BNCLT Election Meeting Re-scheduled

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Date: April 29, 2021


Dear Member

For all of you who attempted, but were unable, to join the BNCLT Members Special General Meeting for the election of Trustees last night, a huge apology.

The link to join the Zoom meeting was unfortunately miscommunicated between the facilitators of the Zoom meeting and the BNCLT team and this only became apparent when we began receiving emails from Members to advise us they were unable to get into the meeting.

In the circumstances we feel there is no option but to re-schedule the meeting so that everyone who wanted to participate will still, hopefully be able to do so. We are required to give 14 days notice of a Members Meeting so the meeting will now take place by Zoom at 7.30pm on Thursday 13th May.

Some key points:

  • To avoid any repetition of last night’s problems, can you please contact BNCLT Secretary Sara Clarke to advise you would like to attend the re-scheduled meeting and she will send you the Zoom link. Sara.clarke.bnclt@outlook.com
  • If you cannot make the new date but would still like to vote, postal and email voting is being re-opened immediately and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 12th May.
  • For consistency, new Membership applications will be suspended through the extended pre-election period, re-opening on Friday 14th May.

Once again, we would like to offer fulsome apologies for the frustration some of you experienced yesterday evening, but please feel sure you will have a new opportunity to vote in person on May 13th if you have not already done so.

On behalf of the BNCLT team,


Steve Chipperfield

Chair of Broadhembury Neighbourhood Community Land Trust

For much of my career I was a co-entrepreneur and writer in the media, marketing and publishing sector. As a keen sailor I constantly had to juggle my time between my business and personal interests. I eventually solved that by starting a consultancy focused on sailing superyachts. In parallel to the above, I was a Director of Friends of the Earth for some years, Trustee of the UK Sailing Academy for 25 years and co-founder of The Whirlwind Charitable Trust. These last two aim to enhance the life opportunities of disadvantaged young people through sailing and outdoor pursuits.
Reasons for Standing
I have lived in Broadhembury for almost seven years but have regarded the place as special since my first pint in the Drewe almost 50 years ago. I therefore want to see Broadhembury evolve sustainably and with full respect for its community and the conservation of its surrounding landscape and built heritage. Those are the reasons I decided to join the initial steering group set up by BPC and to become a Trustee when BNCLT was legally established. The same reasons stand behind my application to continue as a Trustee.