It is my sad and solemn duty to advise you that Keith Dewhurst advised me on Sunday 7th February as follows: - "Dear Hugh, Sad news: Long-term ASOC member and life-long Armstrong Siddeley enthusiast Tim Swynnerton passed away last night at his home Whinburgh Old Hall in Norfolk, England. Tim had recently been suffering from ill health and had fallen resulting in hospitalisation on a number of occasions last year. A true gentleman of the old school, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Hugh, I think Tim was well known to many who visited these shores from ASCC. Kind regards, Keith".
Accordingly, on behalf of the ASCC membership, I extend our sincere condolences to Tim's family and the ASOC membership. Our thoughts are with you all.
Also, I am sorry to report that David Whittem had a heart attack in the second week of January 2016, which is not good news, but given he had it at hospital, he was definitely at the right place at the right time, which was good news. David is well and truly on the mend and is back at work, and is on light duties on the property at Tidbinbilla. On behalf of the membership, I wish David a full and speedy recovery and wish Margaret 'the patience of Job'.
I am pleased to report that we have recently held a Meeting of the Board, where we discussed a significant number of issues, some of which I would like to report on:-
- Agreement to purchase the RP Bradly spare parts collection. We are truly indebted to Miriam and the Bradly family for allowing the Club to have this opportunity. The purchase excludes all Star Sapphire parts which will remain with the family, to appropriately maintain their award-winning Star. To facilitate the purchase, some funds will need to be lent to our spare parts operation, Armstrong Siddeley Spares Australia, by the branches by way of a non-interest-bearing loan repayable, ideally, over 18 months. In making this announcement on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Sandy Cameron, Geoff Tuckwell and Ian Handley for their considerable efforts over many months in evaluating this significant opportunity on our behalf.
- We have formed a sub-committee which will be led by our Vice President, John Graham, and will include our Treasurer Bill Bowker and myself. This sub-committee will report to the next Annual General Meeting in May 2016 at Tweed Heads, in respect to printing and publishing options of our Southern Sphinx magazine. This will specifically include opportunities and challenges in relation to electronic distribution of the magazine.
- Joseph Dalgleish has recently advised the Board that he will not seek re-nomination as a director. Joseph has served on board for 10 years, and I would sincerely like to thank him for his significant contribution on behalf of the membership. And, more particularly, personally, for his sage advice and wisdom over that period. Accordingly, I would ask all members to have a think about what they could contribute to the Board as a Director, on the basis that would care to nominate. If you have any questions in relation nominating for the Board, please feel free to contact me or a Director in your State or Territory
- Equally, I would like to congratulate and thank our Vice President John Graham on having served as a director (and President from 2000-2006) for 20 years, having joined the board in 1996. I believe that John is the longest serving director of the ASCC.
I am please to report that we have five New Members so far this year and have 133 renewals. Please renew your memberships promptly, if you have not already. On the basis of the above we have about 50-60 subscriptions outstanding.
The Club also advises you not to drive you Club registered vehicle if you have not renewed your annual subscription, as it is likely you will have invalid comprehensive and third party insurance and no valid registration.
We have the Tweed Rally and the Bundaberg Run approaching quickly and I would urge you to book as soon as possible to secure the accommodation of your choice. I am looking forward to attending the Rally and I hope to see many of you there. Sandy Cameron has advised me that when members book for the Tweed Rally he will contact them individually to see if they are interested in attending the Bundaberg Run. I understand from Sandy that there has been almost a 100% uptake of the offer, which is really exciting news.
Yours in Siddeley motoring,