A gloomy and windy morning was turned into a glowing warm and interesting experience simply by being a member of EBF and turning up for our Thursday meeting.
Brian Painter produced an extended metaphor that delighted the members.
The story centred around 2 monks in days of yore. There was brother Simon and Novice Timothy. It involved them coming across a nubile wench waiting to cross the river. Simon, ever helpful, transported her bodily across the torrent and set her down safe on the other side. She seemed grateful and Simon crossed over the river and carried on his journey with young Timothy. Timothy was unable contain himself and berated Simon on effectively breaking his vows, there were apparently several transgressions involved in handling a young woman in this way. Timothy could not let it go…The upshot of the tale was that you should be looking forward and those who look back become dominated by the subject of their irritation and do not move forward. The sub-plot in reality is that if you come upon a delectable lady and involve yourself in serious body contact you should make sure that she is both willing and of age.
It is always a joy to perform this particular function and this week was no exception. Ellen Beckenham of Vine Consultant Services Limited was welcomed into the fold and was given her certificate and folder and all the usual EBF goodies.
The 60 Second Round
Nick Cooke revealed that he had been involved in inspecting the roof of our venue. That’s the sort of thing he does as a structural engineer. No whimsey here, nor was there with Brian Painter who confined himself to singing praises of Terry Maylin who successfully defended claims against him by an unworthy client. It was left to Alan Shaw to hold up the end of the Whimsey’s. He managed to get in his usual opening remarks to the effect that he designed buildings but otherwise told of his rather fruitless week searching his archives back 13 years regarding cladding used on a building. Not really whimsical, just downright tedious.
Kevin Radford, in a reflective mood, as casting his mind back to 1984 and a diamond eternity ring that he bought for his wife. It has now shot up in price to £1,650.00. The moral here is to make sure you have adequate insurance cover for things like jewellery that can increase in value.
We then had a series of presentations that were simple demonstrations of what various members sort out.
John Hammond sorts out CCTV, Cathy Neet sorts our training courses, Howard Bullock sorts out potential retirees and Stuart Smallcombe sorts out all aspects of telecom, but don’t forget that he also does mobile phone contracts, I can recommend him for the latter.
Jo Eastwood is to be congratulated for greeting us all with a small tot of port and was displaying her wares during her 60 seconds.
It was Kevin Radford who was awarding her the Oscar and perhaps mindful of his title of Bard of Hadleigh made the award to Marcelle. She produced a rather touching love poem that inevitably focused on the diamond.
All told, not a bad 60 second round.
10-minute presentation by Marcelle Saad
Marcelle Saad tried out our new projector and the new set up for using it at the end of the room, it seemed to work well. It was suggested by more than one of us that this was her best yet!
Referrals and Testimonials.
A lively referrals round which produced the interesting fact of the meeting, Kevin Radford has electric garage doors.
We all departed looking forward to next weeks Christmas Special.