Annual General Meeting


In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus breakout, all events organised by the SWCPA including the AGM in June are cancelled. We hope to hold the AGM at the same time in June 2021, at the same venue in Minehead. For more information on the AGM governance and accountability for 2020, please see the message from our chairman here.

For more information, please check our latest Covid-19 impact update in our news section. Thank you for your understanding at this challenging time.

The 2020 AGM will be held at The Beach Hotel in Minehead on Friday 12th June. 

The AGM day will start with refreshments at 10:30. Food will be available from the hotel bar between 13:00 and 14:00 or, as the hotel is so centrally situated, you may want to take yourself off for a wander around Minehead. We will reconvene in the afternoon for the official AGM.

If you are planning on making a weekend of it, there are plenty of places to stay in the local area of Minehead, including several of our business members such as The Yarn Market, Sunfield B&B, Northfield Hotel, The Parks Guest House, Anchor cottage and Sparkhayes Farm Campsite.

All of these businesses can be found in our latest Complete Guide to the South West Coast Path 2020-2021 or by searching Minehead, using our accommodation finder

The Beach Hotel are happy to offer a room discount of 10%, for those of our members wanting to stay at the hotel for the night of the AGM or the weekend. Please call the hotel on 01643 704765 to book your stay and quote BH10 to take up the offer.

About the hotel

In November 2013 the YMCA Somerset Coast Group purchased The Beach Hotel with the view that the old hotel could be an opportunity to restore the heart of a community.

Today, the charity are committed to helping young people in the community to shine. Apprenticeships, training and support are offered to develop the talent in the hotel kitchens and other services. Many of the apprentices go on to become full-time additions to our energetic and professional staff team.

The Beach Hotel offers a luxury stay, contemporary cuisine, a wonderful location and, as a bonus, know that every penny you spend goes back to a great cause. 


Call For Trustee Nominations

We are now inviting nominations to stand for election as Trustees. 

We are currently looking for someone with financial/accounting skills, and/or experience of the health and wellbeing sector.
We are committed to improving the diversity of our Board and we particularly welcome applications from women, those in the BAME community and people with disabilities. Trustees are a vital part of the governance and oversight of the charity.
If you’re interested in getting involved, you can download a trustee prospectus here.

How to apply

Nominations must be received by the Association no later than 12-noon on Monday 27th April 2020. Nominations must be proposed and seconded by two different members. We will need to be given the names and addresses of the proposer and seconder, although we only publish the names in the formal meeting papers. Members proposing or seconding a nomination do not need to attend the AGM.

You may send your nomination(s) to the Association office by post to:
South West Coast Path Association, Unit 11, Residence 2, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP.
Or by email to [email protected]

In addition to nominations, members may submit resolutions for discussion at the AGM. These must also be received no later than 12-noon on Monday 27th April 2020.
You can find further information on how to submit a resolution in section 3.7 of the association rules, which can be found by visiting Key information.

In accordance with clause 22 of the constitution, the meeting papers are to be made available to you, including the association rules and constitution. All relevant meeting papers will be made available at the AGM and prior to that on our Key information page. Please call the office if you wish to obtain paper copies.

About the area

Exmoor is on the doorstep of The Beach Hotel. The Exmoor coast is characterised by two main landscape types. The first is the meeting of the rolling expanse of high moorland and the sea. The coastline itself is one of high cliffs, some of them among the highest sea cliffs in England. Views are often extensive inland, over the undulating moorland, while seaward, in good visibility, the coast of Wales may be seen across the Bristol Channel. The second main landscape type comprises of steep and deep valleys which cut across the moorland cliffs. These valleys are typically wooded, often with ancient oak woodland. Often these woodlands spread along the adjacent cliff faces. Views from the Coast Path here are inevitably less extensive, and sometimes quite limited by the woodland, but the nature of the ancient woodland makes for an environment of considerable ecological interest.

You can escape for some great walking, horse riding 4×4 safaris or enjoy the beach. If the tide is in, wild swimming and paddle-boarding are both options, or if the tide is out there is a huge expanse of beach to explore.

Find walks from Minehead and in Exmoor by clicking on 'Start your journey' here.