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NORTH WEST GATHERING September 2019

On Sunday 8th September, 2019, twenty members and five guests met at the Ferraris Country House Hotel and Restaurant for lunch. This was our third Gathering of the year and it was held in conjunction with the 130th Anniversary of the B.S.A.P.

8030 Murray Russell had brought along a screen which was erected in the luncheon room and which depicted the many and varied aspects of the B.S.A.P. and life in Rhodesia through the years. Both the Rhodesian and BSAP flags were displayed. With this as a backdrop the following matters were discussed.

A warm welcome to 8014 Allan and Kathy Ross-Smith was made by all. Allan and Kathy had travelled up from Kidderminster to attend our Gathering. Allan is in process of organizing a Region in the Midlands. We wish him every success.

7050 John Willoughby gave a report back on the Parade at the National Arboretum. As usual matters went like clockwork and the new catering facilities were of particular note.

The Moffat Gathering in November was also discussed with 6508 Graham and Pat Rogers, 5907 Peter and Brenda Wilson, 7050 John and Colleen Willoughby, 9345 Jock and Caroline Gemmell and WP185 Cathy Mason and Ray Senior having confirmed their bookings with 7084 Frank and Margaret Dearden and 7902 Brien and Anne Bonynge awaiting confirmation of alternate lodgings in Moffat.

We have a new member in the pipeline who is 28359Z John and Joan Morton.

In the last report back it was mentioned that John Butterworth was not a member of the Association. This was incorrect. John Butterworth has been a member of the Association for some years but he has declined the invitation to join the BSAP North West Region.

Finally, 8800 Jim Taylor presented to the North West Region a selection of full-colour prints reprinted from the original Baines Book of 1865. The headline, ‘Dedicated by express permission to the Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society. The Victoria Falls, Zambezi River. Sketched on the spot during the journey of J. Chapman & T. Baines. By T. Baines F.R.G.S.’ It is our intention to enquire as to the values of these and subsequently raffle/auction them to raise funds for the Association.

Those in attendance were:

7902 Brien & Anne Bonynge, Ryan Bonynge Associate Member, 6508 Graham & Pat Rogers, 8030 Murray Russell and guest Robyn Mills, (6314) Val Marsden, WP185 Cathy Mason, Ray Senior Associate Member, Owen Senior guest, Lyndon Senior guest, 8800 Jim &Ellen Taylor, 8307 Flash Firth, Jeanette McMeeken guest, 5907 Peter & Brenda Wilson, 8014 Allan & Kathy Ross-Smith, 7050 John & Colleen Willoughby, 7192 Steve Robins and 7084 Frank & Margaret Dearden.

Apologies received:

7827 Geoff Blyth, 9786 Lance Combrinck, 7917 Dave & Angela Farrington, 9345 Jock & Caroline Gemmell, 9018 Mark Jordan, 7363 Brian McGarry, 8199 Bugs & Tess Moran, 4933 Rod Wilson (Ill health.) 7207 Arnold & Paula Woolley.

Our next Gathering will be at the same venue on the Sunday 8th December 2019.

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