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HMVC – Concert dates 2024

by Brian Holmes

January/February

No dates arranged. DM away Wednesday 31 January to Monday 19 February

Half term holiday: Monday 12 February 2024 to Friday 16 February 2024

March

Saturday 16th – Harrogate Competitive Festival.

Venue:  Harrogate High School, Ainsty Road, Harrogate, HG1 4AP.

Time:  6pm

Easter holiday: Monday 25 March 2024 to Friday 5 April 2024

April

Saturday 13th – Harrogate Choir Festival.

Venue:  Royal Hall, Harrogate.

Time: 7pm.

May

No dates will be arranged due to RK commitments. April 8th to 30th for rehearsal with performance May 1st to 12th

Half term: Monday 27 May 2024 to Friday 31 May 2024

June

Saturday 8th – HMVC Concert to raise funds for the Harrogate Civic Society.

Venue:  United Reformed Church West Park, Harrogate.

July

Saturday 6th – HMVC ‘Sing Out’ Annual Concert with Dacre Braithwaite and Oatlands Primary Schools.

Venue:  Harrogate Grammer School, HG2 0DZ

(A short concert at each school prior to this event may be arranged).

Term ends: Monday 22 July 2024

Summer Break

September Rehearsals commence on the 3rd. No dates arranged.

October.

Saturday 12th – HMVC Joint Concert with the ‘Ryelarks’.

Venue:  Starbeck Methodist Church, Harrogate.

Time:  7.30pm

Half term holiday: Monday 28 October 2024 to Friday 1 November 2024

November No dates arranged

December No dates arranged

HMVC Subscriptions 2023-24 now DUE.

by Brian Holmes

As agreed at the recent AGM, subscriptions for the coming year will be held at £130.

These subscriptions are now DUE.

Payment may be made by cheque to HMVC (hand or post to Ian Ibbotson) or by bank transfer to:

NatWest Account No 30626854

Sort Code 60-12-26

Reference:  Your Name.

Payment at the latest before the Christmas break will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Policy on Uniforms

by Brian Holmes

HMVC  Policy on Uniforms

This document explains the position of members who received new uniforms in 2019 for the 50 year’s anniversary concert, and summarises the discussions and decisions made by the Committee on this subject since August 2021.

Members who joined before May 2019

All members in 2019 received full new uniforms (trousers, jacket, shirt and tie) paid for

by our sponsors at that time , CNG.  These uniforms are deemed to be the property of

HMVC and are currently valued at £140 each.  There are a number of spare items in each category which are being administered by Ian Ibbotson.

Some members who have left the choir since that time have returned the uniform suits

and trousers which have been dry-cleaned, stored and added to our stock.

Storage has proved to be a problem however, and at a meeting in on 25th January 2022 it was decided that uniforms should no longer be “recycled” but should be given to retiring members who could be asked for a voluntary donation to choir funds.

New Members since 1st February 2022

This has so far been administered on an “ad hoc” basis depending on whether  a “recycled” jacket and trousers fitted a new member, whether they came from new stock or had to be purchased.

As from 1st February 2022, new members will be asked to contribute half the cost of purchase of their uniform, the balance from choir funds.  Contributions may be paid in instalments over 2 years.

If the new member chooses to be issued with a part uniform recycled from a retiring member, there will be no charge for that item, any new pieces to be at half cost.

New items issued from choir stock will be charged at current replacement cost.

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Personal data protection policy

by Brian Holmes

Harrogate Male Voice Choir

Personal Data Protection Policy

What we hold and on who: Choir number, given and surnames, telephone numbers (land and/or mobile), address, emergency contact number (1 or 2), year of joining. (see the example at the end of this document).  To see what we hold about you now, simply ask the Membership Representative for a full print out of your data. This data is held for our President, Director, Accompanists and all Singers who pay a subscription.

Why we hold it: to let the officers of the choir contact members and efficiently run the choir’s business.

Who has access to your data:  The Membership Representative keeps and updates the choir’s recordselectronically and supplies all/parts of the data to officers of the choir as they need it to do their jobs – he is responsible for GDPR and reporting any breaches.  None of the data held is supplied to anybody outside the choir, in any form.

How your data is currently held:  currently the full data set is held in an Excell spreadsheet, password protected and encrypted.  It is on the hard-drives of the Membership Representative and Committee Secretary. The only formal paper record currently used is a list of all members’ names and their emergency contact numbers – this is held with the First Aid kit under the control of our First Aiders.  Other officers receive electronic information and have the discretion to print it to do their specific jobs.  

Updating personal records:  from time to time (currently annually) you will be asked to check the data that we hold for you, so that our records can be corrected and updated.  This Policy and the exact form of your records will be kept under review by the Committee, and updated to keep abreast of current technology and the Committee’s needs.

Data Manipulation: no manipulation of the data takes place other than extracting subsets of it to supply the needs of the choir’s officers.

How long we keep your data: your data is kept while you are a member.  When you leave, your name and all your information is removed.  The Treasurer is required to keep some of your details for 6 years after your last Gift Aid donation to the choir – but this is a legally required tax record separate from the choir’s spreadsheet.  Your details may by chance persist in saved emails and historic records (on memory sticks and such like) but after you leave the choir, we will have no sure way of contacting you!

Committee’s Privacy Assumption:  the Committee assumes that none of the information the choir holds is of itself so private that it should not be shared with other members of the choir.  For example, in the membership section of the choir’s web site there is a full list of personal telephone numbers of all choir members. Ask us to remove any such sensitive information from our records.

Committee’s Assumption of Consent: the Committee assumes that all members who joined the choir before the GDPR came into existence (2018) agreed at that time that their records could be held and used.  Those joining since have signed the form to explicitly state that they also consent (and the year that they did this is in the data).  The Membership Representative will NOT keep the paper records of signatures, but simply enter the year into the spreadsheet in which assent was seen to be given.  If you do not consent to this, tell the Membership Representative so now.

YOUR RIGHTS TO YOUR DATA: you have a right to see what data we hold about you, to have any of it corrected and any of it removed from our records.  If you have any concerns about your data or the choir’s handling of any data issues, please raise them in first instance with the Membership Representative, and if you are not happy with the response, with the Chairman of the Committee verbally and/or in writing.

16th May 2023  Membership Representative Tom Holland    

HMVC Member Reviews

by Brian Holmes

We hold a number of ‘Member Reviews’ which can be found in the ‘Join Us’ Section in the main body of the website.  We urgently need some new reviews to replace the existing ones which have been on the site for a long time.  Please send your reviews to Brian Holmes via e-mail to be checked before being placed on the website.

Website News

by Brian Holmes

All future Concert dates and venues can be found in the main body of the website in the ‘Hear Us’ Section headed ‘Event Diary’ which is available to the general public.  Additional information relevant to members only e.g. pre-concert rehearsal times can be obtained by going to the ‘Members Only’ Section, Choir Diary and then clicking on the appropriate date for the concert eg 16th Dec:

For any faults or difficulties encountered whilst using the website, please E-mail (br_holmes41@btinternet.com) you don’t need to wait for a Tuesday night (you may have forgotten your problem by then! or I may not be there) and we don’t want anyone to have an excuse for not doing their practise!!!

 

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