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The 2017 Remembrance Service will take place on Sunday 5th November, followed by a three course lunch. Those wishing to attend should advise outgoing Secretary, Jennie MacKay (Secretary@elshamwolds.org.uk), from whom further details can also be obtained.  Menu choices should also be advised to her: forms were despatched to Members with the summer Newsletter (No.52).


As previously agreed and advised in Newsletters, the 2018 Reunion will take place on Saturday and Sunday 1/ 2 September. The events and timetable for the weekend and future of the November Remembrance Service are currently under review and will be advised to members by the end of this year (probably with the Winter Newsletter). - Added 18 September 2017


Reunion Weekend

Our 36th consecutive Annual Reunion over the (English) August 'Bank Holiday' weekend started with the traditional Saturday Dinner, at the Golf Club.  Musician John McAllister, who recently joined the Association, entertained the company with six songs from his recent album, accompanied by Nancy Hughes.  The evening was the first public performance of the numbers from ‘N For Nan’ – dedicated to the crew of F/O Guy Johnston, lost on the Nuremberg raid of 30/ 31 March 1944, in which John’s uncle was Bomb Aimer.


Following the Annual General Meeting (see below) and buffet lunch on Sunday, everyone made their way to the Memorial Garden for a service of remembrance.  This was conducted with his usual aplomb by Canon Peter Hall and music provided for a second year by the Market Rasen Band.  Although the planned flypast by the BBMF did not take place due the majority of their aircraft being grounded, a Tender from the RAF Fire museum was on display. The service concluded with music played on a 1940s Gramophone by Hull GP, Dr Jay Pinto as a tribute to those who flew at that time.  It was particularly poignant to hear ‘So Deep Is The Night’ sung by Richard Tauber, which was the inspiration for the title of 103 Navigator, Don Charlwood’s, first book, ‘No Moon Tonight’.

 

The weekend, concluded with the Sunday Supper, where musical entertainment was provided by singer Jayne Darling: invited back by popular consent after her stunning performance, last year.  Once again, catering throughout the weekend was by Chris Sharpe and her team from Your Chef Ltd.


As always, none of this would have happened without the tireless organisation of our departing Secretary.  Thanks are also due to the ATC Cadets from 866 (Immingham) Squadron and all who helped decorate the Village Hall, lent equipment, assisted with running the bar and other tasks. Updated 20 September 2017


2017 AGM

As previously intimated, Secretary and Events co-ordinator, Jennie MacKay, stepped down at the Annual General Meeting, where Chairman, Bob Whymark, also advised that he no longer wished to seek re-election, for personal reasons.  Sincerest thanks to both for significant contributions and considerable time given to Association activities during their years in office.  With no nominations received for either role, these positions are currently vacant.


The Meeting agreed a number of actions, including a review of the format of future events (noted above).  Members should be assured that the remaining Committee are progressively addressing this and other matters arising from the AGM, whilst ensuring that the Association continues to function and thrive, as before.


The proposal for an Association Constitution was also discussed at the AGM.  If adopted, this would formally define a framework for administration of the Association and collate key decisions made at recent AGMs.  A draft has been written specific to the needs of the Association, with flexibility, fairness and consensus, in mind.  It is based on existing practice and precedent, although several areas of administration where clarification is required were identified in developing the draft.


The Committee will finalise a draft document for circulation to all members for comment, with a view to publishing any changes, prior to a vote on the final document at the 2018 AGM. - Added 20 September 2017

 


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