Minutes of BRAG 2013 AGM

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Annual General Meeting
Held at
The Docking Station
108 Brentford High Street, TW8 8AT
on Tuesday 19 November 2013
 
MINUTES

No Topics
1 Opening and Welcome:  Hugh Picton, Committee Member
2 Apologies for absence: Matt Harmer, Monica Robb, Kath Richardson, Sara Ward, Maggie Thorburn, Eleanor Stewart
3 Approval of last year’s minutes: Minutes from the previous year’s AGM (2012) for acceptance by the meeting.
4 Committee Members’ Reports:Hugh Picton (Committee Member) reported on the year’s activities; the BRAG Committee members’ roles for 2012/2013 will continue as previously.Douglas Benford (Treasurer) reported that the BRAG account currently stands at £2,658.76.Our outgoings included some stationery and website costs; Brentford Festival booking fee; £60 to Brentford Steering Group towards their bags bearing our logo; £300 for the BRAG newsletter printing and £338 for a consignment of BRAG cotton bags.Donations and receipts include £330 from London bike hub for their newsletter advert; £2,045 Community Development Fund, and some subscriptions.
5 Natasha Epstein, Head of Waste and Recycling Services, Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment Department, London Borough of Hounslow, spoke about “Tackling issues and changing with the times”.
6 Thomas Burgess, Waste and Recycling Project Officer, LBH, then brought us up to date with Hounslow’s  ”Flats above shops rubbish and recycling service – the story so far”.
7 Guest speaker: Camen M. Gupta, Operations Manager, Healthy Planet, gave a very interesting briefing on “The Healthy Planet organisation”. This was very well presented and was appreciated by all.
8 Paul Richens, Horticultural Trainer, Bluedome Synergies: As we all remember, Paul was a founder member of BRAG, and he told us about a fascinating course he recently completed at the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania called ”Soil Life, Full Package”. Extremely interesting and enlightening.
9 Green Champion Award 2013 was then presented to Paul Richens for his continued contribution to environmental issues.
10 Then followed a question-and-answer session and other items.
11 Patti Horsnell, Committee Member, thanked everyone for attending and for their contributions. We adjourned for drinks and refreshments and informal conversation. The evening was a success and enjoyed by all.

Attendees, in addition to speakers and committee members: Joan Burston, Malcolm Crofts, Sophie Rouhaud, Cllr. Ruth Cadbury and Cllr Mel Collins.

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