Reunions 2016 and 2017
Reunion 2016 was again well received although the promised sunny weather did not materialise! Unfortunately four members had to cancel during the week before the reunion due to Various health issues’. Hotel management has been very understanding and no cancellation charges have been levied.
On Saturday morning we arrived early for our cruise along the River Avon aboard the Rita Ellen. A day or so previously we had been asked if we would be inconvenienced if the cruise were to be extended from 45 minutes to an hour at no extra cost. An executive decision had been made on the spot and the extra time allowed us to travel further up river. Our tour guide, Romeo, was a walking encyclopedia on things Shakespearean and pointed out waterside features of that we would probably not have otherwise appreciated. He quickly summed up our group and responded with equal banter!
After a period of retail therapy in Stratford we returned to the hotel and assembled for dinner at 7.30 pm sharp. As we have grown to expect the food was good; The service impeccable and the company sparkling. The evening was tinged with sadness as two staunch supporters had died since our last reunion. Pearl Strange, accompanied by son and daughter-in-law, was greeted by a spontaneous round of applause. A letter from Mrs. Pat Cank was read out followed by news that she had treated us to Port for our toasts. This, again, was greeted by spontaneous applause. Ray and Pat Cank’s son and daughter. Carl and Kelly were accompanied by Carl’s son, Joshua, and daughter, Chelsea and their partners.
Committee members met on Sunday morning and some reported that members had gone out of their way to comment favourably on the hotel, staff and meals. After very short discussion it was decided to return to Warwick again next year and the second weekend in September (8th-10th) has already been booked. A number of members had taken the opportunity to book in a day early this year thus missing the Friday traffic jams and having an extra day to explore the area. Next year’s Booking Forms will include the opportunity to book in on Thursday next year.
John & Joyce Home have undertaken to visit Johnson’s Coaches and seek their advice regarding places to visit on the Saturday morning.
A more complete report will be published in the next ‘Bulletin’ which is due to be published in October/November when sufficient details of Reunion 2017 will be known for booking forms to be included.
John Hill reported on his work to produce a comprehensive Association website and a preview can be seen at https://royalsignals.org/19-signal-regiment. What John has achieved so far is very impressive but it is still very much work-in-progress. A copy of the Association Roll-of- Honour was on display in the dining room. This is now sensibly complete apart from adding new names as they are received and of finding a more appropriate, hard-back, binder.
Frank Smith reported that the Association funds are still in a healthy state and that the value of the Jupiter Strategic Bond, purchased for £5,466.47 in March 2014, has at last recovered to almost that value (£5,424.13) and is expected to provide an income in the order of £180 (3.3%) during this financial year.
If you have any comments or suggestions for the good and benefit of the association please, pass them to any committee member.
Pat Soward Chairman 13th September 2016