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Updates from this year’s AGM and Dinner

Annual Dinner at the Victory Services Club, London

The Annual General Meeting

Membership of the Armourers’ Association

This year’s AGM looked very closely at our membership rules, with our then Chairman, Ted Holroyd, proposing some changes that will affect new members coming into our Association.

Firstly, Ted proposed that our Spouses and Long-Term partners be able to join the Association as Honorary Members.

Secondly, Ted proposed that anyone who is not entitled to be a Full, Honorary or Associate Member under the current rules be able to apply for Associate Membership.

After a very long debate by those attending the AGM, both proposals were passed unanimously.

The rules have now been updated to reflect the voting at the AGM and you can see them HERE

Election of a New President

The post of President had been advertised on our web site and all members informed that we were seeking nominations for the post.  The Secretary received one nomination without seconder; Gary Marsh proposed Ted Holroyd for the position.

At the AGM Bill Hayles seconded the motion and a vote of those attending the AGM voted unanimously for Ted to become our new President.

Ted has taken over the post and will be formally inducted at our annual dinner next year.

As Vice-Chairman, Jay Neal was asked to succeed Ted as Chairman.  Jay accepted and has nominated a successor to the post of Vice-Chairman John Porter, who also works at Lyneham.  We will find out more about John and let you know the details.

The roles of our committee members have been agreed by the committee this year and are posted on the web site.  You can view them HERE

Within the the roles, each of the committee members is asked to seek a suitable successor and we have seen that in action with the changes that have taken place.

Annual Reunion Dinner

The dinner was held at the Victory Services Club, London and attended by 22 members and guests.  One member had to drop out of the dinner due to work commitments and 3 others due to the rail strike.

We were very well looked after by the staff at the VSC, with the duty manager Ed, being very helpful.

Attendees at the dinner included Colonel Lex Agathangelou, Colonel of the REME Reserves and Peter Goad, Chelsea Pensioner.  Peter was on Artificer Course No1!

The star prize at this year’s dinner was a pewter 81mm mortar.  The prize was donated by Ted Holroyd and this year won by Bill Hayles.

Well done Bill!

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