The Chairman thanked the officers and other committee members for their contributions, and expressed appreciation for the part played over many years by Jeannette Archdeacon and Kathy East, who had now stood down from the committee.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 had again been successful with the banner across the High Street, an excellent lecture on Fairtrade Gold by Greg Valerio, Traidcraft’s Big Brew in two or three venues, and a stall at St Maurice’s Covert. Attendance at the lecture had been very disappointing
Meetings had been held with Winchester City Council officers about Fairtrade and with the independent jeweller Jeremy France about the use of Fairtrade gold. A note on the website indicates his support for ethical practices.
Meetings of other bodies attended included Hampshire Fairtrade Network’s AGM and the International Fairtrade Towns conference at Bristol.
A pull-up banner has been purchased.
David Lloyd reported that in the year ending 31 March 2015 there had been a deficit of £82. The balance at the end of the year was £380.
The present officers and committee were re-elected: chairman Charlotte Bailey; secretary, Rosemary Dunhill; treasurer David Lloyd; committee, Janet Berry and Dave Morton.
The University of Winchester was thanked for its continuing support, including providing meeting rooms.