.

A discussion followed as to how the bursaries are advertised.  Dr Lewis explained that the Medical Society bursary awards offered through the Trustees were advertised in various medical schools.  Many applicants had found the website, presumably by searching for assistance, and may have heard about the bursaries when working locally.  It was thought the best advertisement is by granting the bursaries.   

The Trustees were not in a position to take on the further work of advertising the KMS bursaries.  Miss Meggy suggested to Dr Lewis that she was happy to look at the applications and to help with the advertising of the bursaries.  It was agreed that Lisa would contact the above 2 applicants in the first instance and request a CV, and a reference from both their medical school, and their current practice/placement.  These will then be circulated to Paul Williams, Chris Gait, Jan Meggy and Paul Newrick for consideration.  (a)


Mr Gait explained the report was a true account to date, and this was presented to the meeting.  He offered the bank statements to view. 

The payment for the Elms dinner was excluded from the report.  No sponsorship had been obtained for the dinner.

Regarding the receipt of subs, Mr Tallents enquired whether retired KMS members still became honorary members.  It was explained that historically any new local GP or consultant was elected at the AGM and subsequently paid into the Society.  Mr Gait has a list of those who pay.  Paul Williams agreed that retired members shouldn’t pay, but that the majority are groups subs received from GP practices.  It was acknowledged that this decision could halve the income, however it was agreed that money could be used from the Trustee account in this instance, if required.  Dr Williams felt a little anxious about people paying for not very much; one social event a year at most subsided, a website with no updates, and no newsletter.  It was noted however, that the subs of £15.00 per person per year also pay for the bursaries.  It was suggested that current paying members could be emailed with the explanation that the KMS would like to keep the bursaries going and if agreeable, members could continue paying.  It was agreed it would be acceptable to make some form of contact. (b) It was commented on that this information could go onto the website, but it was thought that the website wasn’t accessed as nothing tended to be updated other than minutes of meetings.  It was queried whether another person ought to be aware of how to understand the website should this become necessary.


The KMS dinner held at the Elms had gone very well with a reasonable turnout.  The speakers were excellent.  The question was whether another one should be arranged for this year.  It was agreed that if one wasn’t arranged for this year it would be difficult to get the support for one in the future.  Members agreed that at least one event a year was needed to keep the Society alive.  A discussion ensued regarding whether this should be a free dinner, or one offered for a very nominal sum, and whether it was worth keeping the Society going for one dinner a year.  It was also noted that no one volunteered to take on a role in the KMS.  However, it was agreed that there was a usefulness in awarding the bursaries.  Dr Starkie remarked that the KMS had historically been in the doldrums, followed by a resurge.  Miss Meggy suggested that prior to the dinner there could be a toast to the Strettons, who founded the KMS, with a short spiel about the bursaries and how beneficial they are to recipients.  Recipients of the bursaries have been invited to dinner and have talked about their electives.  Likewise, recipients of the post-graduate bursaries are expected to submit a brief acknowledgement and report, and these are posted on the KMS website.

Dr Williams reported that he had taken on a management role within the Practice and didn’t feel he had the capacity to organise another dinner, whilst acknowledging that Dr David Malcolmson did most of the organising for the last event.  It was suggested that the KMS could pay someone to organise the event, should no one be forthcoming.  Lisa, secretary, agreed that she would take on organising this event, with some direction.   It was suggested that an evening in November, preferably a Friday, at the same venue, possibly with an earlier eating time, with a similar format would be suitable. 

Mr Gait offered to organise an afternoon social gathering for members to help keep the Society ticking over.

A discussion regarding speakers took place and suggestions included:

·         Asking if any physicians were happy to speak on their reminiscences

·         A medical historian

·         Medical literature ‘Welcome’ prize winner (? very expensive)

·         The possibility of giving a brief talk on the role of the KMS (bursary), and a call to get involved, prior to the meal/talk

·         Bursary recipients to give a presentation



The accounts for the Post-Graduate Medical Society were presented by Dr Martin Lewis, Chairman of the Post-Graduate Medical Society.  These included both interim accounts and full accounts. 

The Birmingham Medical School bursary had been awarded to Karnjit Johal.  The Trustees had awarded a further 2 bursaries to 2 local applicants; Daniel Desogus and Thomas Brookes.  Each received £3,000.  The recipients had sent in reports, which have been posted on the KMS website.  At the last Trustee meeting 3 bursaries of £3,000 each had been awarded to local applicants, as well as the Birmingham Medical School bursary. In order to fund this £10,000 had been withdrawn from the COIF investment account.  Dr Lewis reported that COIF have reduced the interest on investments to around 20%; equalling a loss of approximately £1,200 in annual income. 

It was clarified that the Birmingham Medical Society bursary is awarded on the same basis as the local criteria.  This year it was awarded to someone from Stourport.  If there is no local applicant the bursary is awarded to someone with the greatest need.

8.       Review of the role of the Medical Society

This had been covered above. 

It was agreed to arrange an annual dinner with A pre-dinner summary of the role of the KMS and bursaries.

Invites will be sent to the recipients of the bursaries by Dr Lewis, with a request that they speak to the Society for 5 minutes. C). The electives can talk about what they did on their electives. 


It was agreed younger members are needed. 

It was noted that new GP’s joining practices become members of the KMS by default as practice managers pay the subs as a group. 

A discussion followed regarding officers liability insurance. 




Chris Stretton had emailed Dr Williams seeking reassurance of who would look after the Stretton bust should the KMS fold.  It was understood that the Carpet Museum declined the bust as it was too expensive to insure.  The following points were discussed:

·         Whether it is part of the constitution.

·         Whether it would be included in the resolution of assets.

·         What liability is involved in transferring, for example to the Charles Hastings Education Centre.

·         The need to collate a list of what is owned by the KMS.

·         Whether the bust should stay in the Kidderminster Education Centre as it is the only place that says ‘Kidderminster Medical Society’.

·         Whether it has enough historical worth.

A further discussion ensued regarding what would happen to funds should the KMS fold.  This is not currently envisaged but the thinking is that the funds could transfer to the Trustees of the Post-Graduate Medical Centre who could continue to award bursaries, or pass on the funds to an organisation such as an established medical university like Birmingham, whilst stipulating the current criteria.


a)      Emails sent April and June but no response from either applicant 23/06/2017 (Lisa).  A response was received by Mohammed Hossain in June but not awarded retrospectively halfway through the yea

b)      Dr Lewis to invite bursary recipients – KMS dinner booked for Friday 24th Nov.

c)       Need up-to-date contact list.





Minutes of a Meeting of the Trustees of the Post Graduate Medical Centre

held in the Education Centre on Tuesday 23rd May 2017


PRESENT:  Dr M Lewis (Chairman), Miss J Meggy, Dr J Tudor

          Mr C Waring (Treasurer),                 

1.         APOLOGIES: Dr W Kingston


The minutes of the last meeting were amended at item 5.  Amended to read: The Trustees discussed a previous applicant, Abdul Hasnath, who had a medical sciences degree and wished to specialise in podiatry.  Dr John Tudor expressed an interest as this applicant is a patient of his. 


  1. The Chairman’s report had been circulated to the Trustees and submitted to the Kidderminster Medical Society AGM
  1. The Chairman reported that at the Medical Society AGM it had been agreed to hold a further dinner at the Elms in November 2017, to be followed by the AGM.  There had been no new officers elected. 
  1. Flyers advertising the Medical Society Elective bursary were being sent to the medical schools for applications to be received by October 2017 for the 2017/18 academic year.  Miss Meggy will screen the applications, along with Dr Newrick and Dr Starkie.  Dr Lewis will forward the PGMC Postgraduate Bursary flyer to Miss Meggy for information.
  1. The Chairman had received the second reference for Ben Ryland, and  circulated this to the Trustees, who had agreed to award the bursary. 
  1. A discussion took place as to whether the Trustees could act autonomously should the Medical Society fold.  The original Trustee Deed does not state that the Trustees can make their own decisions, but are answerable to the Medical Society.  It was agreed that legal advice should be sought in the event of the Medical Society folding.  It was queried whether the Medical Society have a constitution.  Lisa was aware of paperwork relating to the Medical Society being held in the Education Centre office and she will have a look through.  Miss Meggy offered to help.


Mr Waring presented the financial report to the Trustees.  A copy will be forwarded to Dr Kingston by the secretary.

The report shows the £10,000 withdrawn from the COIF account, and the Treasurer noted the residual value is still well above the original figure.  Dr Lewis had obtained the actual valuation and this was agreed with.  The Trustees checked the other Trustee accounts.  The secretary was paid her expenses.

            Birmingham University had sent a letter to advise that they were updating their coding system for direct debits and a new code had been applied.  No action was required by the Treasurer.

5.         POSTGRADUATE BURSARY AWARDS for 2017/18

The Chairman proposed that the usual flyer be updated to the next academic year and be placed in the Education Centre, on the KMS website, and circulated to the 31 medical schools.  It was suggested that a ‘Google’ search would pick up from the KMS website.  An up-to-date flyer will be sent to Barrie Davies for the website, and the same will be actioned for the elective bursary. 


The Chairman had received a letter from the bank regarding a direct debit.


There was no other business.


It was agreed that this should be held November/December 2017 on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, but preferably a Monday.  The secretary will arrange nearer the time.





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