Report of the 2020 Annual General Meeting

The Friends AGM was held on 21 October 2020 via Zoom.
Sir Angus Stirling welcomed everyone to the meeting, and Nigel Brockmann reported that members had, by prior vote, approved the minutes of the 2019 meeting and the 2019 accounts.

The Trustees Report for 2019 was presented by Jennie Kettlewell, the main achievements being:

A start made on preparation for the much needed conservation work on Grade-1-listed Holland House, following its placement on the Historic England At Risk Register.

The Friends paid £4,782.50 for expert conservation of the Florentine tiles under the arches in front of the cafe.

The Friends published a guide to 50 birds found in Holland Park. Many of the photos were provided by member, Tasso Leventis, who kindly donated the cost of production.

£3,000 match-funding paid for restoration of the West Woodland Enclosure.

Chestnut fencing erected around trees above the Sun Trap lawn and the margin of the North Lawn to prevent further erosion and compaction, at a cost of £7,303.

The annual tree health programme, carried out by Bartletts at a cost of £4,060.

Once again, The Friends sponsored the Ecology Service walks and talks.

In all, £30,833.75 was paid in grant aid to Holland Park during 2019.

On behalf of Secretary, Rhoddy Wood, it was reported that membership had marginally increased year-on-year, being 1,100 by December 2019. Members were thanked for their loyalty and interest, and for donations large and small.

Election of trustees. Nigel Brockmann announced that all trustees had been re-elected by prior vote. Roger Foreman was re-elected as the independent examiner.

Chairmans Outlook. Much has already happened this year and been covered in the newsletter. The latest news is in this issue of the newsletter and does not need to be duplicated here.

Jennie Kettlewell thanked the trustees for their support and hard work, Sir Angus Stirling for his wise advice, and the ward councillors, Johnny Thalassites, Aarien Areti and Charles O'Connor, for supporting the park and The Friends.

Sir Angus closed the meeting and thanked all those who support The Friends and contribute in many ways to the considerable amount of work achieved.

[Winter 2020]

AGM: Come and Hear about Plans and Achievements

Wednesday, 6 April, 7.30 pm in the Holland Park Orangery

It is great to be able to get back together again, to hear what is going on in the park. It is a chance to catch up with each other over a glass of wine and share our experiences.

Be sure to put the date in your diary and come along, with your comments and questions. The formal part is usually over quickly, and we will have time to talk about what has been achieved over the past year and what needs to be done now. The park has been busier than ever during the pandemic, though the main projects have kept going and much has been achieved. But there are still real challenges, and plans are afoot for improvements.

Often, when it seems things are improving, people do not feel they need to come to the AGM.  But please do come as there are still issues, as there will be with any park. We also need your votes at the meeting to ensure your committee remains in place to carry on the work. Come and challenge us with thoughtful questions and share your ideas. The trustees need your support and want to know that we are representing you.   

Members should please register to attend by contacting your chairman on jennie.kettlewell@thefriendsofhollandpark.org or calling 020 7243 0804.

We look forward to seeing lots of you on 6 April.

Jennie Kettlewell

[Spring 2022]