THE new season began on September 16 with the annual meeting, which was chaired by Hugh
THE new season began on September 16 with the annual meeting, which was chaired by Hugh Nealon. Chairman Jill Hodges gave a full and positive résumé of the previous season’s lectures and activities.
She noted that a number of members had left the society due to ill health, death, or moving to another part of the country.
There had been an influx of new members but not yet sufficient to make up the shortfall. She pointed out that new members were always welcome and should contact her in the first instance by calling 0118 959 5307 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Butler presented the accounts, which showed a healthy surplus for use in times of difficulty or when new equipment is required. He said he would be standing down as treasurer after the next committee meeting when his successor would be appointed.
The existing committee members were re-elected and two new members were added to their number.
After the formal business, Ed Simons, chairman of the Kenton Theatre in Henley, regaled and enthralled members with his stories of how he got into film production, some of the characters he had had to deal with and some of the strangest situations he had had to resolve.
He also told of how he became involved with the theatre and how things had improved there over the past few years, both physically and in artistic and production terms.
Members were invited to visit and enjoy some of the performances in the Kenton’s new programme.
On the last day of September, a glorious late summer’s day, a coachload of members went to Bashley in the New Forest to enjoy a most appetising meal (and later a cream tea) and some entertainment in an old-style music hall.
Reactions were mixed but on the whole the day was thoroughly enjoyed and was voted a success.