I AM very sorry to have to write this letter because, as stated by Ann Chapman, the acting chairman of Age Concern Ealing, the organisation does a lot of good work in the borough.

The meeting referred to in her letter was an extraordinary general meeting which took place on February 3, five months ago. The members have heard nothing since, although we were told at the time that there would be an annual general meeting (AGM) in a few weeks.

The mismanagement and poor governance of the organisation since 2005 was highlighted in a letter to the Gazette a fortnight ago.

I am not a member of Concerned About Age Concern Ealing, but I am nevertheless very concerned about the present situation.

The meeting on February 3 was abandoned when the acting chairman failed to get sufficient votes. I then explained to the members that, according to the articles and memorandum, there was no reason why we should still not vote for those wishing to stand as trustees, and they could then choose themselves a chairman, to act in this post until the AGM. However, it was then again decided to close and abandon the meeting.

There are experienced people in the voluntary sector prepared to stand as trustees and to help in sorting out this vital organisation for the elderly in the borough.

I know the present trustees have been getting legal advice, but surely it does not take five months? When are we going to hear anything about what is going on?

The members are entitled to call an extraordinary general meeting according to article nine, and I expect this will be asked for very shortly.


EALING Name and address supplied