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The Annual General Meeting

September 2018

In what has become part of the usual agenda for our AGM our chair welcomed those attending and gave us a brief reminder of the events we have enjoyed over the past year. This was followed by the secretary, treasurer and programme secretary setting out the state of play on their individual responsibilities. While still hoping that we fulfilled the requirements of the mandatory procedures, we moved swiftly on to the recreational activities.


2018 is the 20th anniversary of the foundation of our club, so it seemed appropriate that we had a little celebration to mark the occasion. Yes, we normally have a few eats at the AGM, but being a round number we decided to have a special anniversary cake and a few bottles of bubbly. Long before the start of the meeting Jane and Chris Dalton had been hard at work setting up the hall with the tables and chairs. We even had tablecloths and decorations. By the time we all arrived they had transformed the village hall into a party venue. Jane had also provided each table with a diverse selection of sandwiches.

In case people got a little bored while eating we had a short quiz. Many famous actors work under a stage name and the quiz involved identifying them from their birth name, for example; by what name is the actor Laruschka Mischa Skikne better known? Well, everybody knows that, so to make it more interesting each name had a secondary, more difficult, question. In this example; what kind of candidate was he in 1962? There was intense rivalry as members on the table with the most points were permitted to leave early.

We then had a slide show featuring some of the places we had visited and the people we had met over the previous twenty years. Sadly, we did not have pictures right back to the beginning, only as far as 2000. I like to think that it was the afternoon proceedings that inspired two of the members to join the committee; we look forward to working with them in the coming months.

The overall results from last year’s competitions had been totaled and the results were as follows:


Floral: Sue Cunningham. Fruit / Vegetables: Jane Dalton. Seasonal Photograph: Patrick Alzetto.

The three winners each received a prize of £10.00 (making next year’s membership free).


The competition for the coming year started at this meeting and the results were as follows:



First: Sue Cunningham.

Second: Chris Dalton.

Third: Lyn Sparks.


Fruit / Vegetables:

First: Sue Thomas.

Second: Prue Szczepanowski.

Third: Sue Cunningham.


Seasonal Photograph:

First: Ed Szczepanowski.

Second: Sue Thomas.

Third: Prue Szczepanowski.



Our first meeting of the 2018/19 season will be on Wednesday, October 10th. Louise Chapman will be telling us ‘Tales of a Lady Mole Catcher’. Doors open at 13:30 for a 14:00 start. Don’t forget the usual competition – if you don’t want to be left behind.


Edward Szczepanowski.


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