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110 attend 42nd AGM at Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

11 Mar 2013 12:27 | Deleted user

A busy AGM in the superb surroundings at Gaydon drew some 110 members. So suitable and generally accessible were the premises that feedback messages indicate we should book there for next year. The facilities were great, as was the food and the company, of course... well that was pretty OK too!

The Auction sold some £2250 worth of bits and pieces, and even as bits of metal are being smuggled covertly into homes past watchful partners, ideas are coming out of the woodwork as to how things might be developed for next year - even the offer of a pre-AGM auction catalogue which would enable more distant members to bid and to ensure that we can all see what's on offer.

Well done to all who played any part in this memorable day: to our speakers, SBA President, Sir Neil Cossons and our afternoon speaker, Tim Bryan. We'll see you all next year.

Mark Rudall (Chairman)



  • 14 Mar 2013 16:10 | Anonymous member
    well done mark, and all your team. i thought the venue was great, and although i did
    not partake in lunch or dinner, the lunch looked really good i undersand the dinner
    was also a great success.look forward to meeting up with you all some time soon.
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  • 15 Mar 2013 17:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Great venue, easy to get to with plenty of parking. If we go again can some time be allocated to go round the museum, perhaps after the AGM and before dinner it could be opened to us to go round or instead of a talk a guided tour of the museum.

    Re the auction it is becoming unwieldly. A pre auction catalogue is a good idea but I do think a lot of the lots (ie all those that were going for under £5) should have been on the table top sales. Perhaps the basic value could be upped to say that all items in the auction should have a minimum value of around £10 - might sell for less but at least this would make the auction more manageable and less time consuming.

    All in all though a very successful AGM. Congrats to the team.
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    • 22 Mar 2013 15:30 | Anonymous member
      Louise and I really enjoyed the day and the venue was great. Well done to all those who orgnaised it!

      As a man who (again) had to smuggle a large quantity of material home I really find the auction very valuable - so no complaints here!

      As a small suggestion; at the Hereford social day we had some members providing "expert" talks on things (like Nickle Plating and boat electrics)... these are really good for those of us of a practical persuasion wanting to learn and sharing of the wealth of expertise in the association would be really good... another approach is a Gardener's Question Time with a table of experts answering (pre-registered) questions from the audience, or the "bits and pieces" discussions that occur in the Model Engineering community...

      anyway, Thankyou all...
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