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BSAP North West Gathering

On Saturday 11th September 2021, 13 members and partners met at the Ferraris Country House, Hotel and Restaurant, Longridge, for lunch.

The Gathering was also attended by Patricia Pereira and her daughter Sophie, who were visiting for the first time. Patricia and Sophie are the sibling and grand daughter of 4843 Sidney John Hapgood-Strickland who recently passed away. Patricia has subsequently applied for Associate Membership of the Association.

We were also graced with the attendance of 90566 Chris Tate and his wife, (90566) Helen Tate, the Treasurer of the Association.

After the welcome to our guests a moments silence was held in remembrance for 4843 Sidney John Hapgood-Strickland and 7672 George (Taffy) Crane. Both members having recently passed away.

Whilst on the subject of funerals it was brought to the attention of those at the Gathering that the Almoner, 9086 Tony Granger, was looking for any donations of BSAP Caps and flags for use at funerals. If you have any spare, he will be most pleased to accept them.

As we have started to move towards some form of normality, it was agreed that the Association should restart the auction of the full colour reprints of the original Baines Book 1865. The proceeds of the “Dedicated by express permission the Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society. The Victoria Falls, Zambezi River. Sketched on the spot during the journey of J. Chapman & T. Baines. F.R.G.S.”

The next outing was the attendance of the Moffatt Gathering in November 12-14th.Those members from last years visit have been allocated accommodation for this year’s Gathering.

A raffle was held and £100 raised which was immediately given to the Treasurer for safe keeping.

Our next North West Gathering will be Saturday 11th December.

Those in attendance were:

7902 Brien & Anne Bonynge, 6508 Graham & Pat Rogers, 7050 John & Colleen Willoughby, (6314) Val Marsden, 7084 Frank & Margaret Dearden, 90566 Chris & Helen Tate, 8800 Jim & Ellen Taylor, 5907 Peter & Brenda Wilson, (4843) Patricia Pereira & Sophie Pereira.

Apologies received from:

(7902) Ryan & Laura Bonynge, 7152 Kevin & Dorothy Broad, 5699 Roger & Marion Catterall, 9786 Lance Combrinck, 7917 Dave & Angela Farrington, 6868 Danie & Cheryl Gouws, WP 185 Cathy Mason, 8307 Flash Firth & Jeanette McMeeken, 7281 Graham & Lynette Hardy, 9345 Jock & Caroline Gemmell, 9018 Mark Jordan, 8199 Brian McGarry 8199 Bugs & Tessa Moran, 5642 Michael & Pat Parr, 7129 Steve & Lisa Robins, (WP185) Ray Senior, 7207 Arnold Woolley, 203679 Paula Woolley, (7207) Jenny Woolley.

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