Annual General Meeting on Bragdøya, Norway Friday 25 - Sunday 27 May 2018            . From the horses mouth

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AGM 2018 - Saturday afternoon AGM 2018 - Friday night

Saturday morning

The following morning dawned (early, it was Norway at the end of May) with blue skies and sunshine (the app was still right) and an al fresco breakfast – eggs, ham, cheese, yoghurt, muesli, freshly baked bread, homemade jam, juice, tea, coffee – no way were we going hungry.

The first item on the itinerary was a tour of the island by the lovely Claus, including Bragdøya’s history.  A former mackerel processing site, the whole island is a public recreation area bought by Kristiansand council for the use of its residents in the late 60’s.  It is run entirely by volunteers providing a workshop, use of a number of boats - mainly wooden, a harbour, accommodation, kindergarten, café, and space for events such as our weekend and weddings.  After the introduction of a kitchen to provide catering for members and the events, the community started to earn money which now funds the upkeep of the boats and buildings on the island plus enterprises such as an ex-ice breaker for trips around the archipelago.  Claus showed us the wonderful workshop (the envy of many), Gerhart’s Villa where 10 of the attendees were staying, the ancient breed of sheep with bells around their necks who are employed to keep the vegetation at bay (more of them later) and some of the more basic accommodation.  Bragdøya really is beautiful.