New leaders are required for the Alton Climate Action Network (ACAN) after the trio at the helm announced their intentions to quit their roles in May.

Jenny Griffiths, Eleanor Hill and Phinna Brealey have together managed ACAN since its inception in 2019.

Saying “we are not getting any younger”, Jenny, Eleanor and Phinna have decided to stand down as trustees by the end of May and hand over to a new leadership, with fresh ideas and a different approach, to take ACAN into its second five years.

Anyone interested  can email them at [email protected] – they said they would be “delighted to meet up for an informal chat”.

With the enthusiastic engagement of countless Altonians and local villagers, ACAN has developed as a hub for environmental advocacy and drives positive community change through a network of more than a dozen different groups and projects, all led by hard-working volunteers. It has a well-deserved reputation for climate action and innovation around the county and beyond.

Town mayor Cllr Ben Hamlin said: “Alton Town Council fully supports Alton Climate Action Network. The climate crisis is global.

“It can be difficult to see what we individually can do to prevent it. But we cannot afford to sit back and expect others to solve it for us.

“We can all do something, and the combined effect of us all doing what we can is the only possible solution.

“ACAN does a superb job of bringing together all the best ideas for individual action.

“If you wonder what you can do to improve things, ACAN is where you should get involved.”

ACAN is holding a public meeting on January 29 at 7pm in the Alton Maltings Centre.

It said: “Come along with your ideas and enthusiasm and seize the opportunity to get involved with the creation of ACAN Mark 2, with new people at the helm and a new vision.”