What can we say about our AGM this year? 2020 has been a different year in so many ways, a worldwide pandemic, National Lockdown, working from home, and homeschooling to name a few and our AGM was no exception. The usual gathering with drinks, nibbles, and endless catching up gave way to a zoom meeting with the 'rule of six' meaning only those absolutely essential to the meeting could be in the same room. However, to keep everything on track in his usual jovial and uplifting way, Sean Sparling stepped up once again to be MC and keep things nicely moving along. Despite the fact that the meeting to place over zoom it was wonderful to see so many friends and supporters of LRSN log on.
Following the official opening of the meeting and the formalities thereafter, Charles Holt, LRSN Treasurer gave his report on the finances for the year 2019/20. To read Charles' full report click here and to see the accounts for the 2019/20 financial year click here.
LRSN Chairman, Meryl Ward spoke in her speech about how important it was to keep LRSN visibly open during these unprecedented times, she went on to thank the staff, volunteers, and wider partnerships for keeping the service alive with some fantastic promotional work. To read Meryl's full speech click here.
Alison Twiddy, Project Manager, updated the meeting on the previous year's activities and reminded everyone just how far LRSN have come in the previous twelve months, explaining the increased staff team has enabled LRSN to help 160 farming families, which is an increase of 10%, there were 138 calls answered in the helpline and pre COVID-19 the staff and volunteers attended over 50 events. To hear Alison's full update click here and watch her deliver it.
During the meeting, we had to say our sad farewell to our wonderful Administration & Events Manager, Sophie Dunn, from our staff team but we were quick to vote her on to our Board of Trustees, we weren't letting her get away that easily.
The Board of Trustees and staff would like to thank the team the Lincolnshire Showground for helping to facilitate the AGM with zoom technology and would also like to thank all of the donors for their kind offerings, without the much-needed grants, donations and funding pots LRSN would not be able to carry out the vital frontline work that they do. Finally a huge thank you has to go to all of the volunteers for their passion and dedication to the work that they do for LRSN. Thank you very much!!