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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:04

AGM 2018

Following our most recent AGM, held at the Haling Dene Centre in Penkridge on 12 September 2018, we are pleased to welcome two new members to the committee. John Blount is the clerk to Stowe-by-Chartley parish council and lives in Brocton on the edge of Cannock Chase. Steve Hopkins is the former chairman of the recently disbanded Community Council of Staffordshire.

Mary Booth has kindly taken over from Amyas Stafford Northcote as the new Chair. Frank Walmsley has also stepped down from the committee. They were presented with retirement gifts by Ian Dudson, Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, to thank them for their sterling service to CPRE over many years.

We were pleased to welcome our guest speaker, Su Sayer, chair of the national CPRE charity. Su talked about her upbringing in Sussex and her ancestor John Dudeney, who was a shepherd and later teacher in Lewes for many years. Su also spoke about how CPRE can present its values for a modern audience. A similar project in the 1960s which led to many of the areas in which CPRE now campaigns, such as litter and dark skies. Too often, CPRE’s work goes under the radar. As a result, the charity needs to broaden its appeal and provide solutions to problems that resonate with new audiences, such as plastic waste and affordable housing. Su described some examples of positive progress from CPRE’s past work in Staffordshire, such as a campaign to protect wildflowers on roadside verges.

Our volunteer planning advisor Paul spoke about Local Plans, proposed developments and housing targets around the county, the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and the West Midlands Rail Interchange.

 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:01

AGM 2017

The Campaign to Protect Rural England Staffordshire Branch Annual General Meeting at Haling Dene Centre, Cannock Rd, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5DT on Thursday 14th September 2017.

Attendees included our Committee, our volunteers, Councillors, guests and CPRE members, this year's AGM attendance was down on previous year and it was moved to continue the meeting as though quorate. 

Mary Cope gave an illustrated talk about her family run mixed cereal and rare breeds farm, of 238 acres at Upper Longdon, in the Cannock Chase AONB. The farm has been run by the Cope family, farming in harmony with nature, for four generations and Mary spoke of wildlife corridors bordering crop fields, wildflower meadow maintenance and showing their 2 year old prize winning White Park bull, one of a herd of 48 White Park cattle. The Cope family are also branching out into farming goats and now offer farm visits, a classroom is available for school children, for which refreshments can be supplied. Mary took questions and also provided the food for the AGM luncheon.

The Chairman presented additions to his address mentioning the finances had increased in part due to now appointed Office & Publicity Manager, Sue Kneill-Boxley, taking the CPRE Staffordshire stall around the county to various events including the Staffordshire County Show. He thanked Sue for her work in raising the profile of the branch and acknowledged the hard work of Jacqueline Tomlinson, former Office Manager, who has now left the branch to take up employment with the West Midlands LEP.

Election of President and Vice Presidents:  Mr Ian Dudson CBE HM Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire was re-elected as president and Mr Phil Goode re-elected as Vice President. Election of Officers and Executive Committee: Mr Stafford Northcote withdrew from the Chair for the election of the chairman.  His re-election as chairman was confirmed and he resumed as chair of the meeting. Mrs Anne Clendon and Mrs Mary Booth were re-elected as Vice Chair. Mr Frank Walmsley, was re-elected to serve on the committee. Mr Amyas Stafford Northcote advised that a new Chair would need to be found by 2018.

We would like to extend our warm thanks to everyone who attended and contributed on the day in making our AGM a huge success.

 

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 13:17

HS2 Phases One & Two

HS2 has been split into two phases. Phase One covers London to the West Midlands, including a connection to the West Coast main line at Handsacre, just east of Lichfield. Phase Two completes the now familiar Y-shaped route with two arms, one leading to Manchester and the other to Leeds. The whole line will be 330miles of new twin-track railway, serving nine dedicated stations.

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