David Bratt (President of PNFS)
This article is from Signpost 54, Summer 2017
Our 80 + Affiliated Societies and Groups are a highly valued component of PNFS and we realize we should do more to demonstrate the fact.
We have over the years mailed them all to offer to go along to their AGMs and other member meetings to give our illustrated lecture, which gives a snapshot of our history and then focuses on a review of our current activities. No charge!! - it still remains an Affiliate benefit. I estimate our various presenters have given the lecture to 10-15 of our Affiliates over recent years. So plenty of opportunities outstanding! And a considerable number of new members have been recruited along the way.
We are now looking at further initiatives to meet and greet. One such I partook in this April was to accept a kind invitation from Kay Douglas, President of the Eccles Rambling and Social Club (ERSC) to join them on one of their regular walks.
So on April 8th, my wife Beth and I joined 30 or so kindred spirits on a glorious spring day at Anderton near Northwich. First the formalities - I spoke briefly about PNFS (picture herewith) and our long and happy relationship with the Eccles Club and Chairman. Tony responded warmly and I was delighted to be presented with a very stylish metal badge commemorating their 70th Anniversary in 2016 (picture herewith).
The walk led by Kay and backmarked by John (also photographer) was a joy, in woodlands and nature reserves, including a visit to Marbury Park with earlier, some great views of the Anderton Water lift connecting the Weaver Navigation and the Trent and Mersey Canal.
It was one joyous day out with many conversations. On the breaks, we had a happy combo of Jelly Babies (ERSC) and Licorice Allsorts (PNFS) - surely a model event to follow with other Affiliates.
Many thanks Eccles.
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