The Tenth Annual General Meeting of The Wainwright Society
Saturday 23 March 2013 at 3.00 p.m.
The Village Hall, Staveley
Heavy snow on the previous day took its toll on the numbers of members who attended the 2013 AGM of the Society. However, 61 brave souls defied the conditions to attend the event, held in the Village Hall at Staveley.
Before the main event, Mike Douglas, Project Officer for Uplands for Juniper was due to address members with an update of progress. However, he, too, was unable to attend due to the weather conditions, which had made travelling extremely hazardous. However, at the last minute, Michelle Waller, Senior Development Officer for Cumbria Wildlife Trust stepped in to give members a report about the progress made during the past year.
She told the meeting that the £10,000 raised for the project by sales of the Society Calendar had attracted 10:1 matched funding from two landfill schemes. This made the donation worth £100,000. This money had allowed a re-survey of all the stands of juniper recorded in a 1970’s survey. This showed that the health of the juniper trees had declined over the past 40 years.
These trees are hosts for over forty species of bugs and insects and are very important in maintaining the rich diversity of the ecology of the Cumbrian fells. But, Michelle reported that 47 volunteers, under the direction of Mike Thomas, have already replanted 3000 juniper saplings with the result that the long-term future viability of juniper is now more secure.
Michelle was given a warm round of applause and thanked by Society Development Officer, John Bewick for her presentation. Jenny Whalley, on behalf of the Society, presented a cheque of £12,000 to Michelle Waller. This represents the total sum raised during 2012 for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, our main beneficiary.
The AGM commenced at 3 p.m. and as neither the Chairman nor Secretary had managed to attend the meeting, the Treasurer, John Pulford took the Chair. In his report, the Chairman highlighted the achievements of the past year including the Light the Wainwrights charity event, the 60-50-40 Challenge, the acquisition of Wainwright’s Notebook, gifted to the Cumbria Archive Centre at Kendal, the replacement of the View Indicator on Orrest Head and the 10th Anniversary weekend in November, which included the annual Memorial Lecture by Alan Hinkes and the 10th Anniversary party.
Following the Chairman’s report, there was the annual election of Officers of the Society. This year, Peter Linney, has decided to retire from his post as Secretary. Sadly, Peter was not able to attend the AGM, but his retirement will be marked at a future Society event.
There were also reports about Society Membership, Society Development, Finance, Publicity and Events. Derek Cockell discussed the Society’s criteria for conducting future campaigns and members were advised of the Society statement about the proposal to site a nuclear waste repository in West Cumbria. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chairman thanked members for attending.
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