I believe I have probably become a familiar figure to most of you over the years because of my long involvement in Branch and Association affairs. I write to say you will not be seeing quite so much of me in the future and I feel I should let you know the reason why before the rumour mill starts.
I have served on the committee for 32 years and like to believe I have played no small part in making the Branch the largest and most successful Branch in the Regimental Association. I earnestly wish to see it continue to grow and prosper for at least another 32 years continuing to provide the objects for which the Regimental Association was founded over 100 years ago – benevolence, comradeship, remembrance of the BSAP, and all who served and preserving its Heritage for future generations to see.
It has been my view for some time that if it is to continue to provide those objects the Branch must change. That view has been confirmed by two independent reports commissioned by the committee over the last 3 years. If it fails to change it will dwindle and fade away, something I am not prepared to contemplate.
I have a vision and plan as to how that change might be achieved and have been endeavouring for some time to involve the committee in that plan and make the changes needed.
I regret to say I have not been successful. I believe the majority either do not understand or do not share my vision.
The leadership of the committee is due to change at the AGM, whenever that may be. In order to allow the new committee the freedom to decide, if they so wish, how best to achieve the continuance of the Branch, I have decided to stand down from the committee with immediate effect.
I look forward to the results of the two reports being discussed at the AGM with a choice of visions and plans being put forward by those being elected.
I thank you all for the support you have given the Branch and myself over the years and hope you will be able to continue to do so for many more years to come.
Best wishes, stay safe,