Firstly can I start off by saying what a great honour it is to become the President of The Chester City Club. I am the 3rd Generation to be a member of the Club starting with my Grandfather, Bill Leaman joining in September 1956. It is a particular joy to follow in my Father, John Leaman’s footsteps, with him having been President in 1996.
I realise that the President is only a custodian for a year, but I am sure I can give all members something to look forward to in the way of both events as well as trips into the Club for lunch or to catch up with friends.
Along with regular events, I am looking to hold a quarterly Prospective/New Members lunch. This has the aim of introducing prospective members to the Club as well as helping the newer members to get to know the other Club members.
I am also keen to make more of our reciprocal arrangements and intend to arrange a number of trips to other Clubs in much the same way we visit the Artists Club and also The Old Boys and Park Green. My hope is that these can be a low key visit rather than an official trip, keeping them relaxed and a fun day out for all.
I also hope to encourage the use of the Club for those visiting other events in Chester such as Storyhouse and the Theatre in The Park.
As far as the events go, I am not going to upset any traditions and you will see many of the tried and trusted Club favourites including both St. George’s Day and St. David’s Day, all the usual Christmas lunches and of course the Club Carol Service.
Our first Club lunch will be a talk by Past President Roy Willis “Antarctica : Celebrating Shackleton”. I am deeply grateful to Roy for offering to do this for us and am certain it will be a sell out event.
Additionally this year, I am looking to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, with a trip to the Cathedral followed by drinks back at the Club afterwards. David Starbuck-Edwards has also managed to arrange for the Club to lay a Wreath during the service at the War memorial in the Cathedral Gardens.
Jim Halligan has agreed to once again host the Club BBQ and I am especially grateful to him for this.
I am also very pleased to announce that the Club will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day next summer and more details of what will be an action packed event will be sent out nearer the time.
Once again, i am grateful to the members for voting me in as President and I look forward to my year.