County and Office News
The 2015 AGM will be held at 11am Itchin Abbas & Avington Village Hall (CPRE Hampshire) on Friday 24th April. It will be followed by a talk by Su Sayer CBE, CPRE Chair on ‘CPRE’s successes and why protecting the countryside is important’. See the AGM Agenda (PDF). For approval is a revised constitution (PDF) as CPRE Hampshire seeks to convert to a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation).
Farewell Becky, Hello Nicola (August 2014)
Our development officer, Becky French, is currently on maternity leave until August 2015. In her place, we welcome Nicola Revolta, Temporary Development Officer.
Nicola’s experience includes marketing contract work for visitor attraction, Beaulieu, in the New Forest and General Manager of Proteus Theatre Company in Basingstoke. Keen to return to the charity sector and to work for an environmental cause, Nicola says “The chance to help increase awareness and support for the work of the CPRE in standing up for our countryside is one that's simply too good to miss!”.
Nicola is from Hampshire and lives in Winchester, where she discovered CPRE Hampshire and soon became a member along with her husband, Duncan.
Chairman's Message (Dee Haas, April 2014)
Since becoming chairman on January 1st I have been able to get to know some of the very impressive and able people who form the backbone of our Hampshire Branch of the CPRE. I can’t help feeling that we under-sell ourselves. Sir Andrew Motion summed it up on his visit when he said that, as a charity, we punch above our weight. We have some very hardworking and knowledgeable people working at the coalface and we are producing some well-informed documents. What we need now is to raise our profile within the County - both at a public level and within Local Authorities.
Read the full article from our Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter
Update from the Director (April 2014)
With just over a year in post Michael Rescorle gives an update in our Spring/Summer 2014 newsletter on changes at the office - both changes of personnel and a move of office. He welcomes our new chairman, Dee Haas, and comments on the visit by CPRE President Sir Andrew Motion. Fund-raising is identified as an ongoing challenge.
Read the full article
Dee Haas takes over as chairman
We are delighted to announce that Mrs Dee Haas has taken over as chairman from 1st January 2014. Dee was brought up in rural Devon and has always been passionate about the countryside. A resident of Ellisfield in North Hampshire, Dee is known locally for her campaigning to raise awareness of the visual impacts of inappropriate developments on greenfield sites. She takes over at a time of enormous pressure on Hampshire's delightful countryside.
See press release (6 Jan 2014)
New Faces and Chairman's Update
CPRE Hampshire has announced the appointment of two new trustees - Dee Haas and Edward Dawson. We also say farewell to Jo George, our administrator. Our chairman, Peter Bedford, urges that our planners listen to the wishes of our local communities. As he says: "The work of CPRE Hampshire requires constant vigilance to protect our precious countryside.
New President: The Earl of Malmesbury
The Earl of Malmesbury was elected as the new President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (Hampshire) in May this year. In an article to CPRE members he cites the challenge of reconciling town and country: “It will always be a matter of balance, but I am so happy that there is a CPRE to give a voice to rural England".
A Year of Challenges and Progress
Christopher Napier, chair of Planning and Policy, presented a review of the year for CPRE Hampshire at its Annual General Meeting on 28th May 2013. Planning featured heavily in his talk, with topics such as the National Planning Policy Framework, Local Plans (district and city councils) and Community Planning. Also covered were finances, membership and staff changes.
New Leadership, CPRE Hampshire
Following the retirement of Anthony McEwen, CPRE Hampshire is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Rescorle as CPRE Hampshire Director. On his appoinment he said:
"As a son of a Cornish farmer and an enthusiastic user of our countryside for walking, cycling, fishing and general sightseeing, I fully support everything CPRE has done and is doing to ensure our beautiful countryside is preserved and enhanced. The countryside is invaluable."
The following are items of news affecting how CPRE Hampshire is organised and about developments at the county office and changes of staff.
- Director's Review. Director Anthony McEwen reviews the past year. Topics include planning, partnerships, funding and membership (May 2012)
- New from Bridgetts Farm Office. Jo George provides updates about our website, our Facebook page and ways you can support us. (May 2012)
- Membership information. Welcome to new members. Securing our future. (May 2012)
- Setting Course for the Future. Director Anthony McEwen describes the results of a one day workshop which explored the challenges and opportunities for CPRE Hampshire (April 2011)
- Update from County Office. Jo George highlights what's kept the team busy recently, including organising events, managing membership and the '500 club' (April 2011)
- Director's Progress Report. Anthony McEwen reflect on his progress and ambitions aftger his first six months in the post (December 2010)
- A Note From Becky.... An update on changes to the local groups structure, campaigning successes and opportunities for volunteering (Spring 2010)
- All Change at the Branch Office. Details of the retirement of Pam Mason, the move to Bridgett's Farm and the apppointment of Anthony McEwen as our new Director and Joanne George as our new administrator (June 2010)
- John Venning - A Tribute. The untimely death of our chairman and how his work continues to help CPRE Hampshire (November 2009)
- Office News by Becky French. Comments on our new Countryside & Design Awards, the launch of the newsletter and the challenge of fundraising (April 2009)
- Lucy Stirling, our new fund-rasier. Lucy provides a profile of herself and her task to develop a fund-raising plan for CPRE Hampshire (April 2009)