Brien Bonynge reports that on Sunday 13th September 2020, six members and their partners met at the Ferraris Country House, Hotel and Restaurant, Longridge, for lunch. It was excellent timing and the Gods were on our side as we were able to hold this Gathering amongst the impending pandemic of the Corona virus which was strangling the country. That twelve people were able to make this Gathering was a success in itself.
Regretfully the first item on the agenda was the report of the passing of 28359Z John Morton. His funeral was held on the 17th August 2020 and it was attended by 9345 Jock Gemmell and Anne Bonynge and me. It was fitting that the Almoner; Tony Granger was able to supply a BSAP flag and cap with which the coffin was draped.
The next item on the agenda was a toast to the 130th Anniversary of the raising of the BSAP Flag at Fort Salisbury, Rhodesia, in 1890.
5907 Peter Wilson was commended for his literary excellence by appearing twice in the latest edition of the United Kingdom Outpost. Peter then regaled us about some similar events which was accompanied with much hilarity.
It was also noted that eight couples have signalled their intention to travel to Moffat for the Scottish Gathering in November. Once again, we are in the’ lap of the gods’ as to whether the pandemic will allow the Gathering to happen.
A raffle was held which realised the sum of £95.00.
Hopefully, our next NW Gathering will take place on Sunday 13th |December 2020 at our usual venue Ferraris Country House Hotel and Restaurant.
Those in attendance were: 7902 Brien & Anne Bonynge, 8800 Jim & Ellen Taylor, 5907 Peter & Brenda Wilson, WP185 Cathy Mason & Associate Member Ray Senior, 7050 John & Colleen Willoughby, and 7084 Frank & Margaret Dearden.
Apologies received from:
Associate Member Ryan & Laura Bonynge, 9786 Lance Combrinck, 9345 Jock & Caroline Gemmell, 6508 Graham & Pat Rogers, 8307 Flash Firth and Jeanette McMeeken, 9018 Mark Jordan, (6314) Val Marsden, 7363 Brian McGarry, 8199 Bugs & Tessa Moran, 7129 Steve Robins and 8030- Murray Russell.
Back row: 7084 Frank Dearden, 7902 Brien Bonynge, Ass. Member Ray Senior, 5907 Peter Wilson, 7050 John Willoughby, 8800 Jim Taylor.
Front row: Margaret Dearden, Anne Bonynge, WP185 Cathy Mason, Brenda Wilson, Colleen Willoughby, Ellen Taylor.