CPRE Hampshire AGM 2023 takes place
It was great to see a ‘full house’ at the first in person AGM since Covid and lovely to meet up with fellow members and Trustees.
The CPRE Hampshire President, the Earl of Malmesbury welcomed everyone to the event held at Sparsholt Rural Business Centre on Saturday 13th May. Margaret Paren, CPRE Hampshire Chair, then updated the audience with the successes and achievements of 2022/23 and outlined the priorities for the charity going forward.
This theme was picked up by Alison Talbot, Operations Manger, who presented the 2023/24 Business Plan detailing the priorities and projects for the next two years. Copies are available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The volunteer talk was given by Moya Gove, who highlighted the work of the CPRE Hampshire Water Focus Group, drawing attention to the urgent need to link planning decisions to water.
The formal part of the AGM saw the election of two new young Trustees to the Board:
Nat Wood, from a Hampshire farming background, who has studied Environmental Science at Reading and now works for Vitacress. Nat will be supporting our work on ELMS (Environmental Land Management).
Simon Beethan, also from a farming background, now a solicitor with Moore Barlow, specilaising in rural work.
Following the formal AGM, the Hampshire Countryside Awards were launched with a short speech from Ulrike Maccariello from Hastoe Housing, one of the Award sponsors.
The specially made ‘Countryside Cake ‘was cut and awards and the following people thanked:
Mandy Roberts for her work as finance and administrator for the charity.
Martin Gillie was presented with a national CPRE volunteer award and medal.
Jo Ward was presented with some flowers for her help with the Countryside Awards.
Thank you to everyone who attended.