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2013 AGM An enjoyable and informative evening

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 13:41

Ian Jalland speaking at 2013 AGM Ian Jalland speaking at 2013 AGM Tony Stott

Local Foods in Leicestershire was the focus of the 2013 CPRE Leicestershire AGM held at Belvoir Brewery, Old Dalby last October.


Thanks to Dianne Login, owner of the Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby, more than 30 members and guests had a really enjoyable and memorable evening.  In line with the theme of the evening, we enjoyed a very tasty buffet of locally produced foods.  A highlight was the Brewery Tour at the end of the evening.

We heard three interesting and informative talks.  Dianne Login regaled us with her exploits getting the brewery off the ground and expanding into its current premises. She also talked of the efforts to expand their outlets and how they sell their beers across a wide area.  All this work required a great deal of perservance and skill. 

This was also the message of Ian Jalland of Brockleby’s, producer of award winning pies including delicious Melton Mowbray Pork Pies.  He talked about how he established his enterprise and developed the Brockleby’s brand of pies and how this was linked to the production on his local farms. 

One important point to come out of these two talks was the difficulty small businesses have dealing with the supermarkets in terms of their trading requirements. Giving extended credit to customers can be a killer for small enterprises starting out. 

Graham Willis, Local Food Campaigner at CPRE’s National Office, rounded up the discussion and talked about work of CPRE in supporting local foods and in particular he spoke of the research undertaken through the From field to Fork project that investigated the value of England’s local food webs, which culminated in a CPRE report published in 2012.

The evening began with the business of the AGM.  In his report, the Chair, Tony Stott, said that the branch had a busy, challenging and difficult time over the prevoius year.  The AGM resulted in the existing officers and committee being elected: Tony Stott, Chair, Richard Windley, Vice-chair, Pam Crankshaw, Secretary and Joyce Noon, Membership Secretary. Thanks to our new Treasurer, Caroline Pick and to Rick Hoyland for agreeing to join the Committee.
Our thanks go to Dianne and her team for making us so welcome and also to the speakers. While thanking people, we wish to say how pleased we were to welcome a representative of NFU Mutual and Pick's Organic Farm Shop, Barkby Thorpe, which displayed their produce and did some business. NFU Mutual kindly provided a raffle.

All in all, this was a great event. 


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