Members representing communities from across Berkshire gathered on the morning of 8th November at The Barn in Purley on Thames to attend our 2018 Annual General Meeting.
With the Barn adorned with poppies in celebration of the 1st World War centenary, attendees gathered to hear Ralph Godbold, CCB Chair, run proceedings.
At this year’s AGM a special resolution was put to our membership asking them to vote on whether we could change our name. All members present voted to accept the proposed name change and agreed that the charity’s name could be changed to Connecting Communities in Berkshire, though we will still be known as the abbreviated version: CCB.
Tim Parry, Chief Officer, presented the 2017-18 Annual Review and used the opportunity to highlight CCB’s ongoing projects, namely;
- The Energy & Fuel Poverty Advice Project delivered by Helen Dean, Project Co-ordinator. Tim explained that if everyone that Helen had spoken to in the course of a year saved the average amount by switching supplier, between them they could have saved in excess of £80,000.
- Our adult community learning programme which Gemma Matthews, CCB’s Office Manager coordinates, provided training for over 150 people and we have already published a comprehensive training schedule aimed at supporting communities in 2018-19.
- Kate Meads, Community Buildings Advisor, joined the team in March 2018 and has done a fantastic job supporting community buildings and village halls in Berkshire, taking over the reins from Wendy Dacey who retired in March.
- Loneliness & Isolation – CCB are currently focusing on rural loneliness and Tim is researching data on the subject, making sure people know about existing groups and, where there are gaps, working to help fill them.
Tim expressly thanked the Trustees of CCB for volunteering their time and skills to ensure we stay on the straight and narrow, and our funders, without whom we could not deliver our projects.
After the official business of the AGM concluded, Graham Barker High Sheriff of Berkshire gave a short and impassioned talk. Graham spoke about the history of high sheriffs in England, his powers and the three themes he selected for his tenure as High Sheriff: community, compassion and culture.