28 members present. Apologies from I.Cox, D & M Woodward, C Clyde-Watson & C Bridgewater.
Norman Clyde-Watson in Chair - welcomed Friends to the AGM & the 10th Anniversary of the group.
The following Reports were presented - copies are held by the Secretary: -
Matters Arising from AGM 2008
- Following closure of The Rose Grower, decisions had to be made about future meetings, venue & continuation of the group.
- Discussion led to proposals that 2/3 meetings a year be held.
- Unfortunately, the Memorial Hall was not available as required in 2009 but 2010 will be better.
- Work Groups had shown increasing numbers which was encouraging.
- Committee had met 3 times & Norman had attended several meetings with Broxtowe BC.
- Mayor of Broxtowe had participated in publicity of the Wild Flower area & the Green Pennant Award.
- The Green Pennant had been granted after a visit on May 18th (News released on July 22nd).
- Norman had received messages of congratulations for the award.
- Suggestions had been made for action in the future - more signs, work on steep inclines, steps uneven, removal of Spanish Bluebells. Work has started on some of these.
- The Award is for 1 year so there is a need to re-apply for 2010.
Working Groups Report
John Appleton reported on activities
- The average number on workdays was 13 members with 2/3 members also undertaking some work during other weekdays.
- The Wild Flower meadow had been very successful but the grass area was a disaster!
- A seat donated by Broxtowe Borough Council (BBC) & Stan Heptinstal is now sited close to the wild flowers which will be reseeded next year.
- The Bird Boxes had all been used, cleaned & re-sited.
- Litter had been picked both locally & in Bramcote Park.
- Paths & Brambles had been cleared & the Hedgerows weeded & trimmed to encourage side growth.
Eric Curtis circulated the balance sheet for the year. A copy is on file.
- Two grants were given of £100 from BBC & £250 from Notts County Council.
- The main expense is the Insurance which was covered by the grants & the Hall charge for meetings is now £13.00.
- Also, thanks for additional unsolicited donations from Members.
- There were also gifts & donations to members in hospital & following the death of Iris Clarke to The Lymphoma Trust.
- Generally, the Group remains in a healthy position financially.
Meetings for 2010
Heather Cox gave details for your new diary of plans for next year.
- Monday 1st February - speaker will be Barrie Lings - subject 'Peak District National Park'.
- Monday 10th May - speaker Nigel Slater - subject 'Garden Birds & their Songs'.
- Monday 1st November - AGM followed by Tim Preston - subject 'Wollaton Hall & Park'.
All the meetings will be held in the Memorial Hall, Bramcote.
- No nominations had been received.
- Current members willing to continue at present & were re-elected unopposed.
John Appleton Surveys
- Over the 10 years since the Group was formed, more than 40 species of Birds had been seen on the Ridge.
- 12 Bird Boxes are currently sited on the Ridge. This was originally 20 with some stolen or decayed.
- 6 extra new boxes are planned.
- John has issued 45 of his newsletters 'BirdBox ' over the years giving members detailed information about habitat & lifestyle of many species.
- 19 species of Butterfly have been seen over 9 years although 2009 has been a poor year. The new plantings of Hedgerow, wild flowers etc should encourage other species.
- Reports on the Surveys have been sent to Notts Wildlife & the National Butterfly Survey.
Norman thanked John for his continuing Survey work.
- The cost of the First-Aid Box was queried but it was felt a decent well equipped one was needed.
- Could notices be sent by e-mail to those willing to have this facility? To be considered (see later).
- Hopefully the website will be up & running again in 2010.
- Subscriptions agreed to remain at £5.00 per member & are payable now. Cheques, made payable to 'Friends of Bramcote Ridge' & passed to the Treasurer, Eric Curtis, before the year end please. Your support is valued & important.
- Disappointment was expressed at some poor areas of the Ridge due to lack of mowing & poor grass regeneration - to be discussed with BBC who are responsible for the areas concerned.
- Walter Grauberg proposed a vote of thanks to the Committee & to Norman & John for their work associated with the successful application for the Green Pennant Award.
The meeting continued with a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Friends of Bramcote Ridge.
Unfortunately, Chris Riley from BBC was unable to attend & sent his apologies.
Walter & Geoff Fewkes, both involved in the initial formation of the group outlined how, in 1998/9, a project undertaken by Geoff was brought before the Community Association & the concept of the group was mooted in April 1999. The first meeting held on June 7th 1999 was attended by 56 residents from a mail-shot of 400 & the 1st AGM was in November 1999.
Achievements during the first 10 years include: -
- Lottery Award to surface paths.
- Tree Planting sessions.
- Steps formed to Thoresby Road.
- Wild Flower areas created.
- Bracken & Brambles controlled.
- New Hedgerow Plantings to encourage wildlife etc.
- Awarded 'Local Nature Reserve' status.
- Awarded Green Pennant.
It must continue & new young blood be encouraged to participate.
A Celebration Cake was cut by Walter & Geoff & was followed by a sparkling drink & a chance to look at photographs presented by John of the Ridge & the Group activities.
- Mike Johnson expressed concern about the development of the Golf Course area & wants to form a group to monitor & protect it from being lost to the area. Interested persons should come to the February meeting for further discussion.
- Anyone preferring to receive notices/newsletters by e-mail should contact John Appleton who will collate members & take forward.
The meeting closed at 9:00pm.
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