H4EU Meeting Notes

Herefordshire for Europe meets regularly 
and we publish our notes for openness and transparency. 
Any of our 660 members can attend but only elected 
Executive members can vote in the unlikely event that 
one is needed

Herefordshire for Europe
Summary notes on a meeting
28th September 2021

Present: Guy, Richard J, Richard H, Ben. On zoom: George, Fenny, Harriet

Financial report

Guy reported the account contained £800

 Correspondence
  • Ledbury Brexitometer report published in Ross Gazette
  • Also on H4EU FB which stimulated a considerable debate on comments
  • Noted that H4EU is not on the EM groups map – Richard has raised this with EM
Social Media
  • Noted that the website front page provides clickable access to previous newsletters
  • Noted Guy is trying to get posts to members' emails – more work needed on this.
  • Noted newsletters will be monthly and hopefully with a main theme – suggestions would be helpful from Exec meetings - possibly current supply issues
  • Noted no significant supply problems in Germany, despite a shortage of HGV drivers
Questionnaires
  • General impact questionnaire: noted no responses yet
  • Business questionnaire has now gone out to 40 addressees in 31 businesses
Noted that whatever the response level, the questionnaires are a constructive consciousness raising initiative.

Nationbuilder
  • Noted the 32 pages of guidance but little information about activating the account
  • Richard is following up
European Movement meetings

Regional meeting
  • Harriet to speak to H4EU activity on the Brexitometers; Nigel on the business questionnaire
  • Discussed Brexitometer questions and the possibility of standardising
  • Noted plans for Brexitometers in Hereford, Shrewsbury and Ludlow
EM AGM
  • Noted National Council nominations closing dates
  • Agreed to nominate Richard Jones, Richard Henson or Jill Hanna, but subsequently noted not possible for RH as eligibility date has passed; and JH did not wish to stand now because of workload for European Commission and Leominster Town Council
 Events
  • Noted the 6th Form and College of Arts events – the latter had been strongest
  • The staff had been encouraging of the event
  • Noted had reminded the sign ups from those events for the Erasmus+ webinar
  • Considered whether there can be a specific YEM item on the website menu
  • Noted the postponement of the Professor Grayling event – agreed to rearrange with his office before Christmas – eg Thursday 23th Guy to check
  • Erasmus+ seminar – arrangements underway. Agreed to use EM zoom login if available
Banners
  • Agreed Guy to order new banner including names of other groups
  • Noted Harriet has ordered an easel for Brexitometers
Any Other Business

Annual General Meeting
  • Agreed in the first Quarter of 2022
  • Considered January anniversary date (29th January) or Europe Day (8th May)
  • Considered a regional event with following AGM for H4EU, probably virtual
Next Meeting
  • 18th October
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Summary notes on a meeting on 7th September 2021
At De Koffie Pot, Hereford

Present:
On zoom: George Longstaff, Fenny Smith
De Koffie Pot: Richard Jones, Jill Hanna, Guy Wilkinson, Harriet Pahl
Apologies: Tom Misselbrook, Nigel Higgs, Jo Henshaw, Ben Bennett
Finances
Noted balance at £835 as at 30th August(?). 
Correspondence
Noted congratulations on newsletter from Jon Hill, West England Bylines.
Website: noted Guy continues to update the website.
Facebook: noted additional Exec Committee members can be admin enabled on public FB.
Email address. Noted new email address which forwards to Richard but not yet to Guy.

General Questionnaire: 
Noted.

Business Questionnaire
Noted agreement of Worcestershire for Europe and Malvern for Europe to include their businesses. Nigel, Guy, Fenny and Richard will follow up. Richard to send latest version to George for Regional meeting.

Nationbuilder: 
Noted the guidance had been received. Concerns about the complexity. Noted that we simply want access to EM members in Herefordshire. George will raise at the Regional meeting. Requested that Anna should offer a practical in-person guide to Nationbuilder operation.

EM Branches Forum election
Noted with pleasure the election and confirmation of Yvonne Wancke as Chair. George will send material for a newsletter article.
Agreed George would send to Guy a note of the regional meeting for the Newsletter.
Noted Richard to chair the meeting.
Discussed the Special General Meeting and amendments proposed in relation to branches and affiliates. Nigel and Richard had written to the EM National Council in response to Richard Wilson’s request. Noted importance of EM as grassroots mass movement organisation. EM has core beliefs and policies but many other organisations can be supportive without subscribing to all policies.

Hereford 6th Form College Freshers Fair 8th September
Noted the arrangements.

Hereford College of Arts Freshers Fair 21st September 
Noted the arrangements.
Noted need to prepare as much as possible ahead. Need to listen to students' views and interests. Jill has prepared fliers but YEM have not yet produced resources.

Grayling talk on 16 September
Need to have EM zoom login urgently.

Erasmus Plus webinar
H4EU with West Midlands. Planned for 13th October 6.00pm. Local speakers – Sarah Southam ex Birmingham now in Estonia, Katherine Davis at Malvern, ex Erasmus Plus programme speakers.
Noted speakers will focus on what we have lost by not being in Erasmus and positive future opportunities.

Other events
Noted possibility of an event with schools and e-twinnings.Noted need to keep our membership abreast of developments in the EU which are not being reported in UK media.7th May 2022 London March for Rejoin
Richard has provisionally booked coaches.
Harriet to take forward Brexitometer event in Ledbury.
  1. Strategy document
    Need to identify people to lead on three strands.
  1. Thanks 
    To Richard and George for their work.
  1. Next meeting
    28th September at De Koffie Pot and on zoom.
Summary notes on a meeting on 17th August 2021
At De Koffie Pot, Hereford

Present:
On zoom: George Longstaff, Fenny Smith
De Koffie Pot: Richard Jones, Jill Hanna, Guy Wilkinson, Harriet Pahl, Ben Bennett
  1. Finances
    Noted balance at £835 as at 30th July
  1. Correspondence
    Noted congratulations on newsletter from Jon Hill, BylinesWebsite: noted guy continues to update the website
Facebook: noted additional Exec committee members can be admin enabled on public FB
Email address. Noted new email address which forwards to Richard but not yet to Guy

General Questionnaire: 
  1. Noted
  1. Business Questionnaire
    Noted agreement of for Worcester for Europe to include their businesses. Nigel, Guy, Fenny and Richard will follow up. Richard to send latest version to George for Regional meeting
  1. Nationbuilder: 
    Noted the guidance had been received. Concerns about the complexity. Noted that we simply want access to EM members in Herefordshire. George will raise at the Regional meeting. Requested that Anna should offer a practical in-person guide to Nationbuilder operation.
EM Branches Forum election
Noted with pleasure election and confirmation of Yvonne Yanke as Chair. George will send material for a newsletter article
Agreed George would send to Guy a note of the regional meeting for the Newsletter
Noted Richard to chair the meeting.
Discussed the special meeting and amendments proposed in relation to branches and affiliates. Nigel and Richard had written to the EM national Council in response to Richard Wilson’s request. Noted importance of EM as grassroots mass movement organisation. EM has core beliefs and policies but many other organisations can be supportive without subscribing to all policiesHerefordshire 6th Form college Freshers Fair 216th SeptemberNoted the arrangements.

Hereford College of Art Freshers Fair 13th October 
Noted the arrangements
Noted need to prepare as much as possible ahead. Need to listen to students views and interests. Jill has prepared fliers but YEM have not yet produced resources
Need to have EM zoom login urgently

Erasmus Plus webinar
H4EU with West MidlandsPlanned for 13th October 6.00pm. Local speakers – Sarah in Birmingham, Catherine Davis at Malvern, ex MEP speakers. Also possible speaker from Solihull.
Noted speakers will focus on what we have lost by not being in Erasmus and positive future opportunities

Other events
Noted possibility of an event with schools and e-twinnings
Noted need to keep our membership abreast of developments in the EU which are not being reported in UK media
7th May 2022 London march for rejoin
Richard has booked a coach
Harriet to take forward Brexitometer event in Ledbury
  1. Strategy document
  2. Thanks 
    To Richard and George for their work
  1. Next meeting
    28th September at De Koffie Pot and on zoom
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