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Annual General Meeting 2015

On Saturday 6 June CPRE Derbyshire met for its AGM at the stunning Hardwick Hall, one time home to Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury.
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During the morning, Ian Hunt from the National Trust kindly led us on a fun and informative tour of the grounds with some insights into current restoration 027 (1).180x120projects such as the Duck Decoy. One of only two of its type remaining in the world, this ingenuous contraption was once used to trap ducks for the House table and is about to undergo a £250,000 restoration returning it to its former glory. 
Following a hearty buffet lunch of jacket potatoes and chilli we had an interesting presentation by Alison Clamp of East Midlands Rural Housing, which provoked some interesting discussion about the process of identifying and delivering against needs for affordable rural housing. Many positive examples were given of how small, well-designed and well-located rural housing developments can help meet local need without causing unnecessary harm to rural character.
Shortly after the formal business of electing officers and verifying the accounts, the day was brought to a close with, what else, but tea and cake! CPRE Derbyshire would like to thank all of those in attendance and in particular our hosts, the National Trust, for such an enjoyable day.


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