The Branch has a new venue for the Hutt meetings. Deirdre Drysdale has introduced us to “the Sanctuary”, 88, Richmond Street, Off Udy Street, Petone.
Access and limited car parking is down the driveway at the side of the property. Deirdre and the search team report the facility is ideal, cost effective and we don’t have to share!
Our colleagues in NSW organised a “mini convention” in Albury (between Sydney and Canberra) On Wednesday 2nd November 2016. The convention was attended by 27 Ricardians from all over Australia together with Society Vice President, Rob Smith, representing NZ. After a social gathering on Friday, the following day was set aside for a number of interesting and varied presentations and discussion topics. It would not be a Ricardian convention without the medieval banquet on the Saturday evening and this was well catered for by our hosts. Many attended in costume which added to the atmosphere and enjoyment of a colourful evening. A few more presentations on the following Sunday before lunch and the closure of a most enjoyable “mini” convention. Well done NSW!
The 2015 Convention held at the Angus Inn, Lower Hutt on Labour Weekend was an undoubted success. 44 delegates, 22 from Australia, gathered at the Angus on Friday night for registration prior to the official welcome and opening by Chair, Deirdre Drysdale. Branch Secretary, Rob Smith, read messages from the Society Chairman, Phil Stone together with others from far a field. Deirdre presided over the traditional candle lighting ceremony before those present settled in to socialise well into the evening.
Saturday comprised a full day of interesting presentations on a variety of topics interspersed with more light-hearted skits and readings. The evening glittered with Ricardians gathering for bubbles and nibbles prior to the traditional Medieval Banquet
Sunday morning continued the presentations before Rob Smith, as a Society Vice President, conducted the customary business session. Lunch then followed before the Chair farewelled everyone but not before Victoria Branch Chairman, Michael Iliffe, offered the thanks of all assembled to the organisers for what was he described as one of the most enjoyable and successful conventions yet held.
The next Convention will be held on 13th to 15th October 2017 in Perth. Start saving!
A year has passed since we re-interred Richard with dignity and honour. Those fortunate to attend will never forget such a once in a life time experience.
But the work of the Society goes on, the usual knockers still seem blind to the obvious and we must continue to refute those who seek to besmirch Richard’s reputation.
4th June, Sophie Bransgrove had compiled a quiz requiring a detailed but broad based knowledge of not only things Ricardian but also calling on members’ interpreting skills and imagination. A great afternoon’s entertainment
6th August Branch Meeting in Petone, 3rd September Kapiti meeting
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