Annual General Meeting: 20 & 21 April 2012
Leasowe Castle Hotel
General information from Tony Selman
A most successful AGM was held at the above venue and we will shortly be publishing some photographs and brief reports. In the meantime the following has been culled from The Chairman’s Log in the June 2012 QSO to give those who did not attend a flavour of the event.
The AGM itself was a great success and opinions have varied from “it was certainly one of the best” to “it was the best ever.” I think those comments are definitely at the quality end of the scale and ones we can certainly live with. The attendance for the AGM was the best for a good few years at 40 and an all comers record of 57 of us sat down for dinner. The event was admirably organised as always by Jim Loughlin and it was heart warming to see a beaming Treasurer, disguised as John Garner, as we had paid all our bills and made a slight profit – all wonderful happenings in the subterranean world of Treasurers. The afternoon visit was changed at relatively short notice to visit Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton, mainly because they had a well regarded Titanic exhibition. Even though we went there a couple of years ago the members I spoke to enjoyed the visit but we might perhaps have booked the return coach a little earlier as we stood in a distinctly nippy wind coming off the Irish Sea. Our thanks to Stan McNally for setting everything up so well for us. Our thanks also to the Leasowe Castle Hotel for once again looking after us admirably.
We have decided to hold next year’s AGM in Chelmsford. Although Leasowe has looked after us very well for 4 years several people thought we needed a change and we also hope that a change of location might bring in a few new attendees from the South East of England. Ian Channing has done some excellent leg work and the event will take place over the weekend of 26 to 28th April 2013 at The Atlantic Hotel in Chelmsford. Fuller details will be published in due course.
The use of badges this year was very popular and several members asked me to publish on the website what they looked like so that those who did not attend can see them. Can I also take this opportunity to remind AGM attendees to keep their badges for next year to reduce re-printing costs. This is page one of the proof before actually printing the badges themselves. The design is due to the ever excellent handiwork of Roger Bentley.
Various photos of events and individuals at the AGM will be added over the forthcoming days and weeks.