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BRANCH REPORTS                           exciƟng new ventures were announced. We will
                                               again be prinƟng out of doors at the Langford
ESSEX BRANCH A.G.M. AND CELEBRATORY            Museum Of Power on 20th April, and we have
                                               been invited back to Barleylands Essex country
LUNCH, FEBRUARY 22ND 2014                      show on the 13th and 14th September. All will
                                               be reported in the Small Printer as it happens.
Promptly at 12.30 p.m. our leader and B.P.S
councillor Len Friend, called the meeƟng       Our open days of visits to member’s presses
to order. An excellent turn out of members     is looking very full. We have a visit to Chris.
totalling fiŌeen aƩended the splendid Grange    Brinson’s Haven Press on May24th, to view
restaurant in Boreham Essex. A merry throng    the Essex Arab press which is being run as a
indeed and the mood was a happy and upbeat     true co-operaƟve, and is available to all our
one following the successful organisaƟon of    members. On 12th July we visit Gwen Harper’s
the 2013 Essex B.P.S. Annual ConvenƟon. Len    press at Rayleigh, and on 2nd August we can
thanked all the members for their sterling     look forward to a visit to the Hedgehog Press of
efforts in helping with what was considered by  Alan Brignull. Great days ahead for 2014, filled
many to be a very memorable and successful     with laughter, friends, and printerly chat.
event. The weather for the A.G.M in 2013 had
been snow and freezing temperatures, but       It was good to meet our old friends again in
what a difference a year makes. Spring-like,    such happy circumstances. Ken and Mary
sunny and mild condiƟons gave everyone a liŌ.  Wright, from Braintree, and some from much
                                               further afield, such as John and Julie Alexander
Our hard working mailer, webmaster, and        all the way from Southchurch. But the prize for
photographer for the day, Ron Rookes, gave     the greatest journey goes to Pat Walker Who
a financial report which pleased everyone,      had come from Woodbridge in Suffolk into
as we had made a profit on the ConvenƟon.       Essex. Well done Pat. We look forward to a
Accompanied by his wife Margaret, who is our   press visit at your press in due course in 2014.
equally hard working Membership Secretary all
was carefully explained to the
We were so pleased to
welcome our very own
Branch Secretary Gwen
Harper who carefully
explained her work
throughout the year.
Gwen was on fine form, and
sporƟng a brand new car
which she explained to me
was free of road tax, as it had
such green credenƟals. I was
very impressed.

The planned programme for
2014 for the Essex Branch
was unveiled by Len. Some
old favourites, plus some

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