31/8/2011 - President's Report - Summer 2011
By Greg Bayne
Nirvana, Utopia and Heaven. Not just the feeling I had over the Oxford weekend but the joy of finding "the Memoirs of John Pope" on the shelves of Paul Meekins' stand. Bliss. Seriously a very good weekend that was enjoyed by all members present. Good speakers, good company and some good food. I gave my thanks on the day, but I would like to formally thank our speakers, Peter Lockwood for his administration and Derek Young for keeping things moving along. Roll on 2012.
BBC News Website Spotlights ACWRT(UK)
A recent (6 November) article on the BBC News website highlighted the preservation efforts of ACWRT(UK) member Basil Larkin to create two new plaques, that will memorialise those from the British Isles who fought on both sides during the Civil War. The article also includes commentary from ACWRT(UK) President Greg Bayne.
President's Report - April 2012
By Greg Bayne
In my role as President, I am often reminded of the simple generousity of people. At our April conference we will have in our raffle items donated to the RT by Ruth Wray, the widow of John Wray. We will also have some books donated to us from John Brewer from Cardiff whose father, Berkeley Brewer, was a lifelong civil war enthusiast. His only request is that we make a donation from the proceedsto a CW preservation project, preferably Gettysburg. I think we can manage that. We have also received a number of books from John Laskey, who has left Blighty and set up an encampment in Connecticut. Another set of books has been collected from another CW enthusiast in Essex. The piece de resistance has to be the two Sumter flags donated by Rick Hatcher. All these items will be at the April conference.
President's Report - August 2013
I knew it would work. I am still not sure why I had any doubts. From that first moment of the conference to the last we were mesmerised by the events of 1864. Yes we were pretty sure what Joe Whitehorne, Jeremy Mindell and John D-Z would deliver. But Parker Hills? Who he? Well he certainly is a man who knows his stuff and through his unique style and presentation he kept us all on our toes. Absolutely brilliant stuff. The bar gets set higher and higher and it was a shame that it had to end because he could have kept going into Sunday night. Thanks to the team; Peter, Derek, lain and Sandra for the behind the scenes work. These events do not just happen, it involves months of preparation. Mark 4-6 April 2014 in your diary now. Also mark June 20-23 2014 which will be the annual field trip. We took little persuading in going for Cherbourg to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Alabama V Kearsarge battle. We will also include some WW2 as we renew our on-going interest in the "Blue and Grey" division as we cover the battles in and around the Cotentin peninsula and St Lo. I was pleased with the amount of "well done" and "thank you" notes from the conference, particularly from newer members. I had never noticed my transition from "raw recruit" to "veteran" and it is comforting to see how some of our newer members are finding their voice. This was also clearly seen in the "Person of the Year" debate with John Coski. Fact, figures, and opinions fly around the room and it is all taken in good spirit and humour If only we could bottle it, we would make a fortune. Until next time
President's Report - December 2011
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By Greg Bayne
Well it seems that you have to put up with me for another year. At the November meeting, members present voted in myself and the current committee for 2012. I am humbled at the support that was shown and the kind words spoken during the meeting and afterwards.