21st ANNUAL REUNION
TILLINGTON HALL HOTEL, STAFFORD
5th – 8th MAY 2017
This year’s Annual Reunion took place for the fifth time at the Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford over the weekend of the 5th – 8th May. It was the final time there, as we thought a change of venue was just about due, and might possibly boost attendance figures for next year. The total attendance was 122, made up of 76 members and 46 guests, slightly down on last year.
Another reason for the change of venue was to give us new ideas for places to go on our usual two coach trips. Peter Mersh, who has taken over as Reunion organiser, came up with a couple of excellent suggestions. On the Saturday a good coach-load headed north to Liverpool to visit the Albert Dock World Heritage Waterfront Site. Some of the party ventured out on an open-top bus tour of the city, and I heard it was just a bit chilly out there! Peter’s suggestion for the Sunday trip was to the Aircraft Museum at Bruntingthorpe. Rather less went on this trip as lot of us like to set off on the journey home straight after the AGM.
The Saturday night Gala Dinner followed the usual format. Chairman John Dicks welcomed us all, and proposed a vote of thanks to the staff at Tillington Hall who have served us over the past five years. He presented the Chairman’s Cup to our Treasurer Richard Collins. Following the dinner was the usual raffle, the culmination of a year of shrewd shopping by Pat Holt, who always manages to get plenty of prizes at the best possible prices. We thank those who gave us additional prizes on the night. Pat also spent the weekend in her new role as Regalia Officer, and between us we sold quite a few polo shirts, badges and other sundry items.
The weekend was considered a great success, and we thank Peter Mersh for all the planning he put into it, along with Isle of Wight Tours for making all the detailed arrangements. Next year’s gathering will be at the Novotel, Nottingham, right by Junction 25 of the M1, and we look forward to seeing a good crowd of our members and their guests there. It will be held on the Mayday Bank Holiday weekend, 4th – 7th May.
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