The Secretary’s bit
Well, here we go with 2012.
I didn’t get the chance to slow down last year, so I guess it’ll be another busy one! Aside from our visits to the caravan, we went on a coach trip to Belgium. The weather was mixed but we still managed to get to Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges. Our visit to Ypres for the evening service and Last Post was one of the highlights. It is wonderful that the people of Ypres still honour the dead of the First World War with such an emotional service – every night!
This year, we are planning a visit to the Floriade – along the lines of the garden festivals held in the UK between 1984 and 1992, but several times larger. They are held in Holland every 10 years and we first went to the 2002 Floriade between Amsterdam and Haarlem. This year it will be just outside Venlo, on the German border.
Following a suggestion from a Veteran, we are compiling a list of forenames and nicknames in an effort to make the various lists less formal and enable people to distinguish between Veterans with similar initials. So please fill in the spaces on the Subscription/Ticket application form.
With regard to the subscription, we regret that we must increase the rate to £6.00 per annum. The Association invariably operates with a deficit and this is the first increase since the subscription was introduced.
Please note that we have brought forward the date of the Reunion to Saturday 14th April in order to avoid a clash with the Marconi Day at Sandford Mill on the 21st. Our speaker will be Tim Wander and we will have on sale copies of his latest book on Marconi. Tim is a ‘Friend’ of the Association and, having heard him speak, I am sure you will find his talk fascinating. If you cannot be at the Reunion, he will also be at the Marconi Day.
I am still getting the odd order for the Photo CD and will have a few for sale at the Reunion. If we sell out, you can order one to be sent to you as soon as I have made it.
If you know of an ex Marconi employee who does not receive the Newsletter please urge them to contact me as soon as possible. It may be that they have moved or not replied to a confirmation request of a few years ago. It’s also possible that they left with 21 to 24 years service and have now become Veterans by virtue of the recent reductions in service requirement
The ‘Friends of The Marconi Veterans’ Association’ has been set up to cater for anyone who does not qualify as a Veteran but wishes to be kept informed of things Marconi. Numbers are growing slowly with, currently, over 20 members and any more would be welcome.
The three registers (the Main register, In Memoriam and Friends) are now published on the website so please have a look if you can and let me know of any errors.
Please note that I am now retired and can be contacted at the address below. Finally, I would like to wish you all a very prosperous 2012 and hope to see as many of you as possible either at the Reunion or the Open Day at Sandford Mill.
Barry Powell, Secretary, Marconi Veterans’ Association, 22 Juliers Close, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 7EP
Phone: 01268 696342 (answerphone if we are out, please leave a message and I will ring you back)