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The Lym Valley Society - Wound Up

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PostPosted: 08/10/10, 17:25    Post subject: The Lym Valley Society - Wound Up Reply with quote

Perhaps an indication that the Lym Valley Society has had its day was the poor turnout at the 2010 AGM held in the village hall on 6th October.

In his recent letter to members the chairman Brian Mason suggested that the society had over the 22 years that it had been in existence served the parish well. This cannot be doubted with successful or partially so campaigns against the proposed development of Hackerís Mead, low cost housing in Crogg Lane, Barnes Meadow and what is now called Glebelands.

Brian postulated that toward the late 1980s there was indeed a need for a society to fight against environmental degradation, as the parish council due to infighting was not appearing to protect our interests. It was not until Bill Halden became chairmen of the parish council and knocked a few heads together that the council became what it is today, a more benign organisation. Brian now considers that the parish council is doing a good job in fighting against over and inappropriate development which tends to make the Lym Valley Society redundant.

It was put to the handful of members attending the AGM that the society should be wound up. The voting went with eight for the continuation of the society and twelve for its disbanding. Twenty votes from a society of three hundred or so members. Lets hope that the other 280 odd members had an enjoyable evenings TV watching and that the parish council will fight their case if something nasty is proposed in their backyards. As chairman of the council I am certain that Brian will continue to work for the good of the parish as he has done for the past 20 or so years as the societies chairmen.

The demise of the society having been decided the next thing was how to deal with the funds of about £3,500 left in the kitty. The committee had already drawn up a list of possible beneficiaries and the membership was asked to propose additional ones. Much discussion then ensued and it was agreed that as the societyís funds had all been obtained for the purpose of protecting or improving the environment the money should go to groups or projects dedicated to that aim.

Full details of the beneficiaries and the supported projects will be given in an article in the next edition of the Parish News and subsequently here.
It's later than you think

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PostPosted: 11/10/10, 12:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great shame. There has always been the Lym Valley Society as long as I have lived here.

This seems to be just another example of the 'stay at home' society we are slowly becoming. Much easier to stay in and watch the telly than participate in something constructive out in the community.

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