It is that time of the year again when we think of all our Watch Ashore friends over the country – I have to say that I don’t know where the year has gone. It must be a sign of getting older.
It was so good to meet up with those of you who attended our AGM in Hull earlier this year; a good time was had by all in a lovely venue. The Hull branch members along with husbands supported us well and swelled our numbers at the informal buffet and dinner. They also provided us with some entertainment with a hysterical version of Cinderella.
Plans are steaming ahead for our AGM next year which will be in Cheltenham, dates and details have already been circulated. The hotel is in a good location with helpful staff and very nice rooms. Please do consider coming.
The Watch Ashore family has suffered some sad losses this year and our thoughts have been with those families and friends. Also I know many of you have struggled with poor health and I hope this next year will be a better healthily one.
The Seafarers Link phone calls have been a great success and a blessing to many of you. What a wonderful way to keep in touch and our thanks to Chris Rankin for setting this up and to those volunteers who oversee it.
I have again been privileged to represent the Watch Ashore at many events, the Annual General Meeting of Seafarers UK, the Mission to Seafarers Service at Paternoster, laying a wreath at Trinity Gardens at Merchant Navy Day. I did go to London for the Service at St Pauls but owing to the terrible tragedy earlier in the day, this Service was cancelled. However, it was lovely to meet up with the Hull ladies for a cup of tea and a catch up.
I would like to wish all of you a very Happy Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.