The BHS and Maureen Comber
How the BHS treats somebody who has been a loyal, dedicated and hard-working member for over 50 years.
It is now 13 days since the BHS shamefully dismissed Maureen Comber after more than 50-years of dedicated and hard-working service.
Still no regret.
Still no sympathy.
Still no apology.
How long can the BHS continue to behave in this disgraceful manner?
Other hard-working BHS members and volunteers beware. This is obviously the way you are going to be treated one day.
British Horse Society
How the BHS treats somebody who has been a loyal,
dedicated and hard-working member for over 50 years.
Because Maureen Comber was such a strong, independent representative of BHS members, Hampshire County Council arbitrarily refused to listen to her. They simply refused to do business with her. They ex-communicated her.
There was no debate, no discussion and, amazingly in a democratic society, no opportunity to appeal.
What did the BHS do?
Did they fight to protect their representative?
Did they strongly object to the action taken by the Council?
Did they appeal for independent arbitration to sort out the situation?
NO. NO. NO.
Not a single one of the BHS Officers supported her.
Not a single Trustee supported her.
Not even a single member of the staff supported her.
THE BHS BACKED HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
WORSE STILL, THE BHS HAMPSHIRE COMMITTEE BLINDLY FOLLOWED INSTRUCTIONS FROM BHS HEAD OFFICE
They dismissed Maureen Comber without any acknowledgement of the time she had devoted to the BHS for over 50-years.
They didn't even bother to thank her.
Here are the minutes of the July meeting of the BHS Hampshire Committee which starkly reveals their attitude.
Other hard-working BHS members and volunteers beware.
This is obviously the way you are going to be treated one day
"I must request you remove these minutes in their full and abbreviated forms, and any reference to them, from horseytalk.net with immediate effect."
As you may or may not be aware, committee members may not undertake the dissemination and publication of such minutes in this way. Committee minutes are not public documents and should not be shared beyond the committee without prior agreement. As per our Operational Framework, we have a principle of transparency and BHS members should be able to access information regarding what is happening in their area and why. These minutes were not prepared with the expectation that they would be shared beyond the committee and expressly not with the purpose to be shared beyond our membership.
I must therefore request you remove these minutes in their full and abbreviated forms, and any reference to them, from horseytalk.net with immediate effect. The BHS is liaising separately with Maureen as necessary.
The British Horse Society
Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth
Warwickshire CV8 2XZ
Telephone: 02476 840505
Horseytalk.net has no intention of removing
the Minutes with or without immediate effect !
Plenty of institutions far more important than the BHS reveal the Minutes of their meetings.
Or is the BHS putting itself on the same level as MI5, the CIA or even the late unlamented KGB?
The fact that the BHS is demanding Horseytalk.net removes the Minutes of the BHS Hampshire County Council Committee raises other questions
Why shouldn't ALL members of the BHS be allowed to read ALL the minutes of All the meetings taking place throughout the BHS - locally, regionally, nationally?
The BHS after all belongs to its members not to a tiny, secret, tight-knit, self-serving bureaucracy.
It is BHS members who fund the BHS.
BHS members should be allowed to know what is and what is not going on throughout the organisation.
The BHS should be transparent and accountable from top to bottom otherwise people may think officials have something to hide.
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