Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting
Held at Burleigh Court
on Saturday 26th May 2012 at
The meeting was attended by 54 members
and proceedings opened by our Chairman Jim Husband who then
introduced the members of the committee. The Chairman read out
the roll of honour, this was followed by a minute’s silence, our
President; Major General Peter Baldwin recited the Act of
remembrance as the Langeleben standard was lowered by bearer Tom
APOLOGIES: The Secretary Ernie Callaghan issued apologies
of those members who for various reasons were unable to attend.
OF 18th AGM: The minutes of the 18th AGM previously
handed out for the benefit of attending members and published on
our website and in our newsletter were accepted by the floor
after a proposal by Ray Armstrong and seconded by Dave Thomas.
PRESIDENTS ADDRESS: Major General Peter Baldwin in a
humorous and short address spoke of the consolidation and
rationalisation of the Royal Signals Corps.
TREASURERS REPORT: Our Treasurer Gerry Kane issued a
detailed report on the branch’s current financial situation
which showed an embarrassingly healthy balance, mainly due to
the committee’s prudence and generous donations from our
members. Gerry suggested that perhaps we should consider setting
aside a portion of our final balance to be donated to agreed
charities. After a long open discussion it was agreed that £1000
should be apportioned to the following five recipients.
1. BLESMA, (British Limbless Ex Service
Men’s Association), £500.
2. Royal British Legion poppy appeal,
3. 621 Ordenance bomb disposal unit,
4. 18 Signals Regiment. £100.
5. Arnulf Baumann’s Kenyan Orphans
Acceptance of the financial report was
proposed by Ray Armstrong, seconded by John Rosson and accepted
by the floor. Gerry asked that attending members paid him the
monies for the ordered events at the end of the AGM.
Good morning all.
It’s great to see such a good attendance
again this year, we have some 90 members and guests over the
weekend, which considering the present economic situation
confirms your commitment to our unique association.
Seven new members have joined us since
the last AGM, the latest recruit, member No.514 Fred Simpson
served at Langeleben in the late 1960’s and various postings up
to 1977, Fred now lives in the Falkland Isles so our fame is
Again I would like to thank both our
webmaster Tom Perkin and Marlene Brooks, editor of “The
Listening Post” for doing such a great job in keeping all of our
members up to date with events. Marlene has asked me to
encourage more of you into providing what is the lifeblood of
the newsletter, that is copy; we need more articles, more old
memories,stories and photo’s of your times at Langeleben or
indeed in the services.
We especially need more input from the
younger generations who served in the 70’s, 80’s and up to the
closure of the camp in 1991.
If anyone here is not receiving their
copies of the newsletter please see me after the meeting and we
will put it right.
You will have heard that Gerry, Jim & I
have expressed the desire to stand down from the committee, we
gave notice ten months ago that after nearly 20 years and now in
our mid seventies it was perhaps time to smell the roses and
pass the baton on to a younger element with fresh ideas to take
the association forward.
So far not one person has volunteered,
not one name has been recommended. A couple of members that we
thought would fit the bill have declined so we are still where
we were nearly a year ago.
All three of us are happy to carry on
for the next year to take us on to our 20th anniversary reunion;
we must however instil in you all the pressing need for a shadow
committee to be placed in situe as soon as possible to cover all
We will discuss the issue in detail
later on in the meeting when we get to Item 8, ELECTION OF
OFFICERS and the floor has had time to think of ways that will
guarantee continuation of our association.
We hope that you and your guests enjoy
the rest of the weekend and look forward to seeing many of you
again next year.
Could I please ask you all to sign the
attendance book at the end of this meeting.
ARISING: Chairman Jim Husband announced to the membership
that honorary member Arnulf Baumann had recently received one of
the highest civilian awards in Germany: The Federal Cross of
Merit and Distinguished Service Medal, (equivalent to our OBE).
Arnulf, long time Mayor of Königslutter and a great help to the
association over the years accepted our congratulations and told
us of the charity that he helps to run for orphans in Kenya and
that our generous donation would be used to supply the children
with ethnic musical instruments. Member Peter Ellis proudly told
the floor that his son Paul, also an honorary member and carver
of our magnificent memorial in Langeleben, had been commissioned
by Lincoln Cathedral to produce a stone replica of the
coronation crown, Paul has now completed this task and the
result is indeed inspiring, It will be placed within the west
wall of the Cathedral soon. Paul has an introduction to the
Queen on the 13th of June...
OF OFFICERS: The Secretary advised members that as no
offers to replace the existing committee had been received the
current committee were prepared to continue on for the next year
to take us on to our 20th anniversary reunion. To ensure
uninterrupted continuance of the Langeleben reunion branch a
shadow committee must by then be put in place.
REUNION: It was agreed that our reunion in 2013 be held
in Königslutter at the end of August to coincide with the town
Schützenfest and we will be working to that effect.
meeting closed at 1250 hrs.