AGM 2014

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 22 April 2015 at 7.30pm in the Orangery

My second year as chairman has proved even busier than the first. If you want to hear about what you committee has been doing on your behalf, and plans for the year ahead, please come to our AGM. It is the opportunity for you to share your views and concerns and make suggestions about matters we should be addressing. The meeting will again be chaired by our distinguished president, Sir Angus Stirling.

2015 will see the new youth hostel operators in place, the Design Museum open, further progress on the Campden Hill development on the old playground of Holland Park School. A decision will have been made on the Duke’s Lodge development immediately adjacent to the north-east corner of the park. There will be further discussion on the opera’s ancillary buildings. The Friends regularly discuss ideas for funding park improvements with Park Management, and we keep a keen eye on preservation of the tranquil green spaces that provide habitats for wildlife. We have produced a new guide to Holland Park and Holland House, and plan more publications on specific aspects of the park.

Following amalgamation of many of the services of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, your trustees have forged new relationships with Council officers as well as keeping in touch with those we have known for some time.

We co-opted two new trustees this year: Charles Bauccio assumed the role of treasurer, and Graham Franklin will oversee our events. We need your formal approval at the AGM for both to continue work as trustees.

We anticipate another busy year ahead as we work to protect and enhance the fragile asset that is our park – something I know so many of you care greatly about. We need your support, and count on you joining us on 22 April. Most of you know that the AGM takes place during our annual art exhibition in the Orangery. After the AGM you can enjoy the paintings and other exhibits, discuss them over a glass of wine, or you can buy a piece you really like.

Jennie Kettlewell

[Winter 2014]