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The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held at Picton
Castle, near Haverfordwest, on 14th April, 1955, by kind invitation
of the Hon. Hanning Philipps and Lady Philipps. Some 150
members were present.
The Chair was taken at 2.30 p.m., by the Rt. Hon. Lord
Merthyr. Mr. R. M. Lockley, the Society's Secretary for the
previous year, moved the adoption of the Eighteenth Annual
Report, and the Minutes of the 1955, Annual General Meeting,
and the Statement of Accounts for the year ending 31.12.55,
already circulated to members. He referred to the increase of over
two hundred in membership and to the initial success of the Society's
journal, Nature in Wales. The cost of producing this quarterly was
greater than was at first anticipated but he suggested that members
could help very much in reducing this cost by obtaining advertise-
ments for inclusion in it. The adoption of the Report was
seconded by Mr. D. G. Sansbury, who pointed out that much
credit was due to the editors of Nature in Wales.
The Report was unanimously adopted.
The following officers were unanimously elected Chairman
of Council, Mr. R. M. Lockley Vice-chairman, Mr. Thomas
Davies Hon. Treasurer, Mr. T. W. Harcourt-Roberts Hon.
Secretary, Mr. D. G. Sansbury.
Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. M. Richards, retiring under Rule 12,
were re-elected to the Council. Mr. Joseph Harcourt-Roberts
and Mr. Dillwyn Miles were elected to Council to fill vacant seats.
The Council's proposals for Amendments to Rules, of which
details had already been circulated to Members, were passed
Votes of thanks were accorded to the Hon. Hanning and Lady
Philipps, for the use of the Castle for the Annual General Meeting
and for entertaining Members to tea.
Two films were shown Woodpeckers by Heinz Sielmann,
and The Life of the Honey Bee
Dr. Elfyn Hughes, Conservation Officer for Wales, Nature
Conservancy, gave an address on Nature Conservation in Wales."
He pointed out that there were two groups of Nature Reserves
recognised by Nature Conservancy National and Local. The
latter were of limited extent and their establishment depended on
Local Authorities and not Whitehall. These Local Nature Re-
serves were of great educational and cultural importance. The
speaker praised the pioneer work done by the West Wales Field
Society. Some very beautiful colour slides were shown of the Cwm
Idwal and Cader Idris National Nature Reserves.
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