I feel very humbled having read the Facebook campaign to keep me as your Centre Chairman for another year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The comments were lovely and made me feel very proud that you think so highly of me.
However, due to the ongoing issues Andrea and I still continue to face on the rally field from a very small number of ralliers, following the suspension of a centre member, I don’t feel it is possible for me to continue as your Chairman and, quite frankly, I don’t feel the need to suffer any longer. Hopefully, with a new leader things will change.
I will continue leading this great centre to the best of my ability until September when my three year term will end. Again, thank you for your lovely comments and I remain one incredibly proud Centre Chairman.
I hope this message finds you all safe and well.
With the lock down measures being relaxed a little in certain areas, and Nick Lomas, Director General of the CAMC, campaigning to the Chief Medical Officer to allow the CAMC sites to open its sites it’s time for us, as a centre, to look ahead. Each month, during our virtual committee meetings, we have been discussing the viability of our current year’s rallies, obviously we can’t do anything until the government and CAMC give us authority but Rally Officers should start reviewing their plans for autumn rallies*.
We also need to think about the 2021 rally programme. Currently we only have 33 rallies in the proposed programme, so those of you with time on your hands, get planning those weekends away and contact the Rally Sec to get them in the calendar. It would be a shame not to hit the 100 rallies target.
*I do not have a crystal ball or a direct line to the Prime Minister, just an optimistic view on life, LOL.
I hope you are all still safe and well.
Dave Howarth’s funeral details are now available: it will take place next Monday 11th May at 3.15 p.m. at Stockport Crematorium. Unfortunately, the crematorium will only take 10 mourners, places that understandably will be for his immediate family.
The family just want their own floral arrangement but donations may be sent to Guide Dogs For The Blind for those who wish to do so. Anyone who knew Dave, will remember how passionate he was about Guide Dogs, having spent lots of his own time assisting in puppy training. His Remembrance Book on the Centre’s web site will be removed on Monday and the comments sent to Sheila, so if you want to upload a message for her and the family, please do so before then.
Last Saturday night, on what would have been the Saturday evening at the 50th Celebration Rally, Freddie Fantastic, who was booked for the rally, gave a very successful virtual performance to the centre’s children via Zoom (on line video conferencing). The best comment I heard was “it was so nice to hear the kids laughing together”, so it was really great to hear that the committee’s efforts had been appreciated; well done team.