Association members friends and guests at their seventh annual get together. It
was said that due to a management change the Friday evening cuisine was not to
usual expectations, however in the words of one much respected sage ." Food
was but a side issue, the greater issue was the apparent comradeship amongst
all which prevailed throughout the weekend.".
Friends, I am not sure how to start this The 7th. Reunion took place over this
weekend at Southview Park at Skegness. Unfortunately things did not turn out to
be up to the standard I have set over the previous six years. New manager with a
change in management style (profit over service) New chef (no menu "Take what I
offer" to save waste) and some of our members waiting for service which I must
stress was not the fault of the waitresses who tried their best in difficult
times. Thankfully the weekend was lifted on Saturday night. On the
recommendation of Arthur Parkes I booked a new entertainer Johhny Lodge He kept
almost everyone in their seats, or on the dance floor, for two and a half hours
without a break. Thanks Arthur. I did not hear one word of complaint just lots
of compliments. The highlight of this, my last organised event, was not only a
complete surprise but totally unexpected. A lot of members of the RAFPA, some
whom were present over the weekend, and an awful lot who were not, contributed
to my being presented with an envelope containing cash and cheques to the value
of £400. YES>>>>>FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS. I was lost for words for a
moment or two (only for a moment or two mind you) I decided that the sum total
would go towards our RAFP/RAFPA Maintenance Fund at the NMA Alrewas to pay
towards the upkeep of the site. A contract for which is being dealt with at the
moment. My cheque will be in the post tomorrow I am aware that a number of our
members, who contributed to this magnanimous gesture, will not pick up this
"Thank You" and would appreciate your passing on my grateful thanks to all those
donors you may know. My particular thanks go to Dave Devonshire, Ken Turner and
Bernard Lamb who got the ball rolling and saw it through to last nights
presentation. Thank you all and Good Night.
John Curtis receiving from Bernard Lamb the Host Branch Chairman a cheque
of almost £400 made up from monies contributed by members and guests in
recognition for his work and effort organising this event on their behalf for
the past seven years.This was a surprise presentation and John
was somewhat taken aback he did however quickly regain his composure and in the
spirit and a manner most befitting him, immediately donated the larger part of
this sum to a Maintenance Fund for the upkeep of the RAFPA memorial site at
Alrewas. This sum of money was donated not only by those present but by others
who for some reason had been unable to attend on the night.The
surprise element of this presentation was only made possible by a team of
dedicated volunteer operatives male and female who worked covertly during the
weeks leading up to the event and on the night of the event. They know who they
are and we thank them all. The flex is getting stretched a little. Thank you all
, and Thank you John.The second Photo,is John
announcing his intention to donate a sum to the Memorial Fund.
Justifiably well deserved John. Your input and organisational skills supported
by Mary and your branch in the Skegness Re-unions have been wonderful and well
organised. Irrespective of the new management at Southview thanks to yours and
Arthurs guidance the 7th Reunion was one of the best Ali and I have attended.
The atmosphere and the fact that at 0015hrs everyone was still up and dancing is
tantamount to its success. Thank you John and long may Skegness continue........
Bill n Ali
Further to this sum being raised at the reunion more monies and items have
since been generously donated , and thanks to Bernard Lamb. The total
contribution now stands at £670-00 which it is understood John has donated to
the Memorial Maintenance Fund.
Jack Sharp, sage and orator thanking Bernard Lamb and all members of East
Midlands Branch who have for the past seven years sponsored and presided over
this very successful event and wishing them continued future success.