It was daylight when the first of us arrived at 6.a.m.
Alan Moller was third in, wearing what appeared to be a very virulent cold and asked whether he should come to the meeting or not, given his medical state. As Paul Booth and myself backed towards the end of the room we suggested maybe he ought to give it a miss this time. Great effort for turning up Alan, hope you aare feelingbetter soon. Notwithstanding Alan’s fleeting visit we finished up with 25 Members being ready to sit down for breakfast with two visitors. Tim Heard was there with his application form which was submitted at the end of the meeting. Dan Wright was with us for the first time.
Before the meeting got under way proper, an email was read out from Alan Shaw thanking us for his retirement card with also a threat to visit us one Thursday but at the moment he is on standby duties for his daughter who is expecting her second baby. We look forward therefore to seeing Alan sometime in the future.
Scott Griffiths used the education slot to test the water as far as the supply of documents and folders from EBF is concerned. The consensus appears to be moving towards doing away with the A4 Folder that can contain everything and moving to a combination of cardholders and notebooks all suitably embossed. More self-informative than educational, it was nonetheless useful.
The 60 Second Round
With Richard Reed’s email about being more specific as to clients we were looking for in our 60 seconds we kicked off.
Howard Bullock was the first up. He is now writing a romantic novel that tells the tale of Stephanie and Brett. The catchphrase “use it or lose it” was mentioned at some stage but I can’t remember for the life of me its context.
The highlight of Kieran Peaty’s 60 seconds was his proud declaration that he has got a badge. Now all he has to do is wear it every week to avoid punishment from Brian Painter who polices these things.
Anna Marie was looking for aged relatives who could tell a story and be photographed.
Ben Golding, back from his treatment, is looking better. Not only did his complexion appear improved but the purple pullover offset his noble features and when at the end of his 60 seconds he produced the pig it was clear what the inspiration had been for the colour of his pully.
As to the Smoked Salmon Sect, Toby Acton managed a brief rendition of a Spice Girls classic. Going forward he is now always likely to carry the mantle of being “Scary Spice”. His fellow set member Simon (I like a bit of fish) Essex, finished up enquiring if anybody wished to provide sponsorship for the production of Godspell in Brentwood sometime soon.
Kevin Brooks stood up and explained about load bearing windows. A problem not immediately envisaged by one of his clients but Nick Cooke saved the day and avoided total collapse of bungalow.
Saj remains fixated with Mother Day and he received a few orders.
Highlight of the meeting, if not the winner of the Oscar was the return of Kevin Radford as the Bard of Hadleigh. He produced the sort of quality rhyme that rose well above doggerel and showed, like Arnie, that the Bard of Hadleigh is ”back”.
Ashley (I rhyme with orange) Bermange produced samples of his gear suitably branded. Kevin Brooks was the lucky recipient although none of it seemed to fit him.
The Mayor of Gants Hill, a la mode de Howard Bullock, claimed to be writing a book, extolled the good quality business card.
Brian Painter was once again trying to get people to kick the habit of smoking. He produced a poster which ultimately had the slogan of “dying for a cigarette” is likely to turn into “you will die from a cigarette”…. all done without reverting to a description of the various poisons or the likely diseases that smokers might attract.
Apart from reporting that Paul Booth has no self-employed comedians on his books, I can reveal that Howard Bullock awarded the Oscar to Brian Painter. Well done Brian!!
10-minute presentation by Simon Essex
Adrenalin-fuelled nervousness often produces the best presentations. It follows therefore that after Simon Essex’s acknowledgement of feeling nervous he produced a really first class presentation. An illustration of the positive use of the slide show, He fully explained and illustrated his business….. a very professional presentation.
After the meeting Tim Heard’s application was approved by the committee.