Ferraris Hotel

North West Christmas Gathering December 2019

On Sunday 8th December 2019, twelve members and six guests met at the Ferraris Country House, Hotel and Restaurant, Longridge, for lunch. This was our fourth and final Gathering for the year.

A warm welcome was made to Andrea Wilson, daughter of 4933 Rod Wilson, who recently passed away. Rod Wilson an Honorary Life Member of the UK Branch of the Regimental Association and was a past Regional Representative for the North West Branch. Prior to the commencement of our lunch a moments silence was observed in his memory.

The Moffatt Gathering in November was discussed and those present agreed, unanimously, that the North West Region should make this an annual event which should be added to our calendar of events for the year. Subsequently we will now have five Gatherings a year,

A Christmas raffle was held and together with the proceeds collected during the year a total sum of 355 pounds was raised. The meeting agreed that 175 pounds be donated towards the Memorial Maintenance Fund and the remaining 180 pounds towards the BSAP Association.

In my last report mention was made of the Thomas Baines colour prints donated by 8800 Jim Taylor which we wanted to raffle to raise funds for the Association. Unfortunately this has not been the case and I hope suitable mention will be made in the next issue of the Outpost.

Those in attendance were:

7902 Brien & Anne Bonynge, (4933) Andrea Wilson & Ro Armstrong (Guest), (6314) Val Marsden,  Lynn Senior (Guest), WP 185 Cathy Mason,  Ray Senior (Associate Member), Owen Senior (Guest), Lyndon Senior (Guest), David Senior (Guest), 8800 Jim & Ellen Taylor, 7363 Brian McGarry, 6507 Seamus Power, 5907 Peter Wilson, 7050 John  Willoughby, 7084 Frank & Margaret Dearden.

Apologies were:

6508 Graham & Pat Rogers, Brenda Wilson, Colleen Willoughby, 7827 Geoff Blyth, Ryan & Laura Bonynge (Associate Member), 9786 Lance Combrinck, 7917 Dave & Angela Farrington, 8307 Flash Firth and Jeanette McMeeken, 9345 Jock & Caroline Gemmell, 8199 Bugs  & Tessa Moran, 9018 Mark Jordan, 28359Z John & Joan Morton, 7219 Steve Robins and 8030 Murray Russell.

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