Minutes of the Committee Meeting held on Monday 9th September 2019


Keith Pye, Christopher Plant, Gary Bridger, Roger Timms ,Malcolm Trowbridge, Graham Finch

Andrew Kaye, Michael Lane, Humphrey Wheeler, Roland Brown & Michael Judd via skype

Silent Tribute:

The Secretary advised members that Peter Gurr (1958) had sadly passed away after a long battle with his illness. Up until his untimely death he was still playing hockey for the OLHC.

Members stood for a few moments reflection.

Apologies for Absence:

Tony Mullins

Correspondence Received:

The Secretary advised members that he had not received any correspondence but that The Treasurer had received an acknowledgement letter from The RNLI in recognition of a donation on behalf of the late Noel Brady.

Minutes of the Last Committee Meeting:

The Minutes of the Committee Meeting held on the 13th May 2019 had already been circularised and were proposed by Humphrey Wheeler & seconded by Keith Pye

Matters Arising:


Social Events:

The Secretary confirmed that the annual Clay Pigeon Shoot had taken place on Tuesday 4th June 2019 members & guests were treated to both breakfast & lunch in the dining room of Isabel Alldis’s house as the restaurant was still not ready after the fire. Our thanks went to William Alldis, Michael’s Son who is now running the shooting School as well as the restaurant. Also because of William’s generosity the Association made a profit of £75:00. Steve Crosby(1985) won the trophy having the highest OL’s score.

The final outing of the year took place on Sunday 1st September which was a lunch cruise & commentary up to the Houses of Parliament and then down to the O2 arena and back to Tower Pier.

Most Members then adjoined to the Hung Drawn & Quartered pub for further refreshments.

Suggested Outings for the future;

A tour of the Globe Theatre

A tour of Kensington Palace

London Walks

Tour & light lunch of North Weald Aerodrome

Nazeing Glass works.

The Post Office Railway

The Combined Services Museum at Maldon Essex

Epping & Ongar Railway

Treasurer’s Report:

The Treasurer submitted a set of unaudited accounts to the year end 30th June 2019 which he confirmed showed the Association in a healthy situation. The Treasurer then informed members that due to an oversight he had been locked out of the bank and had asked for assistance from both Andrew Kaye & Roland Brown. This had taken a toll on Roger’s well being as well as his family’s He asked to be relieved of his duties as Treasurer with immediate effect. The President thanked Roger Timms for his many years hard work on behalf of the Association. Roger had already stated that he wished to remain on the Committee.

It was therefore minuted that as agreed Humphrey Wheeler would take over as Treasurer with immediate effect rather than at the AGM. Roland Brown offered via a contact at HSBC bank to sort out the ‘locked out ‘ situation as well as to change the signatures on the mandate form. Gary Bridger proposed and Malcolm Trowbridge seconded that it might be a good idea that whilst changing the mandate form that there should be three names listed at the bank.

Report on Membership:

Michael Judd reported via skype that he felt a bit of a fraud being the Membership Secretary as he had not done anything. The Secretary admitted that that was his fault and that it had taken a long time to bring the membership up to date and he promised to hand over to Michael at the AGM the current up to date membership files.


In the absence of Tony Mullins the Secretary informed members that the final corrections had now been made and the files had been sent to the printers as well as the letters and forms for mailing.

Golf Society Events:

The only meeting to take place this year was at Toot Hill Golf Club and at the beginning of that week there were 13 for golf & 11 for dinner but when the day in question arrived this had dropped to 9 for golf & 7 for dinner. In spite of this those attending had a pleasant round of golf and an excellent dinner. After the event the Secretary emailed David Daton, his reply was as follows:

‘ I guess I feel it’s time I at least handed over the organising reins to someone who might be able to conjuror up some more golfers. It may have run its course but maybe some one else can give it a much needed injection. Have you thought about having a word with Billy Bennet? David concluded that he had enjoyed his time whilst being the OLGS Secretary.

It was suggested that Chris Phillips be approached with a view to taking over the OLGS.

The Secretary would write to David Datson recording the Associations appreciation.


Andrew Kaye handed the Secretary a book called ‘Secret London an Unusual Guide’ which he thought would be useful for ideas regarding the outings.

Andrew then reported that there are two problems with the website, the first being that there had been a problem with the data base but he was pleased to report that that had now been fixed.

The second problem was that Andrew’s health is not at present improving and that he was finding it harder to obtain proper movement in his hands..The President thanked Andrew for all his work with regard to the website and hoped that his health would improve quickly.

Hon. Archivist Report:

Chris Plant reported that the River Boat Lunch was a great success. Tom Wilson, who was tragically killed in a hockey training session had donated many of his organs to wanting patients.

Chris said it was time we had 2 new wreaths for the Remembrance Service and this was agreed.

He also mentioned that he had stumbled across three Old Loughtonians, namely Janine & Nigel Duclos as well as the caretaker at Loughton Baptist Church but had yet to learn of his name.

Any Other Business:

Keith Pye reminded that anyone was welcome for the annual Loughton remembrance Sunday on 10th November 2019 at 11:30 and were welcome to join him at Loughton RBL for the buffet afterwards.

Graham Finch suggested that the OLHC Captain might like to give an address at the AGM

Dates for Committee meetings for 2020

10th February 2020 11th May 2020 7nd September 2020

AGM & Reunion Dinner Friday 6th November 2020

There being no further business the President thanked members for their support during his term of office, The date of the next committee meeting was confirmed as 10th February 2020 and closed the meeting at 9.15 pm and the assembled members gave a vote of thanks to the chair.

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