AGM 27th April 2023

The Barbican Association Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given of the

2023 Annual General Meeting 

Thursday 27 April, 2023, 7.00pm – 9.30pm

City of London School for Girls

St. Giles’s Terrace, off the junction of Wood Street and Fore Street, London EC2Y


1.         Claire Spencer Chief Executive Barbican Arts Centre

2.         Update on the BA’s work during the year

3.         Members’ questions

4.         Treasurer’s report

5.         Election of:


                        Honorary auditor

                        Nine General Council members

6.         Proposed change to the Constitution that RCC chair is a member of the GC

7.         Any other business

Socialising: wine and soft drinks will be served

The main decision-making body of the Association is the BA General Council, which consists of nine members and the honorary treasurer, elected at the AGM, along with representatives of affiliated house groups. The General Council meets about every two months. At the AGM existing council members stand down, and if there are more than nine candidates for election, a secret ballot is held at the meeting and the results declared at the meeting.

Both the honorary treasurer and auditor (the latter is not a member of the general council) are elected at the AGM. Other officers are appointed by the members of the general council at its first meeting following the AGM.

Please send details of any issues you would like discussed at the AGM to Adam Hogg (

Written nominations for the elected positions must be submitted (form enclosed) to Ted Reilly Deputy Chair no later than Tuesday 25 April 2023 via email

Candidates must be proposed and seconded, and the candidate must indicate that he or she is willing to stand.

Notification of representatives of affiliated house groups should reach the Deputy Chair no later than Tuesday 25 April 2023 via email


Membership is available on the door (£5)

Membership Stats – November 2022

Hi Everyone.

I just thought that I would share the current membership statistics. As you may, or may not, know, our status as the Recognised Tenants Association for the Barbican is contingent on us actually representing enough of the “tenants” for our landlord, the City, to “recognise” us as an “association”. Fortunately, there are currently enough of us for that to be so.

Accounts1192Current membership accounts.
Flats1137Flats with registered members.
Members1957People registered to accounts.
Emailable accounts1061Accounts for which we have at least 1 member’s email address
Emailable members1192Members we have email addresses for
% Emailable accounts89.01%
% Emailable members60.91%
Across the whole estate
Andrewes House1929951.56%
Ben Jonson House2049848.04%
Blake Tower742939.19%
Brandon Mews261246.15%
Breton House1114237.84%
Bryer Court562646.43%
Bunyan Court693753.62%
Cromwell Tower1116861.26%
Defoe House17810357.87%
Frobisher Crescent693652.17%
Gilbert House885360.23%
John Trundle Court1335339.85%
Lambert Jones Mews8562.50%
Lauderdale Tower1177261.54%
Mountjoy House644367.19%
Seddon House753952.00%
Shakespeare Tower1157666.09%
Speed House1145649.12%
The Postern10660.00%
Thomas More House16610261.45%
Willoughby House1486946.62%
Individual Blocks

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New Membership Form

We are rocking a brand new membership form!

The new membership form had been produced to allow separate email addresses and phone numbers for each member, and the ability to sign up for the BA email blast directly from the form.

This replaces the old form, and so you can find it where the old form used to be in the Membership section of the website.

Edit: Remember to look in the FAQ if you have any questions.

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September 2021 RTA Membership Size

This is the current RTA membership for September 2021. It is a little different from simple membership. Each flat can have more than one account (an off-site and an on-site), and each account can have multiple members.

Here we only concern ourselves with the number of flats that have at least one account. So, one person in a flat counts as one member flat. Likewise, two accounts with five people in each also counts as one member flat.

BlockFlatsMember FlatsPercentage
Andrewes House1929549%
Ben Jonson House2049748%
Blake Tower742939%
Brandon Mews261350%
Breton House1113935%
Bryer Court562545%
Bunyan Court693348%
Cromwell Tower1116861%
Defoe House17810358%
Frobisher Crescent694058%
Gilbert House885057%
John Trundle Court1335441%
Lambert Jones Mews8563%
Lauderdale Tower1177262%
Mountjoy House644164%
Seddon House754155%
Shakespeare Tower1157162%
Speed House1145447%
The Postern10660%
Thomas More House16610060%
Willoughby House1486745%
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Membership Standing Orders

Your membership will be processed faster if:

  • You fill in the form and email it to us; or
  • You fill in the form and post it to us.

You membership will be processed slower if:

  • You set up your own standing order rather than using the form or emailing us first.

Specifically, creating a standing order with a reference, such as, “BA Membership”, or, “BA FEE”, is actually useless to us for identifying your payment out of the several thousand that we receive every year. It will actually slow us down, and therefore slow down the processing of your membership.

The paper membership form includes a section for a standing order mandate. This is a piece of paper that we will present to a member’s bank to set up a standing order to pay us. The standing orders are visible to us as lines on our statement saying who’s paid us and how much. However, much of this information is carefully mangled by the bank so that the specifics of who’s paid us are often not readily apparent. Sometimes it is as helpful as say, “SMITH J”, which is to say, not particularly helpful. Often though it will be something more like, “SMI J”, or “SM+HA J” for a joint account. Which means that it is completely useless.

Fortunately, banks also allow a reference to be used which can contain arbitrary text. We take advantage of this by having a blank reference field on the paper standing order, which we then fill in with the membership number of the new account. So, the aforementioned joint account becomes “SM+HA J BA000731”. Suddenly, the information becomes readily available, and easily discerned. In fact, with the magic of some Excel handiness, I can extract and match the statement lines to the members account automatically.

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