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MINUTES OF MEETING-3 JULY 2008 Powered By Docstoc

Chairman’s Welcome – Barry Beck welcomed everybody to the October meeting indicating it was nice to see so many people present. Barry then welcomed a new member, Oliver Warren-Read, before handing over to our Guest Speaker for the evening David Bryant who would give a talk on UFO’s. Guest Speaker – This was David Bryant’s second thought provoking talk to the Group and on this occasion was entitled ‘Are we Alone’ and covering UFO’s. David started by looking through history and H G Wells ‘War of the Worlds’ in 1898 that introduced for the first time the possibility of the coming of Martians. Given the size of the universe it should not be ruled out that other life forms exist although where is the evidence? David then referenced sources like Roswell, New Mexico where debris of a flying saucer was supposedly found on a farm with the remains of personnel on board to the well documented Area 51 in Nevada where remains of spacecraft and aliens are held. On a realistic view David asked what was it we see and call UFO’s? There are many recorded sightings from reputable sources including pilots but what is it they really see. Some can be explained as possible new or secret aircraft types but not all. Likewise a survey of 3000 amateur astronomers revealed 24% had sighted an unexplained object of UFO. Gerald Beckett gave the vote of thanks indicating a good mark for a talk was people not falling asleep and being part of the discussion. To which the members were asked to show their appreciation. Apologies – C. & M. Salisbury, C. Fox, J. Dann, J. Mitchell, J.& K. Aldis, P. Cushing, L. Dench, M. Holmes, L. & A. Mann Minutes of Previous Meeting- September meeting minutes were read and accepted as a true record Secretary’s Report- Ian McCallum thanked David Goddard Jnr. for the excellent job of ‘deputising Secretary’ over the last 3 months and for keeping the minutes up to date. Ian then indicated he had written two letters, one to our President inviting him to our Christmas Dinner and one to the Norwich Branch of the Normandy Veterans with a donation of £100.00 towards their proposed 2009 trip. Chairman’s Report- Barry Beck also thanked David Goddard Jnr. for stepping in to the breech at short notice and doing an excellent job. Barry then indicated that in addition to the Normandy Veterans mentioned by the Secretary the following other charities were each benefiting from a £100.00 donation from our funds: Gurkha Trust, Nelsons Journey, Nancy Oldfield Trust Waveney Hospice and East Anglian Children’s Hospices. On the top table was a list of books with a military theme for anyone interested courtesy of Joy Morter. Barry then thanked Barry Sewell for attending the British Legion event at Thorpe and Richard and Sandra Edwards for organising an excellent North Norfolk Railway event, which by far was the best yet. The only negative aspect was a report of two jeeps speeding within the display area to which John Morter recommended a note of caution in the next Newsletter. On a positive note Peter Cushing is now at home although leaving hospital with a legacy of MRSA to overcome. Barry then advised that Group embroidered badges were available at £6.00 each before indicating the Guest Speaker at the next meeting will be John Gilbert talking on the Wendling Bomb Group. Treasurer’s Report- June Cushing gave an update on Peters personal progress and a look ahead. June then indicated that with the six donations mentioned by the Chairman our funds currently stand at £4220.00 including £150.00 from the Police Gala (normally £200.00). A point of note from Peter shows that this year Group members have 338 attendances at events to date. Membership Secretary’s Report- Bill Purchase advised we have had 3 new members joining in the last month. MVT Liaison Officer’s Report- Ian McCallum advised that the Winter Area Report has been submitted for inclusion in Windscreen magazine. Publicity Officer’s Report- Charles Warren hoped everyone attending the North Norfolk Railway event enjoyed the weekend and that he had given an interview to Radio Norfolk on the Sunday. Charles indicated he was working with Alan Edwards to find a competitive coach cost for Stoneleigh and that Alan’s quote was the clear leader. Alan Edwards then advised that a coach had been provisionally booked for the Stoneleigh event on Sunday 1 st February. It will work out as per last year at £12.50 per head providing we can nearly fill the coach. Alan requested names of those interested in going plus money in by the December meeting. Rally Secretary’s Report- Richard Edwards thanked the membership for the impressive display of vehicles at Sandringham which had drawn much praise from the organisers. Likewise our attendance at the NNR event went well although further effort is required with the organiser for next year regarding vehicles at Weybourne. Sandra then read out letters of thanks from Wayland Show and Gressenhall plus informing the membership of an event at Norwich Cathedral for the ‘Help for Hero’s’ the following evening featuring the band of the Royal Artillery.

Other coming events were outlined including Neatishead Radar Museum on the Saturday 18 th October with Mannington Hall living history the following day. Into November there was a request for vehicles on the 15 th for a 40’s dance in Thetford plus a possible parade, also in Thetford, to support the Dad’s Army Associations ‘Captain Mannering’ turning on the Christmas lights. Although short notice tickets were still available for the dance at Blofield Heath this Saturday featuring the Jonathan Wyatt Band. Richard then thanked Ray Elderton for all his support at events over recent weeks. Newsletter Editor’s Report- Dave Goddard wished all readers a good evening and indicated small articles or Christmas messages for the next Newsletter must be submitted by the November meeting. Any Other BusinessJohn Hindle – asked what was the progress on parcels for the Anglians as they will be returning in November. Dave Goddard responded by indicating there had been recent publicity regarding parcels ‘clogging up the supply system’ although the padre had been requesting books, DVD’s tooth paste etc. Dave indicated he was prepared to co-ordinate and make up parcels although this would require some Group funding. This proposal was supported by Russell Herring. Steve Farley – indicated he knew of a snow track type vehicle for sale, which although in working condition required some TLC. Also he had details of a traditional Ceilidh on the 25 October in Dereham in aid of the charities PACT and RNLI. Anyone requiring information on either to see him after the meeting. Rodney Reynolds – gave information on the Group Christmas dinner, which to squash rumours was not being held in the Group tent! 20 have booked so far and members were urged to book today with further booking forms being available if the original has been misplaced. Members were reminded that any cheques made out now would not be paid into the bank until a week before the event. Rodney also made an appeal for raffle prizes for the event. Being no other formal business the meeting closed at 2205