The committee was re-elected with few changes. Edna Squires has come back on to the committee, and sadly Caroline Wood decided to stand down after many years of service for the Devon Group. She has helped in so many different ways and the committee was sorry to be losing her. John Twibell presented her with a bouquet of flowers and all of our thanks.
Sally Wills has stood down as the National Collections Co-ordinator for North Devon but her replacement Jenny Evans was there, and was presented to the meeting by Chair, John Twibell. Jenny had only just completed her training and will be getting to know the collections she has taken on over the next few months.
Eric Reynolds presented the accounts for 2014, which were better than had been expected at the start of the year. The committee had decided to increase the grant to Head Office to show support for the new leadership team in the light of the healthy group finances.
Penny Walmsley presented details of the state of the group membership having only just received details from Head Office before the meeting. The Devon Group remains the largest group of Plant Heritage by a long way accounting for 14% of national membership even though group membership has declined 8% over the year. Only 8 of the 38 county groups have seen an increase and those only by a few. Penny pointed out that 70% of Plant Heritage members are now signed up for Gift Aid on their membership and this has produced additional income of £17,500 in reclaimed tax for Plant Heritage showing how useful it is.
As usual the Plant Sales table held some interesting plants at very reasonable prices and Edna Squires and Helen Brown were kept busy helped by David Cann and others.