Having read newsletter editorials of many of my illustrious predecessors, I now find to my amazement that it is now my turn to produce a few paragraphs for this publication. I was surprised and honoured to be elected to the Presidency of Wesley Past Pupils Union, and I wish to thank all the members that made this possible. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since taking office last May, time has flown and now I find myself in the home straight.
My first engagement was the Northern Branch AGM held in Glaslough, County Monaghan, in the beautiful Castle Lesley on a Sunny Autumnal Saturday. I take this opportunity to thank our northern members for this enjoyable afternoon. Due to a double booking we were forced to move the Golf Outing and Dinner from the August slot to early October, once again lady luck came to our rescue and we enjoyed good weather for the event.
October was a very busy month, as well as the Northern A.G.M. and the Golf Outing we also had what I consider the main event of our year, the annual Dinner, held once again in The Royal, St George Yacht Club. Present that evening were the Class of1957 who arrived early in great form determined to have a good time. Our Guest Speaker was the versatile veteran of the after dinner circuit, David Rowell who showed what an excellent entertainer he is. The evening was a great success enjoyed by all present.
I had the honour of making the first presentation of the New Transitional Year Award “The Spirit of Transition” at a college prize day. A new event which recognised the growing popularity of bridge was held in the college in November. The tournament was well attended and has the potential to become a successful annual event.
The London reunion held once again in the Gvoman Tower Hotel was well attended and enjoyed by all present. One feature I liked this year was that many of our U.K. members were prepared to stay on after the meal and socialise with the visitors.
The Friday evening visit to the Theatre is now an established part of the weekend and this year it was “The Sound of Music” which I thought was an excellent production.
As I write this I look forward to the Table Quiz now held in Old Wesley R.F.C. I suppose we should now consider calling this a Pub Quiz. My final outing will be down to Kilkenny for the Midlands and South Reunion. A visit to this city is an enjoyable experience and I look forward to meeting members at this event.
The Web Site is now an important part of communication with the membership and we endeavour to keep it up to date as regards events, photographs etc. Once again the newsletter will be available on line. Please excuse some repetition if you read this article after reading my Web Site Message.
I have enjoyed attending the Dinners’ of our Kindred Associations where hospitality and friendship were provided in abundance. Apart from a few hangovers and some extra weight I have survived intact. Finally I want to thank my excellent hard working committee which have made my term of office so easy and enjoyable.
A special mention for our Hon. Sec. Valerie Grimes, Hon. Treasure Alison Galbraith, the committee Dynamo Peter Squire assisted by Derek McCullagh who made sure that I did not sit on the job. I hand over my chain of office to Iris O’Ferrall, Our New President in May and I take this opportunity to wish her success and enjoyment in her year of office