Valley Conservation Society AGM 2020
Another big turnout for Valley Conservation Society’s AGM on Saturday 14 February 2020.
It was great to see over 40 VCS members, friends and families who came along to the Elling Court day centre in February to hear a round up of our work over the last year.
Our Chairman Bryn opened the meeting. We were particularly pleased to welcome some new members and see some of the younger generation starting to take an interest in the Society.
Bryn talked us through the Society’s work and achievements of the last year. We heard about further improvements and maintenance in Crisbrook Meadow, the ponds and surrounding woodland, and the work we have done with our neighbours at Hayle Park. Bryn also spoke about the tragic break in and theft of the Society’s power tools which happened last summer. Although the theft was a terrible setback, the help and support we have received since has highlighted how many good friends we have. Bryn thanked everyone for their support, noting the Society now has over 500 members.
Dennis told us how the Society has generated generated income through fund-raising, grants and donations. Donations from members and ‘gift aid’ claimed through Local Giving has been particularly successful over the past year.
Alan explained how the Society keeps a close eye on planning and development applications which affect the conservation area. As a local conversation group, we have had some success making submissions or opposing planning applications which we believe would lead to development which is not in keeping with the area or is too intensive.
Terry reported on the Society’s accounts. He noted we received almost double the income as we did last year. However, this was balanced with increased expenditure, particularly the specialist removal of a number of large trees which had become dangerous and were overhanging Hayle Mill Road.
John updated us on the Society’s use of social media. The Facebook page has continued to be successful, highlighting our work with over 500 people now ‘following’ VCS. The website has been updated and new content is being added to give visitors more information about the Society and its work.
Our constitution requires the election of a new committee at the AGM. Having been reelected as Chairman for a further year, Bryn was delighted to find the remainder of the committee were prepared to stand for another year. We were all elected unopposed.
There was an enthusiastic question and answer session at the end of the meeting. A number of members raised questions, discussed issues and concerns and commented on the Society’s work. This was followed by tea, coffee and biscuits with members chatting in small groups.
It was good to see so many friends and supporters at the meeting. If you’d like to join the society and help support our work click the button below to find out more.