Green MP and party leader Caroline Lucas (right) sent the following message to the recent AGM of East Devon Green Party.
“Happy first birthday to East Devon Green Party and congratulations for all the work everyone has put in so far. 2011 looks set to be an exciting year for the Greens and I hope you will continue to grow and flourish.”
Members at the meeting held in Sidmouth on Saturday 15th January celebrated their first year together and enjoyed an inspiring talk by Paula Black (on right with Sharon Pavey) Green Party county councillor for Totnes Rural. Paula talked about how much she has been able to achieve since being elected in 2009 and how being a green councillor fits around being a busy mum.
Members re-elected Sharon Pavey as co-ordinator. Sharon reported on her 2010 candidacy in the general election and looked forward to the district council elections in May. 38 year old care worker and mum of two Sharon, lives in Honiton and will be contesting the St Michaels ward.
From left – Paul Bennett, Sharon Pavey, Ana Pulteney, Paula Black & Sharon Howe
Other officers who were elected were:
Sharon Howe (Sidmouth): Membership Secretary
Paul Bennett (Sidmouth): Minute Secretary and Treasurer
Geoff Sharples (Budleigh Salterton): Election Agent
Oscar Pearson (Ottery St Mary): Young Greens Officer
Henry Gent (Broadclyst): Press Officer
After a busy year of activity, the retiring treasurer, Kerry Gibbons of Sidmouth, thanked all the members for their generous donations and invaluable help at fundraising events.
Both Kerry and the out-going membership officer, John Crew of Honiton were thanked for their work during 2010.
The East Devon Green Party members are now looking ahead to their next gathering in Exmouth on Saturday 19th February at the Christ Church Hall on North Street. It is an opportunity to meet the Greens and ask questions plus talk about important issues in Exmouth. Open to all from 10am – midday. Tea and coffee provided, plus a play area for children. More details here.