The 2017 REUNION WARWICK.
The reunion this year was once again at the Warwick Hilton and was attended by 35 former members of the Regiment and a number of friends and families.
Many actually started to celebrate on the Thursday evening (although the reunion was not due to start until Friday).
Friday evening was very informal with the usual greetings to old friends, plus a very informal dinner. In addition to the usual buffet dinner, the hotel always prepare a delicious curry on our behalf. The hotel really do look after us well and normally, anything we wish for is granted.
Saturday was an early starter and as usual, John Horne had prepared a coach for a visit this year to Trentham Gardens. A major restoration project has given the gardens the feeling of England’s golden years. The Italianate garden’s sculpted bushes, grasses, and flowers make angles along walking trails over an expansive patch of land. The shops and restaurants are numerous and very varied and though it rained for part of the time, there were many shopping bags on the return coach. For the more adventurous, one could have taken a walk through the gardens toward the woodlands, where over 140 monkeys watch you from the trees. There are no fences or pens keeping the monkeys away from the visitors, but wardens are on the watch to ensure your safety. The Saturday coach excursion was paid for from Association funds.
The committee decided that this year, the formal dinner layout would be one long table instead of the usual round tables which only held eight people. The problem it appears is to find a room large enough. The man we call “Mr. 19 Sigs”, Pat Soward welcomed us all, especially those who were attending for the first time. We were then asked to remember those members who had sadly passed away over the past year. “We will remember them!”
Once again the dinner was excellent. The meal was hot, on time and very very tasty, and was served by a posse of waitresses The choice was excellent and to the best of the committee’s knowledge , there were no complaints. Mr. Vice ( Frank Smith….all the way from Dundee) proposed the usual toasts and the Port and Madeira toasts were donated by Mrs. Pat Cank, in memory of her husband Ray who died last year. During the evening, John and Joyce Horne were presented with appropriate presents, Pat thanking them for many years of hard work and dedicated service to the Association. Then coffee was served during which Pat Soward chaired the Annual General meeting. He gave his own report on the Association, especially mentioning the younger members and then the webmaster (That’s me…John Hill..) gave a brief report on the current state of the website which appears to be well visited. He did however request more short stories and anecdotes for the website so that it does not stagnate. He thanked those members who had forwarded experiences and photos from our era, (mostly in the 50’s and 60’s). Frank Smith, the Treasurer then gave an account of the Association funds and Pat welcomed Alan Lewis to the committee.
Pat reminded us of the regalia which is available to members and there is little doubt that more Association ties will be worn next year. Watch this space !!. After dinner, members retired to the bar….and you can guess the rest.
On Sunday morning, the committee met. Alan Lewis will take over the task of assistant editor and part of the role will be to encourage new members and assist in preparing The Bulletin. Mrs. Pam Craven will take over as the bookings member liaising with the hotel during the year in preparation for next year’s dinner and accommodation. She will also arrange the Saturday visit assisted by Joyce Horne who has undertaken the job herself for a number of years. (Next year’s Saturday visit will be to the very popular Black Country Museum). Pat thanked John Horne for the excellent work be has undertaken as part of the Saturday visit team, but who is now retiring from the post.
Sunday morning is always a very sad occasion, saying farewell and often, “fingers crossed” see you next year.
(more pictures on the reunion slider)