The meeting was attended by 54 members and
proceedings opened by our Chairman Jim Husband who then
introduced the members of the committee and our guest Alexander
Hoppe Bürgermeister of Königslutter.The chairman read out the
roll of honour, this was followed by a minute’s silence as the
Langeleben standard was lowered by bearer Tom Neal.
The Secretary Ernie Callaghan issued apologies of those members
who for various reasons were unable to attend.
MINUTES OF 19th AGM:
The minutes of the 19th
AGM previously handed out for the benefit
of attending members and published on our website and newsletter
were accepted by the floor after a proposal by Peter Westwell
and seconded by Neil Mapp.
VICE PRESIDENTS ADDRESS:
In the absence of our President Major General
Peter Baldwin our Vice President Rodney Goddard welcomed the
members and thanked them for making the physical effort to
attend our 20th
anniversary reunion. He offered a special word of thanks to the
Bürgermeister for taking time out of his busy schedule to be
with us this day.
Rodney explained that he was standing in for our President
Peter Baldwin who was unwell and was thus unable to make the
trip this year and asked the floor to join him both in thought
and prayer for Peter and Gail at what was a difficult time for
Rodney went on to give us an outline of what was going on in
our two principle Corps, (Signals and Intelligence) with the
reductions in manning in 2020 of around 14% Royal Signals and
10% Intelligence Corps bringing the army total strength down to
82000, this will result in an increase in the number of
As a result there will be approximately 200 Royal Signals
personnel in our main areas of interest divided between
Cheltenham, RAF Digby and Cyprus.
With the help of our interpreter member Michael Braham is
published in full on the website.
Our Treasurer Gerry Kane issued a detailed
report on the branch’s current financial situation which showed
a healthy balance despite our generous donations totalling £1000
to various charities at last years AGM, Acceptance of the
financial report was proposed by Denis Parr seconded by Tom
Allum and accepted by the floor. Gerry asked that attending
members paid him the monies for the ordered events at the end of
The Secretary Ernie Callaghan started by again
thanking the members for a great turnout on our 20th
anniversary reunion, despite the economic
situation we had 54 members attending and with families and
local guests over 100 people would be enjoying the weekend.
He also thanked the Bürgermeister Alexander Hoppe for finding
time during the busy Schützenfest celebrations and for cementing
the special relationship between our association and the town of
He announced that the reunion branch membership had continued
to grow with 14 new members joining since the last AGM in 2012.
He also mentioned the thanks we owed to our webmaster Tom Perkin
and our newsletter editor Marlene Brooks for keeping us in touch
with events over the year.
The Secretary also announced that sadly this would be his
last report as he was now standing down from the committee after
nearly 15 years and that it had been a privilege and a pleasure
to have served the members for all this time, it had been a
great period in his life but we needed a fresh and younger
approach to guarantee the continuation of our unique
ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
As three members of the committee, Jim Husband, Gerry Kane
and Ernie Callaghan had expressed a wish to stand down after
serving on the platform for some 52 years between them this left
vacancies for the positions of Chairman, Treasurer and
Nominations were proposed and seconded for members Roger
Longden Chairman, Clive Sanders Secretary, Richard Pickup
Assistant Secretary (UK reunions), John Richardson Assistant
Secretary (German reunions) and John Plaskitt Treasurer. They
were all unanimously elected unopposed by the floor.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
Member Clive Sanders our poet laureate made a presentation of
a framed poem to the Bürgermeister which was received with
The secretary announced that member Tom Allum had arranged
the design and manufacture of a sample number of baseball caps
with the logo’s of the Royal Signals and Intelligence Corps and
the Langeleben veterans. They were on sale for £7 each, the
profits going to branch funds.
Member Ilona Hawxwell made an emotional speech thanking our
members that went over to Germany to attend the funeral of her
husband George Hawxwell who died last September, she was
especially proud that member Michael Braham had arranged for a standard
bearer and bugler to give George a military style farewell as
was his wishes.
Honorary member Arnulf Baumann said a few words thanking the
branch for their donation of £200 last year for his charity for an african children’s school to obtain
ethnic musical instruments and books, he showed a photograph of
the school principal receiving the gifts.
It was agreed that our reunion in 2014 be held at Burleigh
Court Loughborough during the last week in August so as to keep
equilibrium with the Schützenfest schedule in Königslutter.
The meeting closed at 1245 hours.