At the AGM, incoming chairman, Andrew Weaver, thanked retiring chairman, Dick Coggins for his considerable contribution as a committee member, and for his enthusiasm and style of leadership over the last four years.
Jonathan Hughes , General manager for Pembrokeshire National Trust, accepted the PNTA donation cheque from Dick Coggins. Most of the money will be used to pay for interpretive cushions, for the Tudor Merchants House, in Tenby, whilst the remainder will go towards an all terrain wheelchair, for Stackpole.
Jonathan gave a run down of activity and progress for the National Trust sites in Pembrokeshire, including the opening of the overflow car park at Colby, the success of Treleddyd Fawr as a rental cottage, and plans to improve access and parking at Southwood Farm.
Mike Greenslade, the manager at NT Stackpole Estate, then gave a talk about his first year in the post, and the contrast from his previous military and I.T. background. He highlighted the extensive areas of land that are managed by the trust, stretching from Freshwater West to Lawrenny Woods and Lydstep Headland. In addition his organisation covers catering, outdoor learning, business development, events and sports, all seeking to preserve the “spirit of the place”.