Chairman’s report April 2014

Apologies that due to holidays this wasn’t posted until May 5th.

Chair Jean Pearson with David Wilson, Area Countryside Officer
Chair Jean Pearson with David Wilson, Area Countryside Officer

Today (Thursday 17 April) our guest speaker was David Wilson who is the Area Countryside Officer for our Upper Valley and his talk was entitled ‘The Protection of Our Rich and Natural Environment’ – the work of the Calderdale Countryside Service. He was extremely interesting and I was surprised at the wide range of activities involved in maintaining and protecting our countryside. There were many questions at the end of his talk and we all really enjoyed it. Sarah Pennie – our Assistant Secretary – gave the vote of thanks. 103 members attended and we also welcomed 7 visitors.

Our guest speaker in May will be Mai Chatham with her talk entitled ‘The Chernobyl Children’s Project and the Local Connection’.

With my May report for you we will also be including information about the AGM in June and this will include the AGM agenda and nomination forms compiled by our Secretary – Anne Foster. Please note that there will not be a book stall at the AGM.

I know that many members renewed their membership today with Roger Howard – our Assistant Treasurer – but renewal of membership should be made at our May meeting, if not before, and we propose to open our doors at about 1.15 pm in an attempt to avoid long queues.

At our July members’ meeting there will be a Fair Trade Stall.

Gail Allaby provided information about our Special Interest Groups although there are no new groups planned at present.

Ernie Rogan provided information about the next Let’s Go trip to the Lake District.

Sincerely – Jean