March AGM and Talk Report

Our AGM was held on March 16th, just before the lock-down, but after many people were deciding to limit their outings. As a result there were only 14 members present. This meant the meeting was not quorate. It was put to the meeting, and agreed unanimously, that we could continue and hope that the exceptional circumstances would mean the membership accepted the outcome of the AGM despite the low numbers. Rachel Berger presented the chair’s report (appended to the minutes.) Klaus Huber presented the accounts for the year, which showed an increase in reserves of £32 to just over £3000.

No nominations for chair and treasurer had been received. Rachel and Klaus were unanimously voted to continue in office. No notification of changes to the coordinators of the topic groups had been received, and so these are – CIG: Jill Johns/Rowena Quantrill; SFADG: Ros Edwards; Energy Group: Simon Forsyth; Sustainable Travel: Jeremy Wire; Zero Waste: Jill Hollings; Biodiversity: Liz Stephens. Under AOB, Rachel Berger pointed out that the constitution needed amending since our goal for the town to be carbon neutral is 2030, whereas the constitution still says 2050. This change will be made at the AGM next year.

After the AGM, Leyla Amba Bakali from the Trowbridge plastic free shop ‘We Are Undressed’ gave a lively and inspiring talk on the ethos of her shop and how she got it started. She is based in the old Town Hall, and stocks pulses, cereals, nuts, spices, washing products and many other things. She still operates on a shoe string, but manages to pay a living wage to her assistants. There were many questions which she answered well. She indicated her willingness to come and talk again when there might be a bigger audience. She is still managing to trade, by accepting orders and delivering them. (Charge £3 in Trowbridge and £4 for up to 7 miles from Trowbridge). Contact her, and view her update filmed in the car, here