Countryside and rural life charity CPRE Hampshire (the Campaign to Protect Rural England) recognised the huge value that volunteers and members play to the organisation at its AGM held on 6th May 2017 at Littleton, near Winchester.
In her presentation, Chairman, Dee Haas spoke of CPRE Hampshire’s achievements in defending the countryside and campaigning to influence policy. She said that whilst CPRE deals with rural issues it also promotes liveable, urban areas with good access to the countryside for recreation.
Much of the work of CPRE Hampshire is made possible thanks to dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers, along with the support of members, and Dee Haas commented:
“An estimate of volunteers’ time spent on CPRE Hampshire work last year came to a total of 3,924 hours. If each volunteer were to be paid, say £45 per hour this would total a contribution of £176,580. We thank them for all the hard work they do and the impact and value it brings.”
Winchester resident Jo Gordon-Watson was presented with a CPRE Making a Difference award for her invaluable contribution to the Hampshire branch. Jo provides much needed administrative support, helps at events and assists with selling Christmas cards. She was presented with a framed certificate, book token and flowers.
CPRE Hampshire is currently campaigning for a county-wide look at how the countryside is used and how it can be protected, and for a Green Belt in South Hampshire. To find out more visit www.cprehampshire.org.uk/campaigns. A lively discussion followed the AGM which was sponsored by NFU Mutual.
Photo: Dee Haas, CPRE Hampshire Chairman, Jo Gordon-Watson with her Making a Difference Award and CPRE Hampshire President, The Earl of Malmesbury