BHS Members - There is an important meeting planned for 5 Jan 2019. This was announced via a very small enclosure in the recent magazine. In my opinion, this is the latest set of changes in a strategy spanning several years to centralise control, weaken the role of members and reduce democracy. The proposed changes to the constitution may appear minor but are significant. Given that there is no longer any requirement for AGMs, the proposed increase in the number of members required to call an EGM will make it quite difficult for members to call a meeting. Another proposed change to the constitution requires candidates for Trustee to be approved by the Nominations Committee. FYI -Two well known, respected qualified members were recently deemed unsuitable. Check the public information about the industrial tribunals for respected senior staff members dismissed in the past 3 years including that of a "whistleblower" who was then dismissed. Her "whistle blowing" letter was not circulated to the Board. When the accounts are finally published, we should be able to see the impact of the legal fees and settlements on the bottom line. Members - please look into what has been happening. In my opinion, there are serious questions to be asked regarding both the leadership and the governance of the charity.