We know this year did not quite go as planned !
Sadly, every event planned for 2020 had to be cancelled, with the final hoped-for November visit to JLR Classic falling victim to Tier 2 restrictions in the West Midlands.
Despite this lack of activities, and the consequent lack of revenue, I am pleased to reveal that the Fellowship has continued to support our motor industry charity BEN, with £5,000 donated in the middle of the year. As BEN’s CEO Zara Ross commented, “We are deeply moved that through this difficult time the Fellowship has continued to remember us. Our heartfelt thanks for everything you and the Fellowship do for BEN.”
That's why we're so pleased to start looking forward, sharing with you our 2021 events programme. We know there is still uncertainty on the horizon. As a voluntary body without any external funding, we are acutely aware of this. But it has been the Fellowship's mission to share visits, sporting events, lunches, and other opportunities with Fellows for over 80 years, and we don't plan to stop now.
The whole of your Committee value your support for the Fellowship so much, and we sincerely hope that our upcoming programme of events for 2021 will mean we can meet with you all once more. There will be old favourites, the Midlands and London lunches, along with other regulars, but there are new ventures, new locations, new experiences, but still with the constant theme of friendship and fellowship. Don’t forget, you can always find up-to-date information about the Fellowship and our activities on the Fellowship’s website.
As a member of the Fellowship you can help shape our future. We are always happy to hear your thoughts, your ideas, and even happier to receive your offers of help. The Fellowship’s committee is open to new members; get in touch with me or any other committee member if you’d like to discuss joining.
Finally, if you know of other ex-motor industry colleagues who would enjoy Fellowship activities, please encourage them to become members. Application forms are on the website or via any committee member.
Once again, thank you for your support.
Brian Spratt, Fellowship Chairman