22 members present. Apologies from G.Smith, A.Evans, R & B Dexter & L.Cooper.
Norman Clyde-Watson in Chair - welcomed Friends to the AGM and the following Reports were presented - copies are held by the Secretary
- No new major projects had been undertaken, but the group continues to be held in high regard for its work in conservation & maintenance of the Ridge which is now a designated Local Nature Reserve.
- Norman had also attended, with John Appleton, some 10 meetings with other groups on our behalf, besides many telephone & other contacts.
- The Committee had 3 meetings in the year.
- Norman thanked Kevin for the continuing use of the Rosegrower for our meetings.
Working Groups Report
John Appleton highlighted the work undertaken by a rather dwindling number of members.
- However, hedgerows, brambles, pathways, steps & trees had been tackled, bird boxes cleaned & a hedgehog hibernation area established.
- Weather had not helped but a wildflower meadow had been most successful.
- Urgent - Help will be needed to plant bulbs in areas prepared on the ridge by BBC within the next few weeks - John will have details shortly.
Eric Curtis circulated the balance sheet for the year (copy on file).
- This was accepted & the group remains viable at present.
- Subscriptions remain at £5.00 per member & are payable now. You can pay at the next meeting or by cheque, made payable to 'Friends of Bramcote Ridge' & passed to Eric.
- Please pay before the end of January - YOUR SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL.
- Heather Cox reported a good year of speakers on Natural History topics with some old favourites.
- Full details of forthcoming meetings will appear in the Newsletters, but make a note in your diary for the following:-
- Next meeting - Social Party - December 3rd_ - see details below.
- NO meeting in January 2008 .
- February 4th 2008, Speaker Bill Wheatley - 'Hidden Spain'
- John reported that the poor weather had reduced numbers recorded overall & of specific varieties.
- The collated report is sent to Notts Wildlife Trust & to British Conservation.
- Broxtowe BC are still keen to establish an area of heathland, but no firm plans yet.
- The wildflower area was most successful & would be repeated next year in the Spring. John had taken photographs of the area which were shown to members at the meeting.
- He also had photographs of 'NatureScape ' who had produced the wildflower seeds used & which will hopefully be visited by members next year.
- Had worked hard on behalf of members attending numerous meetings with other groups in Notts.
- Current members had indicated their willingness to re-stand & in the absence of any other nominations, were re-elected.
Other Agenda Items
None raised & no questions asked.
Norman expressed his thanks to members of the Committee - for the minutes, delivery of notices & newsletters, for the publishing of a very professional newsletter & for the varied & interesting host of speakers, visits & walks. Norman expressed his personal thanks to Tim Crawford, Steve Fisher and Chris Riley at Broxtowe BC who continue to support the group & facilitate conservation of the area Green Belt.
A special Thank You was given to John Appleton for his dedication to the group, through his documentation, records, photographs & support at external meetings & visits.
Walter Grauberg, on behalf of members, thanked Norman & the Committee for their work & achievements of the group.
Elizabeth Dalton drew members attention to the OSS (Open Space Society) Web Page, whose aim is to protect & preserve green open space - such as the Ridge. Norman responded that we were aware of the issue, but with 3 potential ownerships involved, protection would be a complicated matter. However, the situation continues to be monitored by interested parties.
The AGM closed at 8:15pm.
After the formalities of the AGM, there was the draw for the Bird Box Raffle. The Bird Box was donated by John Appleton, the Raffle was won by Geoff Ward & a total of £23.50 was raised for group funds.
John then presented a selection of slides illustrating the countryside through the seasons. Taken over a number of years, changes in the local environment, especially building on the old Lowes Nursery site, were significant for the future!
Advance Notice regarding Monday 3rd December Meeting
- This will be the Xmas Party evening. As usual please bring a small contribution of sweet or savoury food to be shared. In addition, Mary will arrange the 'Raffle' - £1.00 per person (to Ridge Funds) + a small unlabeled gift-wrapped item - value approx £1 - £2.
- This is always an enjoyable evening with a chance to relax and enjoy the company of 'Friends'.
- We hope you will join us.
The Committee would like to send all Friends Seasonal Greetings and a successful New Year for 2008
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