Annual Report published in the
Fifty-Second Annual Report for 1967
President: Lieutenant-Colonel The Hon G.N.C. Wigram, MC., JP.,
Vice-Presidents: Major G.E.Potter, MC., Major M. McLaren, Major M.S.B. Vernon MVO., Major P.N.S. Frazer, Major C.J. Airy, Captain E.R. Randall MBE., R.W. Cornell Esq., J.J. St Clair Mardon Esq., K.G. Mardon Esq., R.G. King-Smith Esq., J.H. Lydiard-Wilson Esq.,
Chairman: Mr Sam Tucker.
Hon. Secretary: Mr W.E. Grandfield, MM., 163, Memorial Road, Hanham, Bristol. Tel. Bristol 671578
Hon. Treasurer: Mr D. W. Box.
Welfare Officer: Revd. Douglas Walker, All Hallows Vicarage, All Hallows Road, Easton, Bristol 5. TEL: Bristol56496
Committee: Messrs. T. Caswell, MM., K. Cook, J. Crosbie, L. Day, W. Derrick, J. Frost, B. Harding, J. Marshall, K. Matson, S. Sommerfield.
Headquarters: The Crown & Dove Hotel, Bridewell St., Bristol 1.
Meetings (Committee): 7.45 pm on the first Wednesday in each month at All Hallows Vicarage, Easton, Bristol 5. (General): 7.45pm on Second Wednesday in March, June, September and December.
Membership of the Branch remains fairly constant with 247 life members and 38 Annual Members, but attendance at meetings and social functions is still not good enough for a Branch with nearly 300 members. Apart from our loyal '40' we see very little of the other members and I do appeal to all to make the effort to attend. This, of course, only applies to those living within the Bristol area.. We have some very loyal supporters in South Somerset, Devon and Cornwall who cannot attend because of the distance, but are nevertheless are with us in spirit.
For several years we have been experimenting with ideas to increase Branch funds, which had sunk into the doldrums. All our efforts, apart from the Christmas Draw which our Chairman has always run very successfully, met with very little success until our Treasurer hot on the idea of Jumble Sales. Our members were circulated and the idea caught on very well. Masses of jumble of all sorts, sizes and descriptions poured in and was temporarily stored in our padre's Vicarage, nearly causing him to move out. We held the first sale on 18th June and when the invasion was over, we found to our satisfaction that the Branch funds had received a good 'shot in the arm'.
Our next venture was on December 17th and our members rallied round and provided articles and helping at the sale. On this occasion we doubled our previous profit so are looking forward to the next one when we hope to continue the good work.
On the 14th August about 80 of our members, their wives and families, together with our friends from the Bath Branch, were the guests of our President and Lady Wigram at Poulton Fields. The weather during the previous week had been atrocious and its was with some trepidation that we awoke on the Sunday morning. However, our fears were fortunately not justified, the sun shone brightly and we set forth for Poulton in glorious weather. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and evening was had by all and was rounded off with a skittle match between the Bath and Bristol branches and the local team (fortified by friends and relations of both Branches). We did not do very well at this, but secretly think we were nobbled by the home side. We should like to record our congratulations to our President and Lady Wigram on the occasion of their Silver Wedding Anniversary on July 19th 1966.
Our Annual Dinner/Dance was held on 7th October and 116 members wives and friends enjoyed an excellent evening. We hope to have a better attendance at our 1967 function at Arnos Court County Club on Saturday 28th October. We were honoured by the attendance of Major-General C.M.F. Deacon CB., CBE., and were all favourably impressed with the new President of our Association.
Our Christmas Draw was again very ably organised by our Chairman and Branch funds benefited very considerably. We should like to express our gratitude to all the members for their splendid efforts in selling tickets.
It is deep regret that I have to report the deaths of the following members, all of whom were keen and active members of the Branch until age and infirmity prevented them from participating so fully; 1316 J. Bridges; 29625 WG Carter; 4073 AE Janes; 2608 E Jenkins; 18084 J Heamon; 15142 DF Murphy; 34707 EF Rose.
In conclusion I should like to thank Lieu. Colonel Spratley and his staff for all their help, advice and encouragement during the past year. Also our grateful thanks to the Lieu. Colonel for the prompt and sympathetic manner in which he has dealt with a member of welfare cases submitted to him from the Branch. This is a very important aspect of the Association and the help given was greatly appreciated by the recipients.
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