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2017 AGM Stratford-upon-Avon

Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th April 2017

WELL what a difference a year makes. Last year when we arrived at Stratford-Upon-Avon Race Course it was rain, mud and puddles the size of lakes. This year the sun shone the sky was blue and the grass was dry.

After we had settled in we went to be treated to tea coffee and a delicious variety of cakes courtesy of Shirley and Richard Dymond who had both just celebrated important birthdays. We won’t mention which one but they both looked younger than ever!!!!. The evening saw us all gather together for drinks and the exchanging of news.

Wednesday was the Council of Management Meeting. The rest of us were free to do what we wished. The evening provided a very special treat, we were royally entertained by the Tarantara Choir. They sang an excellent variety of songs and even asked us to join in some of the songs if we knew the words. They are a local choir that raises a great deal of money for charity.

Thursday: Shirley and Richard lead a walk from around the NT’S property of Coughton Court, the home of the Throckmorton Family who were closely connected with the Gun Powder Plot. If you did not wish to walk there was the very interesting house and gardens to visit. The walk was about four miles with some lovely views. Richard even marched up to the top of the hill to see the view and then down again. We also discovered some wooden Glamping vans, based on old shepherds’ mobile huts. One was beautifully decorated and where photograph below was taken.

In the evening we were required to use our brains for the quiz evening. There were five teams of various sizes. In the end Team 3 won. We also had a cat quiz to complete over the four days and that was won by Pat and Paul Guy.

Friday brought the coffee morning with various stalls. The AGM was held in the afternoon. We thanked Molly Gowing for all her hard work as Treasurer over the passed years. Barry Short also stood down as minute secretary and Henk Schnarr was appointed as President. The day finished with our farewell dinner and on Saturday everyone departed.

All rallies require a lot of hard work to run. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped to make this one a success. We enjoyed ourselves very much. Although numbers were down this year for a variety of reasons we would encourage people to attend as you gain a greater understanding of the workings of the ICA and how much hard work is needed to make sure it will continue to thrive.

Rosemary and John Harrington -Lynn