The loyal toast/ Green fields and Welfare were dealt with first. The minutes of September 2019 meeting were passed. The Secretary gave a quick description of his visit to the Royal Albert Hall for last night of the Proms. Dave Orman then gave the branch a rundown on the recent branch trip to the Normandy battlefields. This was a private visit by a number of branch members and spouses, but they laid a wreath and planted a number of crosses on behalf of the branch.
It had been hoped to give an update on the planning for Arras 80 as there had been a planning briefing involving HHQ the day before. Unfortunately no information arrived, so the November meeting should include an update. Members were reminded that returns for the January Ladies lunch were required no later than the December Meeting. Speaking of the December meeting? this is normally just a social event , not a meeting and so no guest speaker. However, the guest speaker pencilled in for November cannot make it, but can make December. Those present all agreed that we should take what's on offer, so we will have a guest speaker at the social gathering in December.
This has left an opening for the November meeting? Chris Locke who is also a committee member for the Friends of the Tank Memorial Ypres Salient, volunteered to fill the gap and will address the branch in November and let us know all about his "other" activities!
For me the meeting ended on a low, as I did not win a prize in the raffle!