AGM 2020


THE A.G.M. OF THE CAMEL GROUP OF RAMBLERS WILL BE HELD AT 2.00 P.M. ON TUESDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2020 IN THE BASEMENT OF THE EXCHANGE, WADEBRIDGE To comply with regulations only six members will attend the meeting. All other members are invited to join by Zoom from 1.45pm onwards Any queries please contact Hilda 01208 75350 or 0776 994 6807 or by email


1. Welcome by the Chairman

2. Apologies for Absence

3. Minutes of AGM held on Saturday 9th November 2019 in St Teath

4. Matters arising

5. Reports – per next page, to save reading out at the meeting. Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership, Walks Secretary

6. Election of Officers

7. AOB One Cornwall At the Area AGM it was suggested instead of having several groups (based on the old district councils, which were merged in April 2009 when Cornwall Council became a unitary authority) each having to run committees and have meetings and AGMs etc which was becoming increasingly difficult maybe it was time to change too to save the duplication of time and effort

8. Date of next Camel group AGM

The Ramblers’ Association is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company registration number: 4458492. Registered Charity in England and Wales number 1093577 Registered office: 2nd floor, Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TW.

Chair/Secretary - 2020 Well what a year! How lucky are we to love walking and live in such a lovely area that makes it so easy. It’s kept us sane. Paul Rabbeth our Area Secretary (elected at the Area AGM Camel group hosted in Cardinham Parish Hall on Sat 25th Jan 2020) has been very busy ever since getting to grips with everything as well as coping with lock-down so Zoom meetings, producing a Newsletter to replace the usual book which was then emailed to Cornwall members and also had to be printed and posted to those without email. I’m pleased to say Camel group only have a few members who have not supplied an email address so we helped to keep the time spent and printing and postage costs down. The dreaded IT has loomed large this year and, like most other organisations, it has actually become really important. Cornwall Area and Rights of Way meetings had to be held using Zoom; but it didn’t take very long to get used to it, it’s very easy, and has proved to be popular, e.g. no time wasted travelling, so Cornwall Area purchased a license in October. The next Area AGM on Saturday 23rd January 2021 will be a Zoom meeting

Walk Secretary - The procedure for posting walks on the website and having to take bookings didn’t go down well with most walk leaders, from all groups, so we did ‘friends’ walks from the beginning of July when we were allowed to be a group of six. Thanks to Julie, Andrew, Guy and Steve and for doing several walks, John, David and Val and even Hilda for doing the odd one. But although initially it seemed daunting (who likes change?) after consideration we came round to it and found the advantages. New walk leaders found they liked being able to limit numbers to what they felt comfortable with and knowing who had booked. Even the H&S form isn’t too much. So this year has proved what we already knew the most important thing for every group are their walk leaders; no IT required on the day just your boots and being happy to share your walk, of whatever distance or difficulty. As well as our regular walk leaders Camel group have several who do a once a year walk (they all seem to have ‘refreshments’ at the end, fish and chips, cream teas, Xmas cake). Much thanks to them all.

Treasurers Report - The opening balance was £417.69 and the closing balance at 30.09.20 was £305.21. Please see the spreadsheet for details of the 2020 return.

Membership - I’m very pleased to say we have retained our membership and in fact have increased it from last years’ AGM figure of 116 to 132 so a huge thanks to all our members and very welcome to our new members. It just proves again how important walking is for health and wellbeing.

Two footpaths repairs worth noting - Foot bridge at the end of footpath no 513/6/1 near the Old Laundry Cottage, Clerkenwater which we complained about at the end of 2017 has been repaired. The two terrible stiles on the Camelford walk (the lunch at Church of St Julitta’s Lanteglos one, which we have done twice) are being attended to, they may have gates installed to replace them. We’ll do it again to check in the New Year, if not before.