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GOT Annual General Meeting and afternoon walkabout at Longney Orchards
Saturday, 27th, April @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pmFree
At the Anchor Inn, Epney (10am-1pm), lunch there, followed by a walkabout (approx. 2 or 2.30-4pm) at our Longney Orchards.
Free for GOT members (and their household) and £2 for non members.
Details of formal reports – Chairman’s Report, Treasurer’s Report and annual Accounts are below.
Any nominations for officers (chairman and treasurer) and other items for discussion should be submitted to me, Ann Smith (coordinator/secretary) at least 10 days prior to the AGM. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Committee (13): Jonathan Briggs (Chairman), Jim Chapman (Treasurer), Ann Smith (Coordinator/Company Secretary), Dave Kaspar (Honorary President), Helen Brent-Smith, Keith Turner, Martin Hayes, Chris Wedge, Alison Parfitt, David Lindgren, Mattias Pihlwret, Meyrick Brentnall, Tim Andrews
10am-10.30am welcome, networking, browse books for sale (please note due to limited space, we will not have our usual library/literature or displays – this is held at Hartpury Orchard Centre by appointment). Please order your lunch from the staff downstairs if you are staying as early as possible and buy coffee/drink yourself if you wish.
10.30am-11.30am GOT Business – including Chairman’s report, Treasurer’s report, Election of Officers (chairman and treasurer), AOB/Question time.
- We will be discussing the future of GOT’s Longney Fish House – members have already had circulated an excellent report by Juliet Bailey (we will have a limited no. of copies at the AGM) and please see David Browning’s interesting report in this newsletter.
- Mason Bees UK will be talking about this fascinating topic and they/Keith Turner will relate this to our indigenous mason bee population at GOT’s Longney orchard.
1pm Lunch at the Anchor Inn
2pm/2.30pm–4pm (approx.) drive in own cars to our 18 acres of Longney Orchards by the River Severn for informal walk around. Come and see what has been achieved so far (including the barn renovation and interpretation signage), enjoy the wonderful habitat and learn about our plans. Feel free to stay on and have a picnic. Please note, there is no vehicular access but there are public footpaths. At the AGM, we will give directions and final parking arrangements. There are no toilets at the orchards except a simple portaloo under a tarpaulin and ground is uneven.
Please take care around the trees and under branches. Brambles and nettles. The River Severn and rhine/ditch are fenced off. We look forward to seeing you!
Reports for AGM
Chairman’s Report is available as a pdf here: https://glosorchards.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Annual-Report-2018-.pdf
Annual Accounts are available here: https://glosorchards.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/GOT-2018-accounts.pdf
Treasurer’s Report is below:
The very erratic payments by the Rural Payments Agency, continued to make proper financial planning and cash-flow control difficult, but by the year end all payments due for 2017 had been paid. Although Orchard Guardians CIC has repaid nearly half the loan from GOT, it will mean that it continues to need loans to cover the cash-flow delay of up to 12 months. The association with the Three Counties Orchard Project continued to support the Trust’s work, its courses and events. This was the last year TCTOP would be able to do this as the project has now ended. Our own Heritage Lottery funded project has also now ended. Future GOT activities must therefore either be self-funding or following specific fundraising for that purpose. Our income from member’s subscriptions will only cover our normal anticipated expenditure. GOT ends the year in a relatively comfortable financial situation, very much improved on the last few years, but its annual income, now that it is not supplemented from other sources, limits our initiating new activities. We either need to increase membership, or develop other income streams if we are to initiate other methods of meeting our Objects. Failing this, the present adequate reserves may quickly disappear!
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