Saturday, 20 December 2014

Trustees gather at CPRE Hampshire strategy day

The executive team from countryside campaigning charity, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (Hampshire) gathered near Basingstoke recently, to review the year and chew the cud over the charity’s plans for the next five years.

Sir James Harris, the 7th Earl of Malmesbury, who is president of CPRE Hampshire, joined in the discussions and break-out sessions with trustees and office staff, Chairman, Dee Haas and director, Michael Rescorle.

All ideas were welcome during the friendly, yet focused session, kindly facilitated by Ginny Smith, director of Lead Coach Ltd. The morning’s packed agenda covered the role of trustees and branch staff, ambitious plans for digital communications, an updated website and communications to members. The afternoon was given over to discussion and sharing best practice and ideas about how district groups work around the county. The day ended with a presentation from the director about fundraising plans and the need for enthusiastic and committed volunteers, who are needed for fundraising, campaigning, to  help out on social occasions and to support the branch office.

Dee Haas, Chairman of CPRE Hampshire said: “The Planning environment has changed dramatically over the last two to three years and we now recognise that our focus needs to change. With current threats coming from the dysfunctional National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Central Government housing targets, we see the need to be proactive as well as reacting to damaging planning applications as they come in. The countryside of Hampshire needs us more than ever and it needs us in good shape.”

Dee Haas thanked Mr and Mrs Bedford for the kind use of their home and a delicious lunch, and presented them with a Lilac plant. Ginny Smith received a bottle of wine as a thank you for her support.

To join others at CPRE Hampshire in standing up for the Hampshire countryside, visit or telephone 01962 841897 for a membership pack.

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Notes to editors

*Pictured, left to right:-

Paul Richards, Monxton, Andover, Treasurer of CPRE Hampshire

Ginny Smith, Lead Coach Ltd

Janet Dornan, CPRE Hampshire administrator

Peter Bedford, North Hampshire District Group chairman

Becky French, CPRE Hampshire branch development officer (on maternity leave)

Peter Lindon, Petersfield, South Downs and Central District Group

John Cooper, chairman, Test Valley District Group

Edward Dawson, Odiham, North-east Hampshire District Group

Christopher Napier, Petersfield, South Downs & Central Group

Caroline Dibden, Hambledon, South Downs & Central Group

Sir James Malmesbury, President, CPRE Hampshire

Dee Haas, Ellisfield, CPRE Hampshire chairman

Robert Jamieson, South Downs & Central Group

Nicola Revolta, branch development officer (maternity cover), CPRE Hampshire

Michael Rescorle, Director, CPRE Hampshire.

CPRE Hampshire is a small, local charity that stands up for your countryside. We work to influence how we plan our communities to make them better places to live and work, to ensure the countryside is protected for all to enjoy for now and future generations.

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