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1812 Peninsular War. The 2 / 30th Foot (later 1st East Lancashires), as part of the 5th Division, hold the crossing of the river Carrion at Vlilamuriel against the attack of General Maucune for most of the day. This allows Wellington to continue his retreat from Burgos unmolested.
1854 Battle of Balaklava. 80 men from the 30th and 47th Regiments stand to their arms on the flanks of the 93rd Highlanders - the famed "Thin Red Line" - and play their full part in hurling back the Russian cavalry.
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Chairman’s Annual Report 2013

Report to the Annual General Meeting Thursday 12th December 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the AGM of the Friends for 2014. I am also pleased to welcome a guest, Mr Bernard Rostron from the British Association of Friends of Museums.

I will start by taking take this opportunity to personally thank all my colleagues on the committee for their support and input throughout the year.

On behalf of the Friends Management Committee I can report on a successful year for the Friends.

As a consequence of the support given by the  Management Committee a  full programme of events was run throughout the year, with the Battlefield Tour to Northern Spain and across the border into Southern France as a highlight.

Again, with the help of the Committee, we can present what we believe to be an interesting list of events for 2014, with the Battlefield Tour for 2014 concentrating on the opening months of the Great War and the part played by our antecedent Battalions in the early stages of that epic struggle.

For those of you with keen eyesight, and memories, you will have noticed that we have yet again planned for a trip to the “Cold War Museum” at Cosford.

We do believe that this is an interesting, and important, part of our heritage and well worth a look, hence our second listing.

However as a committee we recognise that we are not infallible and would like your feedback on this, and any other, suggested trip. I do know there have been comments regarding the prices previously quoted but we are, I’m afraid, stuck with the flat rate charges for the hire of a coach no matter what we do!

So please let me, or anyone else on the committee, know what you think; and if anyone has any suggestions again please let us know.

For 2015 we are clear that the Battlefield Tour will involve Waterloo but we have yet to finalise anywhere beyond then. Again suggestions are most welcome for future tours.

One major administrative piece of work carried out during the year was a long overdue updating of our membership list. My personal thanks to all those who completed and returned the forms sent out, and my apologies for having to send out such a bundle of paperwork in the first place.

The net result has been an anticipated reduction in current membership but, as our list had not been properly reviewed for nearly 10 years, this was expected.

The outcome affects the Friends materially in three ways;

1. We are now able to issue some 90% of our membership with information via e-mail with a concomitant large reduction in our postal costs.

2. With an up to date list of membership we are now better able to plan our income on a year on year basis.

3. We can now better monitor our membership and, hopefully, avoid such a large scale exercise in the future.

In respect of our financial situation I can confirm that we continue to be in the “Black” and that our assets will allow us to make a larger than usual donation to the Museum this year of £5000 towards the Museums current large scale project for the uplift of the Somme Room.

Looking ahead to 2014 I have to advise you of one significant change to our committee, Roy Bartaby has announced his intention to step down as Treasurer in the New Year. On behalf of the committee I would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks for the many long hours of hard work that Roy has given to us, and you the members.

In closing may I thank on your behalf all the members of the Friends Management Committee for their time, effort and input into making 2013 a successful year and I would like to thank you, the Friends, for your continued enthusiastic support.

Finally committee would like to wish everyone the complements of the coming festive season and hope that you all enjoy your lunch here today.

Mr D A Rogan


12th December 2014