Chairman Roger Bancroft started the meeting by welcoming members and one guest Mr Graham Burcher the son of member Mr Ken Burcher. Apologies were received from five members. A final reminder was given for the Christmas lunch on 10th December with payments and menu choices due to Mr John Taylor today.
Today’s speaker Mr Tony Brown entertained members with his subject “Blown away by Patagonia, an area shared between Argentina and Chile in South America. The talk consisted of recollections from Mr Brown’s visit there accompanied by a highly impressive slide show. The scenery appeared breathtaking including shots of Andes mountains, Torres Del Paine and the Mount Fitz Roy range. Equally impressive was the Perito Morino Glacier both in its size and overall impact.There was slides and discussion about the penguin population and other local birds including condors and parakeets with pictures of local flora also shown. Whilst the landscape was impressive the scale of the trip in distance covered and its arduous nature was also obvious and a tribute to the age of the participants who had to endure some extreme and changeable weather conditions including very strong winds as evidenced by the title of the talk. Part of the trip included other strenuous activities including horse riding, kayaking and mountainous hiking all clearly illustrated during the morning’s talk.
The Vote of Thanks was given by His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson and 30 members plus 1 guest were in attendance.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY