FoAM’s Summer 2020 Newsletter

This is now the second FoAM newsletter since the start of the pandemic and it still feels strange producing a newsletter when we have been unable to hold any events and volunteers have been unable to work in the Woodlands since 19th March.

In spite of this, there is still a lot of news and information to share and we hope you will find something of interest in FoAM’s Summer 2020 Newsletter.

Foxgloves on proposed play area

A number of volunteers have just been allowed back into the Woodlands, working within government guidelines. However, the length of the lockdown means there is a huge backlog of jobs to be tackled. Unfortunately, the nature of the events planned by FoAM are such that it is unlikely we will be able to hold any for the remainder of this year.

FoAM’s Spring 2020 Newsletter

In these unprecedented times, it seemed quite strange producing a newsletter when all our activities had been stopped as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, there is still much of interest to report as the Woodlands are looking fantastic and open for exercise. Read about this and our other news in FoAM’s Spring 2020 Newsletter.

Dingy skipper

FoAM’s 21st AGM

On March 18th 2020, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Committee took the decision to cancel all events until further notice, including the 21st AGM which was due to be held on Monday 18th May at Comberbach Memorial Hall.

Under FoAM’s Constitution, Trustees on FoAM’s Committee are elected annually by Members at the AGM, but this will not be possible in the current circumstances.

All present Trustees would have been standing for re-election. Debbie Antrobus has reached the end of her three year term as Membership Secretary and Jim Jeeves has put his name forward to be considered for the role.

To enable the Group to continue to function, a pragmatic approach has been adopted and all the present Committee will remain as Trustees, but with Jim Jeeves taking on the role of Membership Secretary from Debbie Antrobus.

Trustees for 2020/21 are as follows:

Officers
Alan Redley – Chair and Projects and Grants
David Bullock – Treasurer
Frances Findlay – Secretary

Additional Committee Members
Mike Allen
Debbie Antrobus
Melanie Bradley
Stephen Costa
John Ellaby
Howard Fearn
Jim Jeeves – Membership Secretary and Publicity
Mary Jeeves – Publicity
Roy Leigh
Joanne Redley – Newsletter
Brenda Yates

Ex-officio Members (not Trustees and with no voting rights)
Ranger Dave James – Cheshire West and Chester Council
Clare Olver – The Mersey Forest

The above arrangement will remain in place until an AGM is held.

Alan Redley
Chair, 28 April 2020