The 2019 AGM was held on Sunday 27th October, at the Puckrup Hall hotel, Tewkesbury. Twelve members and partners attended in person, and three more joined via the conference call.
It was great to hear the voices of two members from Scotland, who would otherwise not have been able to take part in the meeting. The Society will expand the online meeting and conference call system for next year – although managing lots of members attending by telephone would present its own challenges!
The meeting heard from the outgoing committee members. Chair Antonia Clements said that the Society had had a good year, with particularly encouraging membership figures. She felt that the Society was now ‘coming of age’ with a critical mass of members and enough sheep to be able to take seriously concerns over inbreeding and breed improvement. The maturity of the Society was reflected in the meetings business: a clearer breed standard, coupled with stricter rules for ‘non-standard’ registrations, and guidance on in-breeding was backed up with a code of conduct for members, including guidelines for buying and selling sheep.