David Cufley, President of the Society opened the day by welcoming the members. Photo left by David Turner.
The one sad moment was that the outgoing Chair Walter Eves was unable to attend due to ill health. This was the first annual meeting he had missed in 17 years, the last 15 years as Chair.
The day started with a talk by Maureen Clayton called 'Revolting English' tales of civil unrest from the 14th century to modern times.
After the Talk the President thanked Maureen for her talk and admitted our freedom of speech has lead the English to disagree with both our Kings and our Parliament and not always at the same time.
A great day was had by all and we have now elected a new Chair Tony Codling and new Secretary Stella Eames. The Committee is made up by Mike Weeks (Vice Chair), Pat Gooding (Treasurer), Janet Rose, Barbara Attwaters, Barbara Philips, Fran Rogers who were all re-elected. Our best wishes go to them for a successful year.
If you see Tony at our meetings go and talk to him so that learns what the members want of the Society. He will be leading a new Society Committee who have some exciting ideas that will benefit all members whether they are local, out of area or overseas.
The afternoon sessions were a choice of either A guided talk around Cobham Village lead by Christophe Bull a local historian or a talk by Sylvia Hammond, the principal guide at Cobham Hall, on 'The Lords of Cobham Hall and their families'.
The day ended with afternoon tea and a selection of cakes and pastries giving members the chance to talk to old friends and new friends met during the day.
Photo of Tony Codling by Hilary Waters.