We returned to the British Motor Museum for the Fellowship's 32nd Annual Midlands Lunch this year on April 19th.
Chairman Brian Childs welcomed 180 Fellows and guests and thanked the Event Organiser, Julie Jennings as well as Tina Steele and Margaret Timms for their splendid efforts in making the event an outstanding success.
A special welcome was given to the ladies present and to a number of new Fellows that were attending their first FMI event. Brian thanked everybody for the faith they had shown in approving his appointment and congratulated Brian Spratt on his appointment as Vice Chairman and said how much he was looking forward to working with him in the years ahead.
During his speech Brian confirmed the Committee's commitment to continue to arrange interesting, varied and affordable events with the main objective of promoting good fellowship. With reducing member numbers there will be a quest to entice and encourage new Industry members.
After grace and the singing of Jerusalem Fellows and their guests were treated to a superb three-course lunch followed by coffee.
Following lunch Brian Childs introduced our guest speaker, ex FMI Chairman and President Jim Hughes to propose a toast to the Fellowship. With his usual flair Jim made an extremely humorous address keeping the audience entertained with several amusing stories. Brian responded to Jim thanking him for his amusing toast to the Fellowship.
Instead of running a charitable raffle it was decided to have some fun playing Heads and Tails with the winner taking home £500 and the remainder going to the Fellowship's charity account for later distribution. Past Chairman Peter Lewis-Jones conducted the proceedings with his normal enthusiasm. Keith Chatwin, who was a guest, was the winner and very generously donated his winnings the back to the Fellowship’s charity account. The Heads and Tails raised a total of £1,507 for our charity fund account.
Chairman Brian Childs closed the luncheon by thanking all Fellows and guests for supporting the event and wished everybody a safe return to their homes.