A message from our Chairman

Virtual AGM 2021

Dear Members,

Hopefully you will have seen that Trustees have made the reluctant decision to not hold our AGM in Minehead this year but to postpone this until 2022 and hold a virtual event instead. The AGM takes a considerable amount of organisation and rather than cancel altogether, as many events have been, we wanted to take the decision early enough to arrange and hold a different kind of event that many of you will be able to attend virtually. This will allow us to grasp the opportunities available to us post Covid-19 and ensure the SWCP is at the centre of the Path to Recovery.

The meeting will enable our usual governance matters to take place, that is a chance to vote for nominated trustees and to approve the Annual Report and   Accounts. It will also enable you to hear about our work over the past year and recognise the achievement of all our completers. An email with more details will be sent out separately.

The 2020 Trustee’s Report and Accounts are being independently examined by our accountants Bishop Fleming. Once this is completed, we will share the Report with members and set in place a process to allow members to review and comment prior to its approval at the AGM. More detail on the mechanics of how this will work will be shared in the next few weeks. 

In addition to the formal AGM we intend to run two additional sessions to coincide with the G7 Summit:

  • In collaboration with the World Trails Network, an international trails panel will  discuss how trails can help the Path to Recovery post Covid-19 and address the challenges of Climate Change.
  • This will be followed by a South West Coast Path Forum looking at the environmental, economic and health & wellbeing impacts of the Coast Path. 

Members are welcome to join all sessions and more details will be shared in the coming weeks and months. We hope by hosting the AGM virtually, more of you will be able to join us than ever before.

I hope this clarifies our position regarding the decision to hold a virtual AGM and addresses the implications for members. I know how many of you like meet at the AGM with staff, Trustees and fellow members at this time of year to enjoy a walk together on the Trail. We are considering how we might make this happen later in the year.

Finally, l would like to wish you and your family well as we move out of the lockdown due to the pandemic and hope that you will be able to enjoy the Coast Path fully in the not too distant future. 

Ken Carter

SWCPA Chairman


Published on: March 9, 2021