Club Meeting Monday 10th December 2018

The Club held it’s Christmas meeting at the Dursley Community Centre, over 65 members were present with President Martin Lee in the chair. The large number of members present helped create an air of festive jollity in anticipation of the day’s programme.

After routine business the recent theatre visit to see a production of “The Messiah” was reviewed. It was agreed that this had been really enjoyable and that it was an exercise worth repeating next year.

Looking ahead to the New Year, two past presidents Tom Potts and Brian Lamerton confirmed that arrangements for an entertaining Cheese & Wine evening were in hand for later in the month.

In February we plan to visit the Oakham Treasures Museum followed by a pub lunch and in March we will be back in Bristol to see the “new” Bristol Old Vic and the Georgian House Museum.

April brings the 2019 annual holiday, a four day visit to North Wales based at a hotel in Caernarfon commencing on 1st April The proposed itinerary includes visits to Caernarfon and Beaumaris Castles, the Welsh Highland Railway, a cruise on the Menai Strait and a visit to a slate mine.

President Martin’s year will finish with the Annual Lunch which will be held at the Barn at Berkeley.

As is the custom, two Club members spoke on their chosen subjects. First up was David Hatton who chose as his topic “Naval Hero, Beatty or Jellico?” an analysis of the Battle of Jutland and the leadership of the two men. David contrasted the background and experience of the two. Admiral of the Fleet Jellico, commander of the Grand Fleet, had reached his position by ability and experience. He was a cautious leader as befitted his great responsibility. Vice Admiral Beatty, commander of the battlecruiser fleet, by contrast was a flamboyant character with strong society connections. On the day, questionable leadership and discipline of the battlecruisers cost them dear and allowed the German High Seas Fleet to escape destruction by Jellico.

Then came the turn of President Martin, who gave an account of his travels around the world during his career with Rolls-Royce. In a fascinating talk Martin sent us to Coventry, Bristol, Paris, Algeria, Singapore, Belgrade, Munich, Atlanta and Washington, all the time showing the many different aircraft he travelled in. He spoke about the many initiatives for trade these travels involved, some of which failed but others more successful, but certainly conveyed a very interesting and busy career.

The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Vice President Martin Budden. President Martin then closed the meeting and members retired to the bar followed by a well-attended and merry Christmas lunch.