2011 Annual Planning Meeting of the FGCC @ The Manor Hotel Findon. 8pm (Promptish.) Friday 7th January 2011

Messrs, PT, RT, FL, ZA, JR, CB, KBS, AM, MA, MR(MD), DS, NW and GD attended this years APM. RT again took the chair and despite cries of, “one meeting.” echoing about the place he struggled to be heard above the ever increasing banter of members. The meeting began by securing dates for the historic annual events such as, ‘Reg,’ (18 this year), the Tank brek, North – West passage or was it the South – East passage? Downs-link etc., etc. Twenty minutes into this process there was a short break to recharge empty vessels.

The 2010 Bling Award was then awarded to GD having completed an astonishing, more so to GD, 42 outings, completing 873 miles of a possible 1083. RT, the 2009 holder. graciously parted company with the priceless bulldog and made the presentation.

The meeting eventually moved on to trek and brek’s, however, prior to this there was another short interval to recharge empty vessels. ZA and MR were bidding for the same date and unfortunately for ZA, MR entered his bid first and knocked ZA into touch. These dates are now in the calendar and just to set the record straight, ZA’s brek is now, ‘not the MR brek’ and the MR brek is now, ‘not the ZA brek.’ Logically following on from this, and how RT managed to finish the meeting is beyond me, the ‘Isle of Wight’ ride is now, ‘not the ‘New Forest ride’ and the ‘New Forest ride’ is now, ‘not the Isle of Wight ride.’ So at least thats sorted! It was thought that a short interval should be called at this juncture to restore order and recharge empty vessels.

DS then suggested a ‘trail ride’ in either Yorkshire, North Wales or another venue in South Wales. This received positive nods and noises of approval from members and while the meeting progressed and vessels emptied, DS broke new ground by logging into a trail website to identify a suitable weekend to go. This clashed with JR’s curry night and for fear of more, ‘not the JR curry night’ frivolity, JR swiftly put off his function to another weekend. A true gentleman.

The meeting drew to a close around 9.45pm and adjourned to the Tajdar restaurant and that’s another story. 2011 Calendar will be published as soon as the ink is dry. Thanks to Angus for not throwing us out and for top notch Harveys and Timmy Taylors, Now back to normality.

Subsequent to the meeting, the calendar has been published on the (www.thefgcc.org/FGCC/Events/FGCC11_Calendar.pdf).

Many thanks to GD for taking the minutes, having been requested to do so after the meeting was closed – the remainder of the assembled company would not have been able to remember as much!