The Branch has not submitted any news recently so the following is a brief of what has happened since our AGM on 30 November last year, which was held at the White Hart Hotel in Harrogate. The first draft of the 2019 Branch Programme was put together and the Branch Officers agreed to serve another year, with the exception of the Treasurer, who stood down due to other commitments. His position has been taken by Pam Miller. As well as the Council-funded place for the Forum, it was agreed that the Branch would sponsor five more members to attend.
The January Branch Meeting was held in Bradford, where the Branch Programme was finalised. This meeting was sponsored by the Branch and hosted by Helen Bromley of St. Luke’s Hospital.
March saw us at the premises of Green Eco Technologies (pictured) in Hayward, Lancashire, who manufacture the WasteMaster solution to waste management. This is a very clever piece of equipment, which reduces all your waste food by 80 per cent and converts it into an odour-free compost-like material using Mixed-ion Reactive Approach (M.I.R.A.). It all sounds very technical but we saw it in action and it’s amazing.
Our next Branch Meeting on 26 June is at the Flying Duck Public House and Brewery in Ilkley, so should be well attended! It is being hosted by Neil Godden of Royal Smilde Foods, and the lunch is being provided by Nick Hogan from Tiffin Sandwiches – both of whom will be giving presentations, along with Zoe Farmer of Nims Crisps, part of Partners in Product. Given the location and the three presentations, this should be a very interesting meeting.
The Branch was represented by eight full members at the Forum at Celtic Manor. The Forum is covered in full in this issue, so I will just say that it seems to get better year-on-year and the venue, trade show and speakers were all excellent. The experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We were very proud that our own Branch Member, Pam Miller, was presented with the coveted Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service award – well done, and well deserved.