Good afternoon everybody, Welcome to our 16th AGM and
reunion, who would have thought that in 1992? I Hope that you
all had a safe and uneventful journey and have all settled in
This year, obviously because of the unique occasion, 75 members are in
attendance and in total, with families and guests, 140 of us
will be enjoying the weekend.(This does
not include the local and civic guests that will be joining us
tomorrow). Considering the general economic situation it is a
fantastic turnout, we have tried to keep costs down to a
minimum, all our expectations have been realised and I hope that
you will find that this years gathering will be one for the
last AGM 20 new members have joined us, (who said we were a
dying association?) Our official total membership now stands at
You may not
realise it but this weekend has been three years in the
planning, the idea for the commemorative stone was first
suggested at the 2006 reunion in Loughborough, we made our first
application to the Landkreis Helmstedt authority in June of that
year, a lot of letters E-mails, phone calls and hard work by
many people, not to mention the fantastic financial support of
our members, has brought us to this point today.
especially like to thank Paul Ellis, our very talented
stonemason for what is indeed a work of supreme dedication and
skill as you will all see tomorrow.
We thank our
Assistant Secretary John Richardson for representing us over
here, for leading us through the bureaucratic minefield and for
choreographing tomorrow’s order of ceremony and the weekend
Itinerary. We also owe thanks to his able team of Dave Thomas
and Paul Croxon for helping organise the ceremonials, for
obtaining the services of the army band, for arranging the
excellent exhibition in the Town Hall and on top of this obtaining a handsome
donation from the Intelligence Corps Association.
must also go to John Rosson for arranging and financing, at no
small cost, the delivery of the commemorative stone to
and to Peter Ellis for babysitting the stone on its journey over
I would also
like to take this opportunity to thank Marlene Brooks, our
excellent Newsletter editor for her work in successfully
launching the “Listening Post” which was so well received and is
especially intended for our members who otherwise miss out on
what is happening in our association. I am sure the next issue
in August will be mainly devoted to this weekends’ events. Don’t
forget to send in your articles and photographs, the newsletter
can only survive with your input.
reunion, enjoy old and new friends, and let us hope that the
weather is kind to us during our stay.
Minutes of the 16th
Held at the Königshof
was opened by our Chairman Jim Husband at 1615 hrs; the Chairman
welcomed the members and introduced the committee.
speak was the Secretary who gave the apologies of those members
who for various reasons could not attend. The minutes of the
2008 AGM had previously been distributed and were deemed to be a
true record of the meeting, proposed by Paul Croxson and
seconded by Sam Cowan and accepted unanimously by the floor.
then introduced our President Peter Baldwin who perhaps, in view
of the fact that he was destined to give two more speeches over
the weekend, kept his message short. Peter spoke about the
deployment of Royal Signals personnel and equipment in Afghanistan and the gradual lessening of our
Iraq. Recruitment in all the
services is steadily rising as is usual in times of recession
and growing civilian un-employment but recruits for the Royal
Signals are still below required levels.
introduced our treasurer Gerry Kane who gave a detailed account
of the association’s income and expenditure, which while showing
a healthy balance, was in danger of being diminished because of
the unexpected costs incurred over the commemorative stone
advised the floor that he would be collecting monies at the end
of the meeting for the cost of the buffet at the civic reception
and the Saturday evening fee for the Schützenfest supper, plus
the cost of the return bussing to Langeleben.
acceptance of the accounts proposed by Stephen Vaughan and
seconded by Dave Thomas was again unanimous.
Secretaries report see above:
All the committee members agreed to serve for the
following year and were unanimously returned.
Member Steve Vaughan advised members that he was
looking for sponsors for a 100 mile charity walk in aid of MacMillan nurses that he was participating in the over a week in
Secretary introduced assistant secretary John Richardson who
went over the arrangements for the dedication ceremony on
Saturday morning and arranged a rehearsal for the five standard
bearers after the AGM.
It was agreed that we should return to Burleigh Court Loughborough for the end of May bank holiday
weekend if we could agree favourable terms.
closed at 1730 hrs.
14 January 2017