On Saturday 12th March 2022, 17 members, partners and guests met at the Ferraris Country House, Hotel and Restaurant, Longridge, for lunch.

The proceedings were started off by observing a moments silence in memory of 686 Danie Gouws and 7085 Fred Hubbard.
A warm welcome was then extended to 8030 Murray Russell and his guest Lynn Starkey and to Nigel Biffen, owner of Boets Biltong, Liscard, Merseyside, a guest of 7902 Brien and Anne Bonynge.

A request was made for anyone living near to Chorley, Lancashire, to put in a visit to 7863 Brian McGarry whose wife is presently suffering from cancer. Both the Willoughby’s, 7050 John and Associate Member Colleen were unable to make the Gathering due to Colleens impending surgery. 6508 Graham and Pat Rogers were also unable to attend at the last minute due to Pat’s recovery from hospitalisation.

The sale of the reproduction of the Thomas Baines prints were discussed and this matter is with the Honourable Secretary for inclusion in the nest issue of the Outpost.

The subject of name tags was mentioned, and it was agreed that we should have some made to match those used by the Scottish Gathering in Moffat. It was felt that the credit card type name tag issued by the Association was very hard to read due to the dark colours in use. Ellen Taylor agreed to make the name tags for the North West Region.

The raffle made £95.00 and those present agreed this should be donated to the Ukraine people. As was mentioned by the Honourable Secretary of the Association, any donation would not carry the BSAP logo or name and the donation would be of a private nature.

Those in attendance were:

7902 Brien & Anne Bonynge, 8030 Murray Russell and Lynn Sharkey, Guest, 8307 Flash Firth & Jeanette McMeeken, WP185 Cathy Mason & Associate Member Ray Senior, 7084 Frank & Margaret Dearden, 9345 Jock Gemmell, 94926 (Army) Nigel Biffen, Guest, 8800 Jim & Ellen Taylor, 5907 Pete & Brenda Wilson, (6314) Val Marsden.

Apologies received:

7836 Howard & Katherine Biggs, (7902) Ryan & Laura Bonynge, 7152 Kevin & Dot Broad, (4843) Patricia Caria, 7917 Dave & Angela Farrington, 7962 Alan & Ann Gibson, 7281 Graham & Lynette Hardy, 7363 Brain McGarry, 8199 Bugs & Tessa Moran, 5642 Michael & Pat Parr, (7022) Dorothy Walker, 7050 John Willoughby & Associate Member Colleen Willoughby, 7207 Arnold Woolley, 203679 Paula Woolley, (7207) Jenny Woolley.

Front Row:
5907 Pete Wilson, Anne Bonynge, Ellen Taylor, 8800 Jim Taylor, Brenda Wilson, Lynn Sharkey (Guest), (6314) Val Marsden, Jeanette McMeeken.
Back Row:
7902 Brien Bonynge, 94926 Army Nigel Biffen (Guest), 9345 Jock Gemmell, 8307 Flash Firth, Margaret Dearden, 8030 Murray Russell, 7084 Frank Dearden, WP185 Cathy Mason, Associate Member Ray Senior.