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CPRE Wiltshire AGM 2018

The CPRE Wiltshire Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 18th June 2018 at Sarum College, Salisbury and was followed by two interesting talks: one from Crispin Truman, Chief Executive of CPRE and one from Henry Oliver, Director of the North Wessex Downs AONB.   Click "Read more ..." to read an extract from the draft Minutes and brief summaries of the two talks.

18 JUNE 2018
In the absence of the President due to family commitments, the Vice President, George McDonic, gave a brief address.  He spoke about: the value of AONBs and noted that extensions to them were being considered; the continuing expansion of towns (often into villages); the need for CPRE to monitor the next series of 5-year housing targets and proposals for more new towns; and the absence of a Government response to the UNESCO report on Stonehenge road schemes.
The Chairman highlighted the following points from her report which had been circulated before the AGM:
The very important need for good communication.
The value of our website.  She encouraged grass roots input to it.
The value of our Twitter account.
The vital need for sponsorship, especially for events.  She appealed to all members to identify potential sponsors.
The need to be proactive, especially in planning and strategic matters.
The Treasurer highlighted the following points from his report which had also been circulated:
Last financial year’s excess of income over expenditure in our operating budget and the increase in value of our investments.
The low financial cost of our campaigning, although a large amount of voluntary work had been carried out.
The thanks due to Geraldine White and Mike Manson for their work in finding sponsorship, organising events, keeping administrative costs low and also for their pro-bono work.
The thanks due to Rosalind Ambler for her work in editing and producing Wiltshire Voice.
Our falling membership, which needed to be reversed to enable more voluntary work, to find more Trustees and to increase income.
The need for sponsorship for Wiltshire Voice and for the BKVC.
The strong preference for the use of online banking rather than using cheques.
The Treasurer asked for the accounts to be accepted.  This was proposed by Lis Williams, seconded by John Kirkman and approved unanimously.
The Chairman then thanked Mike Napper for his considerable work as Treasurer.
Re-elections of Trustees; proposed by Charmian Spickernell, seconded by Lis Williams.
Election of Trustees; proposed by Mike Napper, seconded by John Kirkman.
Election of Michael Hodges as a Trustee.  Proposed by Anne Henshaw, seconded by Charmian Spickernell.
Election of Auditor.  Phil Chow proposed by Lis Williams, seconded by Charmian Spickernell and approved unanimously.
Crispin Truman spoke about the following issues:
What CPRE stands for.
Historically CPRE has much of which to be proud.
CPRE’s concern that countryside and the environment were no longer spoken about in conjunction with the prominent national issues of culture and health.
The disappointing democratic deficit following lots of voluntary work.
The need to adopt a positive and holistic approach, when campaigning about new developments.
A future people-focussed approach, using the CPRE branch and member networks.  National Office would be supporting local recruiting initiatives and brand campaigning.
CPRE’s situation in the middle of environmental, planning and communications spaces.
CPRE National Office’s main efforts in 2018:
o Broadening our appeal (through the Purpose project).
o Integrated, focussed campaigning, with higher profiles.
o Working together and better.
Henry Oliver showed a short video covering features of the NWD AONB and then spoke about the following:
The geology of NWD, explaining how they were formed over hundreds of millions of years and how this determined the features that we see today.
The ecology of the NWD.
The historic impact of people on the NWD.
Special habitats for plants and wildlife.
The roles of the NWD AONB in: planning, ecology, communities, recruiting, the rural economy, arts and culture, enhancing beauty, and raising awareness.
The conflicting pressures on planning.
Working with farmers to enhance conservation, making better use of the £Billions available to benefit many groups.
Raising awareness.

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