Sims Hill Shared Harvest AGM 26 February 2013

The Sims Hill Shared Harvest AGM will take place on 26 February at 7:30 pm at Horfield Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8PD. (see map) Please save the date!

As a member-owned co-operative, Sims Hill can only survive and thrive with the active support and participation of all of its members. We plan on being done as close to 9:30 pm as possible, and we hope to see all of you there! (Non-members are also very welcome!)

The Agenda is as follows:

Election of the Board:

The current Board comprises Chris Sunderland, Bobbie Sunderland, James Adamson, Tim Lawrence, Alison Crowther and Kristin Sponsler. Per our Articles of Incorporation, the two members of the Board who are standing down this year are Kristin Sponsler and Tim Lawrence. However, they will both be standing again for re-election. Also, Simone Osborn and Kate  Whittle will be standing for the Board as well. The bios for Kristin, Tim, Simone and Kate are below:

Tim Lawrence is a community development worker, a community gardener with ASAP (Asylum Seekers Allotment Project) and is also one of the two staff growers at Sims Hill Shared Harvest. Tim wants to see more land available for community based food growing in Bristol.

Kristin Sponsler is an active member of Transition Bristol, Bristol Food Network and the Bristol Food Policy Council. Kristin was raised on a farm and has a passionate interest in sustainable food systems and permaculture. She has a background in desktop publishing and website editing. She also serves as the current Secretary.

Simone Osborn has a background in project managing different kinds of printed and web content from a career spent largely in the publishing and translation industries. Simone has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2007. She is active in Transition Bristol and wrote the Bristol peak oil report. Simone is interested in using her project management skills to help community projects become and remain viable.

Kate Whittle has been working in the social economy for over 25 years, both in the UK and overseas. She has provided support and training to co-operatives of all kinds, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Kate is founder member of set up to improve, promote and develop co-operative skills in co-operatives and throughout all sectors of the economy. Kate has been a member of Sims Hill for two years.

Approval of the accounts presented by Roberta Sunderland

Growers’ update from James Adamson and Tim Lawrence

Exercise in “how co-operatives work” by co-operative expert and Sims Hill member Kate Whittle

Presentation of draft Members’ Handbook, written by Kate Whittle, by Alison Crowther

Outreach and recruitment plan by Sims Hill member Jack Phillips

We continue to very much appreciate the support of all our members, and we hope to see you there!