Based on proposals raised, discussed and supported by attendees at the 2013 AGM, Association subscriptions were raised to a recommended level of £20. They had been at the previous level of £10 for many years and reasons for the increase are set out below. So far, only a handful of Kitchener Scholars have increased their subscriptions to the new level.
We would therefore be most grateful, assuming you have not done so already, if you would please amend your standing orders for 1 October to the sum of £20. Current undergraduate scholars should continue to pay £1 per year whilst still at University. If you have now graduated, please increase your subscription to the new recommended £20. If you use internet banking, please set up your standing order to be paid on 1 October 2015 and thereafter annually for £20 to:
The Kitchener Scholars Association
Sort Code: 60 03 25
Account Number: 03808742
If you do not use internet banking, please click on this link to download a standing order form, then print and complete the form and send it to me: Mr J Ryder, Treasurer KSA, 177 Bowerdean Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6XP
If you do not feel that you are currently able to afford the increase in subscription, please continue to pay the former level of £10.
If you currently pay your subscription on a day other than 1 October, we would also be grateful if you would amend your standing order accordingly to bring it in line with that date.
The decision to increase subscriptions was not just based on the fact that they had been set at £10 for so long and were therefore being eroded by inflation. We have asked for the increased subscription in order that we can continue to best promote fellowship amongst all Kitchener Scholars in the following ways:
We have a fantastic new professionally designed website, with the aim of keeping all scholars fully up-to-date with forthcoming events, promoting the Association and the Fund and helping ‘lost’ scholars make contact with the Association. For this, we have to meet website hosting and maintenance costs. For scholars who may not use the internet and for those who have not yet elected to receive their newsletter by email, we also have to meet the costs of printing and posting the newsletter.
In order to build a strong link with new scholars, we wish to continue to strongly-subsidise their attendance at their first Annual Dinner and for them to be personally presented with their certificates of Scholarship. We also wish to encourage continued attendance by scholars after leaving university by subsidising those under 30 years of age.
We also wish to build greater fellowship between non-London based scholars and are aiming to subsidise events taking place in different places around the country – the first of these will be in Bristol in November. Do please contact us if you would like the committee’s support in organising an event in your area.
As the 100th Anniversary of the Death of the First Lord Kitchener approaches in 2016, we plan a number of high-profile events to commemorate this important occasion, the organisation of which is likely to incur some significant additional costs.
Kitchener Scholars Association
LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER is a new kind of war memorial, made only of words and by thousands of people.
The memorial is being created by Neil Bartlett and Kate Pullinger, inspired by the statue on Platform One of Paddington Station, which features a statue of an ordinary soldier in battle dress, reading a letter.
Everyone is invited to stop, think, and write him a letter. What would you say to the soldier if you were writing to him now?
The website is open now to receive letters. From 28 June and up until 4 August, all letters received will be published online.
They will be featured alongside letters written by writers like Stephen Fry, Andrew Motion, Sheila Hancock and Malorie Blackman.
The entire collection will be archived online at The British Library and kept in perpetuity for generations to come.
We would just like to remind you all to please keep in touch with us. We love hearing about any sabbaticals, personal challenges, career and educational successes. It is always fantastic to hear about the proud achievements that you have accomplished throughout your lives.
We also ask that scholars pay £20 a year to the Kitchener Scholars’ Association. The subscription provides you with the opportunity to attend our 3 annual events; 2 of these events are free to attend. Your annual subscription also subsidises a new scholar’s Awards Dinner ticket where scholars still in education can network with other scholars and receive their certificates.
The Kitchener Scholars’ Association.
Dear Kitchener Scholar
The committee would like to announce the date for this year's AGM as the 18th June at 7pm.
Normally our AGM would have been held on the night of the annual dinner but the committee agreed the evening should focus on new scholars receiving their certificates.
The venue will be at the Goat Tavern, 3 Stafford Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4RP where historically committee meetings used to be held.
I hope to see you there.