Thank you to all our members and invited guests that joined us for our AGM and Members’ Meeting at The Foundation in Bristol on 10th July. Our AGM is always a great opportunity to hear more about Plunkett’s impact as well as future plans, and to connect with other members and Plunkett supporters. This year was of course an extra special gathering being our centenary year and it was wonderful to welcome both new and familiar faces. Our members’ very much enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Foundation as well as hearing more about our founder Sir Horace Plunkett. We would like to say a big thank you to our friends at Triodos Bank for hosting us on the day.

The formal AGM started at 11am and was chaired by Margaret Clark, CBE, Chair of Plunkett’s Board of Trustees. Business of the AGM included:

  • James Alcock, Executive Director, Review of the Year presentation
  • Margaret Clark presentation of the Chair’s report
  • The re-election by members of Margaret Clark as a Plunkett trustee for a further 12 months to provide continuity in the delivery of our strategy and centenary celebrations.
  • The election of two new trustees, Martin Collett (previously co-opted in October 2018) and Helen Aldis
  • The standing down of two much valued trustees Richard Anscombe and Jane Ryall. The Chair noted the Boards thanks and recognition of their hard work and commitment over the years.
  • Approval of the 2018 accounts and auditor’s report that can be viewed here.
  • Members voted to approve a revised membership fee structure that will be implemented as of 1 October 2019. The new fees proposed are:
    – Reduction of the Individual Supporter membership fee from £50 to £20 annually
    – Removal of the £75 Supporter Organisation fee and standardisation to £150 for all Supporter Organisation members
    – The Community Business Network fee will remain the same at £200
    – VAT to be applied as required.
  • David Cadwallader and Co were re-appointed as Plunkett’s auditors for a further year.

Once the AGM formalities were completed, the Members’ Meeting session commenced. This was a vibrant session celebrating the launch of Plunkett’s new online digital timeline that illustrates the key dates and activities in Plunkett’s 100 year long history. We were privileged to be joined by Kate Targett, Plunkett Fellow, who shared with us her unique insight into Sir Horace Plunkett as an individual. Arguably Kate is the most familiar with Horace and his ideas and inspiration behind his work of the Foundation given that Kate spent five years transcribing Horace’s diaries. Kate provided a unique perspective on our Founder and we will be sharing more around Kate’s insights with our members soon.

We were also delighted to host a community business panel and we were joined by :

  • Sam Ross, Secretary of Farmborough Community Shop
  • Trevor Gill, Treasurer / Secretary, Avon Dassett Community Benefit Society Limited
  • Debbie Meech, Chair, The Wigginton Village Shop & Café
  • Adrian Brooks – Land owner and co-founder of the Brown Rock Woodland CIC and the Outdoor College CIC

The panel discussed the topical issues facing rural communities today and the role community businesses play in addressing these issues, such as loneliness and isolation and the increasingly disparate nature of rural communities.

Thank you to everyone for attending Plunkett’s AGM and Members’ Meeting. If you attended the event and would like to share your feedback on the event please complete our survey here. If you have any questions on membership in the meantime, please feel free to email membership@plunkett.co.uk.