Langeleben Reunion Association
 
 

MINUTES OF THE 24th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

ON 26 AUGUST 2017

AT KÖNIGSHOFF HOTEL, KÖNIGSLUTTER

INTRODUCTION AND LAST POST

The meeting, attended by 54 members, honorary members and German guests, was opened at 1100 hrs by the Chairman, Rod Goddard. He welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked the Bürgermeister, Herr Alexander Hoppe, for being in attendance.

 

The Chairman then invited the meeting to stand as he read out the names of those members who had passed away since the last meeting:

Alan Caine

Peter Todd

John Gant

John Plaskitt

Following the Exhortation, recited by the Chairman, a minute’s silence was observed during which the standard was lowered by Standard Bearer Robbie McCallum.

 

APOLOGIES

The Secretary read out apologies from those who had been unable to attend the reunion:

Derek Fowler, Clive Sanders, Gerry Kane, Dave Street, Bill Hogg, Ray Armstrong, Rod Walker and Bob Wells.

 

MINUTES OF THE 23rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The minutes of the 23rd Annual General Meeting had previously been circulated on the branch website. Robin Seaward proposed and Jim Husband seconded that the minutes were a true reflection of proceedings at that meeting.

 

MATTERS ARISING

Commemorative Plaque

A plaque had been added to the Branch Bench at the National Memorial Arboretum to commemorate the late, much missed President, Maj Gen Peter Baldwin CBE.

 

Branch Donation

Following the donation of €1,000 to a charity of the Bürgermeister’s choice, a small delegation had accompanied the Bürgermeister to the Rudolph Deisel School, Königslutter, which had benefitted from the donation. A wonderful school for physically and mentally handicapped children, with impressive facilities and which was a very happy place. Riding for the Disabled was much loved by all of the children and was where our donation was spent.

 

PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS

The President, Maj Gen Tim Inshaw CB, addressed the meeting saying that he felt very humble as those present represented hundreds of years of service, he had never actually served in Langeleben, and that he was born in the same year that 2 Squadron, 1st Wireless Regiment was formed! He talked in glowing terms of the Branch, its website, Listening Post, continued connection with Königslutter and the spirit and comradery that so obviously exists within the membership. He felt it a great privilege and honour to have been asked to be President.

He then went on to deliver an update on the Army and the Corps. Currently the manning levels within the British Army are at its lowest since Cromwell. That said, there is considerably more importance now based on the roles of the Royal Corps of Signals and the Intelligence Corps. He felt that those two bodies together probably make up a higher percentage of manning within the Army than ever before. Both Corps are soon to be enhanced and better exploited within an Information Manoeuvre Command and are at last getting the profile and resources that they have always deserved.

 

BÜRGERMEISTER’S ADDRESS

The Bürgermeister, Herr Alexander Hoppe, thanked the Branch for the invitation to be present at the meeting and welcomed the Branch again to Königslutter. He made mention of the town’s twinned association with Taunton and emphasised that, despite the discussions and consequences of Brexit, this would not have any influence on the friendship with the town of Taunton or the Langeleben Branch. He went on that, in these times of dastardly terrorist attacks, the Langeleben Stone stands as a symbol of the unprecedented bonds of friendship between British soldiers and the inhabitants of Königslutter. He was very pleased that the Branch are now regular guests of the Schützenfest thus helping to uphold historic local traditions. He wished all a very happy stay in Königslutter and looked forward to welcoming us again in 2018.

 

HORST FUNKE ADDRESS

Herr Funcke again welcomed the Branch to Königslutter and presented the Chairman with a very impressive cup as a memento of the weekend.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer, John Rosson, presented the financial statements for 2016 and up to 27 June 2017. The current balance of the Branch stands at £3,894.29.

 

SECRETARY’S REPORT

The Secretary, Charlie Charlesworth, reported that since the last Annual General Meeting six new members had joined the Branch bringing the total of active and honorary members to 459.

 

He then went on to thank:

·                Tom Perkin for maintaining and updating the Branch website

·                Marlene Brooks for preparing, editing and distributing the Listening Post

·                John Richardson for all of the local arrangements that need to be made in Germany to enable the weekend run seamlessly.

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary had all indicated a willingness to continue to serve in those posts. John Evans proposed, and was seconded by Stuart Macleod that they should all continue for a further year. The vote was unanimous.

 

25th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE TIES

100 high quality, 100% silk, hand-made, 25th Anniversary Commemorative Ties, designed by Robin Seaward, had been produced for sale to the membership at £20.00 each and were on sale after the meeting. These to be sold during the course of the year and again at the 2018 meeting, stock allowing.

 

25th ANNIVERSARY LELM PROPOSAL

Herr Heini Feddeck proposed that during the course of the 2018 weekend a function be held in the Lelm Sports Club. The Chairman thanked Herr Feddeck for this opportunity and reported that it would be considered by the Committee when making arrangements for the 2018 Reunion..

WEEKEND ARRANGEMENTS

Our “Man in Germany”, John Richardson, gave details and timings for the activities taking place over the weekend.

 

2018 25TH ANNIVERSARY ARRANGEMENTS

The Chairman, Rod Goddard, asked the meeting for suggestions for the 25th Anniversary weekend. Dennis Weir suggested, and was seconded by Farmer Vaughn, that the Saturday celebrations take exactly the same format as in 2009. This suggestion was accepted by majority vote.

 

There had been a suggestion, by John Richardson, that the Schützenfest theme for 2018 could be “British” but, if this was the case, the Branch would need to embrace the event. This was unanimously agreed by the meeting.

 

The suggestion for a formal dinner on the Sunday evening was proposed but was not carried.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Dennis Weir proposed that, in this day of social media, the Branch should have its own Facebook page set up as a closed group. Chris Jones had been willing to set this up and the suggestion was accepted by majority vote.

 

DONATION

Frau Ilona Hawxwell addressed the meeting and, having been the beneficiary of a will, had donated part of the proceeds ( €500) to the Branch. This was greeted by a very grateful round of applause.

 

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 1200 hrs.

 

 

  

 
 
 
 

Last updated 07 September 2017