Minutes of the 22nd
AGM of the Langeleben Reunion Branch
Held at the Avalon Hotel, Königslutter-am-Elm
on the 29th August 2015 at 11:00 hours.
The meeting was attended by 46 members and
proceedings were opened at 10:56 hours by our Chairman, Rod
Goddard, who welcomed everyone to the branch AGM, especially our
guest, the Bürgermeister of Königslutter Am Elm, Herr. Alexander
Hoppe. The chairman then read out the Kohima Epitaph and the
meeting held a minute’s silence for our fallen comrades, as the
branch standard was lowered by our standard bearer Tom Neal.
The Secretary, Clive Sanders, read out the
apologies of those members who for various reasons were unable
MINUTES OF 21st
The minutes of the 21st AGM, having
been previously been circulated on the branch website and in the
Listening Post, were taken as read by the meeting. There were no
In the absence of our
President, Major General Peter Baldwin, our Vice-President,
Rodney Goddard, read the following address on his behalf:
“There must be many of you who are
wondering whether this old fellow they call “The President”
actually exists. I can confirm that he sits miserably at home,
conscious that he is missing yet another splendid reunion of a
group of people who, through a common interest, formed close
friendships, which will sustain them over the years ahead.
I have always regarded the Y Services as a
close-knit family, who shared a joint interest in the work they
were doing and the sporting trophies they won.
I am writing to ask you to express my
disappointment for something that I think is going to dog the
months or years to come. Never the less, both Gail and I will be
thinking of you as you visit familiar places and enjoy one
anothers’ company in the evenings. We shall miss you.”
The Vice-President, Rod Goddard, then gave an
address on the future structures of both the Royal Corps of
Signals and the Intelligence Corps. He also spoke on the
importance of our annual meetings and emphasized that the
influence of our reunions is becoming more essential in this age
of modern communications.
The Bürgermeister of Königslutter, Herr.
Alexander Hoppe, gave an address to the meeting, translated by
John Richardson, in which he again welcomed the branch to the
town and reminded everyone of the long friendly association
between Langeleben veterans and the town.
Clive Sanders, on behalf of our Treasurer,
John Rosson, read the
Treasurer’s report on the branch’s current financial situation.
This showed that for the year ending 31 Dec 2014, the branch
finances continued to be in a very healthy state. The branch
started 2014 with an opening balance of £4360.98p and at the end
of the year, the closing balance stood at £4457.58p.
The Branch Secretary, Clive Sanders, started
his report by thanking John Richardson, the branch’s
Königslutter reunion coordinator, for the wonderful job he had
done in arranging
this year’s reunion. He also thanked Heini Feddeck, Ilona
Hawxwell and Horst Funke for their help with admin support for
the reunion. He reported that the branch now consisted of 451
members and asked the Chairman to welcome and hand a Life
Membership certificate to our latest new member, John Evans. He
also thanked Tom Perkin, our web-site manager and Marlene
Brooks, the editor of our association magazine, the Listening
Post, for the continuing excellent work they are doing to
support our association. Clive ended by saying that he hoped
everyone liked the Identity Badges he had made for this year’s
reunion and asked everyone to hand then back to him before they
ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
There being no vacancies in the committee
there was no Election of Officers.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
The Secretary, Clive
Sanders, started AOB by asking for a volunteer to provide a home
for the association’s banner, coffin drape and glass insignia.
Mike Sposito generously volunteered to look after these
important association emblems.
Clive next suggested that the branch should
make a donation to the Bürgermeister of Königslutter to be
passed on to a local charity of his choice. He suggested the sum
of 100 Euros should be donated. After some discussion it was
proposed by Ted Roberts and seconded by Dennis Weir that the sum
of 1000 Euros be donated to the Bürgermeister's charity. This
proposal received unanimous support from all the members. The
Bürgermeister thanked everyone for such a generous donation.
(Note:- It was afterwards confirmed by the Bürgermeister that
the donation would be given to the Support Group of the Rudolf
Diesel school for children with special needs.)
Clive then informed branch members of the
50 Year Badge awarded by the Royal Signals Association to
members who complete 50 service to the Corps, which can consist
of Regular Army service, TA service and Active service to the
Association or its branches. Gerry Kane already had received the
badge and Dennis Weir has applied for the award.
Peter Hailey asked whether hats may be worn
on the Schützenfest Parade, as the weather forecast was for a
very sunny day with temperatures reaching 33 degrees centigrade.
This was supported by all the members and it was decided that
hats should be worn to give some protection from the sun.
The provisional dates for the 2016
Loughborough reunion were agreed as 9th-11th
END OF MEETING:
The meeting closed at 11:40 hours.