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Branch Reports


       Essex Branch                          Altogether we had about 14 members
                                             and wives, including a new member from
       February Meeting                      Great Totham, Kevin Dodman. Welcome,
                                             Kevin.
             ive instruction to a wise man and     In no particular order we were
             he will be yet wiser. This quote   delighted to see Revd Patrick McEune,
       Gfrom Proverbs 9.9 came to mind       Alan and Julie Brignull, Margaret and Ron
       when I was happily diving into a large   Rookes, our old chum Mike Perry from
       cardboard box of second hand books at   Ongar. Ken Wright, one of our longest
       our AGM and luncheon at The Grange in   serving members, had made the journey
       Boreham.                              from Braintree. Sadly Ken had lost his
         The books, all on printing, had been   wife Mary quite recently so it was a brave
       kindly gifted to the members of Essex   thing to do to attend our AGM. I know
       Branch by Jillian Atkins, and were    that he was admired by everyone, and I
       from her late husband’s private book   hope our love and regard from the Essex
       collection. In return donations were made   Branch helped at this diffi cult time.
       by members, which went to The Salvation     Ron Rookes, in his role as Branch
       Army, according to the fi nal wish of the   Treasurer (and he wears many hats!)
       late Robert Atkins. It was good to meet   reported that we are solvent, and then
       and greet Jillian again, and members were   he handed over to Len for our Chairman’s
       grateful for this
       opportunity to add
       to their collections.
       Thank you, Jillian.
       The usual merry
       throng included
       our chairman Len
       Friend and his
       wife Sandra, who
       both work so hard
       organising our
       events each year.
        Our gathering
       was a little smaller
       than last year as
       we missed our
       old friends John and Julie Alexander,   Report.
       our Secretary Gwen Harper, and recent     The report opened with a review
       new members Sally and Russell Surrey.   of events achieved in 2016, and Len
       We were also hoping to see Pat Walker   congratulated everyone who had
       and Peter Gauld from Suffolk and John   contributed to the triumphant winning
       Garrett from Otley. Mike Elliston sent his   entry in the Rosen award. Great things
       apologies from Basildon, and we hope to   are planned for 2017.
       see them all later this year.           Our outreach printing event will be
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