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Branch Reports


       Essex Branch                          for the Thaxted Craft Fair.
                                               Within the magnifi cent church interior
       October Meeting                       it proved to be a wise choice. As a group
                                             we are used to roughing it in outside
            or our fi nal road show of the season   conditions, but we did not have to
            the Essex Branch decided to try a   contend with the elements this time.
       Fnew venue in the picturesque and     We were made most welcome, with tea
       historical setting of the church at Thaxted   and coffee available all day, including
                                             delicious homemade cakes, and hot soup
                                             available at lunch time.
                                               Our happy band consisted of Len
                                             Friend (our Chairman) and his charming
                                             wife Sandra. Len was printing a novelty
                                             ‘Wanted’ poster for the Dick Turpin gang,
                                             with the recipient’s name printed in
                                             letterpress. Historically it was of local
                                             interest as Dick Turpin (the highwayman)
                                             had his house close to the church, and
                                             the building still stands today. Len was
                                             printing on an Ajax press lent for the
                                             occasion by John Alexander. We had
                                             hoped to have dear old John with us but,
                                             alas, he was indisposed. We all wish you
                                             a speedy recovery, John, and send our
                                             best wishes to Julie, John’s wife, who
                                             keeps him like a fi ghting cock, and is the
                                             most patient and caring wife one could
                                             possibly have.
                                               Another unusual press was operated
                                             by Mike Perry and his dad Jim. A beautiful
                                             Sigwalt from America, it had been
                                             lovingly restored by them both and was
                                             printing perfectly. Novelty beermats
                                             proved to be popular with the punters.
                                             Ron and Margaret Rookes were, as usual,
                                             keeping busy. Margaret was handing out
                                             promotional literature for the Society and
                                             Ron, printing on an exquisitely restored
                                             Adana 8x5, had reprised his amusing
                                             print novelty ‘A Round Tuit’, with much
                                             laughter from the recipients of this
                                             circular piece of printing fun.
                                               The fourth press was another Adana
            Chris. Brinson with his Adana 8x5.  8x5, run by Chris Brinson, who had
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