Social Evening and Annual Meeting

On 30 April 2016 the trustees put on a Social Evening and Annual Meeting for associate members.

The evening began at 5.45 when Linda Pargeter gave a presentation of the trust and its work in 2015, its first year of operation, and details of plans for events in the coming year. See a video of the presentation.

Immediately afterwards John Greenaway, recently retired owner of Traditional Boat Supplies at Beccles, gave a fascinating talk about his life.

His early years were spent in Mevagissey, then a very close community of fishermen. He was taken out of school by his mother at the age of fourteen and a half to support his family by fishing for pilchard in the family lugger.

After two or three years national service changed all that and, although in a reserved occupation, he volunteered for the forces. A self-taught, extremely fast, shorthand writer he was soon in demand for clerical service overseas and served in Bermuda and Jamaica until demob. He then set up in the charter business with a friend and later for 3 months went as bosun on Errol Flynn’s yacht with the Rat Pack attending frequent parties on board. After various other business ventures he came to Beccles and spent many years building up an international business supplying anything and everything needed for maintaining traditional boats. This year, fed up with his sleep being interrupted by international calls, he finally decided to retire, although in his retirement he will be looking for new adventures. He interspersed his half-hour talk with amusing anecdotes and members were most appreciative. Few of us realised, for example, that a true Cornish Pasty has a filling of pilchard and vegetables, with a jam section at one end.

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Thank you, John. Members enjoyed your talk immensely.

Then members had a short time for a chat and a drink before the FISH AND CHIPS arrived. A few people had chosen sausage or a vegetarian option instead of the fish, and nobody went hungry. Quite the opposite!

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And many members decided to stay on to see the film of Albion’s trip round to Ely in the 1970s. Everyone enjoyed watching but perhaps we won’t try a similar voyage with Maud yet awhile.