We said this year’s AGM would be a little bit different and it was! writes Fran Graham.
Instead of being in the same room, we were together online to hear about Bramley Elderly Action’s year and our aims for the future once infection rates allow us to be in-person again more often.
After eight years on the Board, our Chair Stuart Quin stepped down alongside Vice-Chair Caroline Gruen. We can’t thank them enough for their work over the years. Stepping up to Chair the BEA Board, we welcome Toby Parsons and look forward to working with him.
Special guests, the Lord Mayor of Leeds and BEA’s Patron Rachel Reeves MP, welcomed the members, volunteers and supporters of BEA to the AGM, before official business to report back on the year just gone from a strategic, financial and operational perspective.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds reminded us to stay active and stay connected and since she is such a positive person we all agreed to do exactly what she said!
Rachel Reeves MP reflected that reducing social isolation – has almost never been so important – and thanked the BEA team for adapting to the pandemic to keep people together, safe and as happy as can be expected.
As is traditional at our AGM, we thank the volunteers who have undertaken many years of service for local older people.
BEA would like to thank the following for their ongoing support and remarkable dedication to making life better for other local older people:
Joan Lockett (26 yrs service), Jennifer Evers (26 yrs service), Joan Haigh, Stanley Farrar and Sally McHale.
A big thank you to Fuzzy Jones, our technical trouble-shooter and problem-solver – for turning our challenging idea into a smooth-running afternoon.