Hello everyone,

Here we are in December, with Christmas only 3 weeks away. I am sure the years get shorter as it doesn’t seem 2 minutes since I wrote the last Christmas message.

I would like to thank Bob Cook for taking over as the club’s Treasurer and welome him to the committee. I would also like to give a big thank you to Lyn Aldous for the years she spent as treasurer keeping the books in order.

The reunion at Torquay was a huge success thanks to Noreen and the staff at the hotel. As one reunion finishes so the planning for the next one gets underway and this year it will be in the safe hands of Dave and Lyn Aldous at the Garrison hotel in Sheffield.

The next event in our calendar will be for Ted to get into the loft and pass all the Christmas decorations down. Our grandson got married in August and so he and his wife will be spending their first Christmas in their new home and I have to say their Christmas trees are amazing. No matter how hard I try mine will look nothing like theirs. I try to keep to my theme of red and gold but I collect souvenirs of our holidays and so some of the baubles are a bit unusual. We have souvenirs from Malta, Italy,Australia, New Zealand,Hawaii, Vancouver,Halifax Nova Scotia, New York, France, Germany and all around the U.K. We started collecting this type of souvenir many years ago and we still do it.A bauble doesn’t take up much room in your luggage and they are a great talking point when I am decorating the tree. As I have always said ‘ I  do Naff very well’.

Don’t forget Iain will be looking for articles for the magazine and Dave and Lyn are looking for your bookings.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. Some members, I know, will find it hard this year as there will be an empty place at the table but hopefully being surrounded  by friends and family will help you to enjoy the celebrations.

I wish you all a great 2024.

Hazel x