Charity recognises Hampshire countryside volunteers at annual meeting

6th May 2021

CPRE Hampshire, the countryside charity took the occasion of its Annual General Meeting on 24 April to recognise the special contribution of some of its long-standing volunteers.

Volunteers from Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor and the Test Valley were awarded certificates for their positive contributions and achievements ranging from knowledge and expertise in specialist subjects to long service.

Dee Haas, Chair, said: ‘Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do and are able to achieve. We currently have around 115 volunteers and counting! We would like to say a very big congratulations to all of our awardees and a huge thank you for their dedication and commitment in supporting CPRE Hampshire.’

In Basingstoke and Deane:

  • Valerie Bedford was recognised for her tireless commitment and support in providing delicious refreshments for numerous North Hampshire District Group fundraising events over many years.
  • Peter Bedford, a former CPRE Hampshire Chairman, has raised thousands of pounds over many years for CPRE Hampshire, championing the importance of raising funds and leading the North Hampshire District Group on highly successful fundraisers. His generosity of spirit contributed to a successful and loyal group.
  • Nevil Wilson, a former CPRE Hampshire trustee has made an enormous contribution to the activities of CPRE Hampshire’s North Hampshire District Group. From writing responses to inappropriate planning applications to selling raffle tickets at events, he was a key member of the group over a considerable number of years, first becoming involved as Secretary in the year 2000. We are very sad to report that Nevil sadly passed away on 2 May aged 93.

In Hart and Rushmoor: 

  • Philip Todd has made an enormous contribution as planning lead for CPRE Hampshire’s North East Hampshire District Group, having become involved over 25 years ago.

In the Test Valley:

  • Moya Grove from the Test Valley District Group for her stalwart support of CPRE Hampshire’s volunteer-led Planning and Policy Group, monitoring and leading responses on the topic of water, sewage, and the protection of Hampshire’s sensitive chalk streams.
  • John Moon from the Test Valley District Group for his in-depth knowledge of numerous quantitative and statistical factors that relate to housing and planning which he has brought to excellent use on both local matters for CPRE Hampshire, and to national issues affecting the whole country.

CPRE Hampshire President, the Earl of Malmesbury thanked everyone involved with the charity for their efforts to strive to keep Hampshire beautiful. He extended his very grateful thanks for the leadership of Dee Haas who is stepping down as Chair later this year having completed her six-year term. In her update on campaigning and influencing over the year, Dee Haas highlighted the growing public support for the countryside and an exciting new hedgerows restoration project.

Simon Murray, Chair of the national Board of CPRE, gave a talk on countrywide priorities and emphasised CPRE’s strength as a widespread grassroots organisation, bringing together people with different interests in the countryside and with the key blend of the national vision and local focus.

CPRE Hampshire’s annual presentation

CPRE Hampshire members and supporters attending the charity’s 2nd virtual AGM on 24 April 2021 Nicola Revolta
Children climbing in the New Forest