Monday, 12 November 2012

Presentation of the Marsh Heritage Volunteering Award

Bob and Richard receive the award from
Brian Marsh applauded by Dame Fiona Reynolds

On Saturday November 10th Bob and Richard, with Sylvia, attended the AGM of the National Trust to collect their Marsh Heritage Award.

The AGM itself was much more interesting than we had expected.  The big names at the helm of the Trust, particularly the Chairman Simon Jenkins, proved to be very good at fielding questions from the floor and delivering thoughtful and believable answers.

The meeting was dominated by the departure of  the Director General, Dame Fiona Reynolds.  She had obviously created a powerful impression on those she worked with, and earned deep respect and loyalty.  The tributes paid to her were very fulsome and emotional.
Brian Marsh poses with us and
our plaque and certificate

The time finally came for us to go up on the stage and receive our plaque and certificate from the founder and chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, Brian Marsh, to loud applause from the large crowd of members at the meeting.

This may not be the place to discuss it, but I couldn't help feeling there is a disconnect between the lofty ideals of Simon Jenkins & co and the reality of the 67,000 volunteers who are mainly loyal to their property rather than the abstraction of the Trust.

The Plaque

The Certificate

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