Annual General Meeting - 20 May 2017
As a Registered Co-operative, Wimbledon Labour Hall Co-operative Society Limited has an annual meeting of shareholders, known as the Annual General Meeting (AGM), where events over the last year are reviewed, the accounts of the Society are scrutinised and discussions take place about the running of the Society and future developments. For 2017, 35 shareholders and observers attended and the Officers of the Society presented reports.
Leonie Cooper AM
Once the formalities of the AGM were completed the guest speaker was the London Assembly Member for Merton and Wandsworth, Leonie Cooper, who gave talk about her work on the London Assembly and this was very well received. Leonie has had a career in the field of social housing, focussing in the last 10 years on the energy efficiency of buildings and resident behaviour change. She has worked with numerous social landlords across the country, advising them on their corporate approach to environmental sustainability. This has included analysis of energy and water efficiency, waste minimisation, transport use and biodiversity.
At the London Assembly Annual Meeting on 13 May 2016 Cooper was confirmed as the new Chair of the Assembly's Environment Committee 2016-18, and as a member of the Assembly's Housing Committee.
William Morris Award for Contemporary Arts and Crafts - 17 March 2017
This year the Management Committee decided that we should initiate a bold venture so that we could promote the reputation of William Morris as one of this country's most pre-eminent British designers and also remind people that his socialist beliefs, both artistic and altruistic found their high point here in Wimbledon. To this end we set-up the William Morris Award for Contemporary Arts and Crafts.
This competition was open to all residents of the borough of Merton and gave three prizes for two categories of entrants. One for adults and one for those under 18.
A small panel made up of local artists and people connected with the arts was set-up to judge including Simon Betts, Dean of College, Wimbledon College of Arts; Tony Kane, Founder, Time and Leisure; and Steve Spence, Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts London.
The 2017 William Morris Lecture "Work, Art and Abundance - how Utopian socialism became possible" - 9 March 2017
A lecture by PAUL MASON Writer Broadcaster Film-maker. Author of Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future
Paul Mason is a well-known journalist and writer on the politics and economic challenges facing modern society in the 21st century. Paul was formerly Business Editor for Newsnight, Economics Editor for Channel 4 News and also is a past lecturer in music at Loughborough University.