AGM & Social Weekend 2012

Texel Sheep Society 37th Annual General Meeting & Social Weekend 2012

Slaley Hall, Hexham - 2nd - 3rd November 2012

The 2012 AGM & Social weekend was co-hosted by the Solway & Tyne Texel Breeders Club who were celebrating their 35th Anniversary. It started off with a drinks reception hosted by the Solway & Tyne Club before sitting down to a delicious three course meal, this was then followed by a night at the Casino.

With Grand Prix driving simulators and Roulette tables, to mention just two of the available forms of entertainment. The gamblers amongst us didn’t exactly break the bank, but as proved by the photos, a great time was had by all!!

Keith Jamieson re-donated the gallon of Whisky won originally by the office staff back in 2010 at Drimsynie, (he had the closing bid in Northern Ireland in 2011). This year Keith decided on a push a pound fund raiser and ended up winning it back along with Barry Rayson, they then donated back for auction on Saturday night. The winning bid came from P Kermode... we wouldn’t be at all surprised if it makes another appearance in South Wales in 2013. The Whiskey has attended almost as many AGM/Social weekends as Keith has now!!

The evening ended with many retiring to the bar till the wee small hours just catching up on a year’s worth of gossip and sheep talk.

After a full Cumbrian breakfast on Saturday morning, some guests decided to join the coach trip for a day at The Metro Centre in Newcastle Christmas shopping, some had signed up for the Solway & Tyne Challenge and some just ... relaxed ...

The Challenge Activity had 170 members in teams of 10 (or near enough) challenging each other in Laser shooting and Archery. Some found talents they never knew they had, others just about found the target. Rumours that gun 5 recorded a hit regardless of where pointed were soon proved false when Henry Gamble only scored 1 using it.

Margaret Struthers (Collielaw), proved to be missing her vocation as an assassin when she managed to score 20 - 20 on two occasions laser shooting, and wasn’t shabby with the bow and arrow either! Geoffrey Fleck and John Yates put up good scores in both activities but Margaret easily took best female and Steve Smith (Penparc), best male.

Despite a rainy start the sun came out for the afternoon, The Metro Centre shoppers returned with overflowing bags of bargains. Everyone had time to freshen up before a successful and informative AGM took place. We said thank you to Two Directors stepping down from the Board after many years of dedicated service, Tim Healy and Gordon Gray, and we welcomed two new Directors, Peter Sutton and David McKerrow.

The evening began with a drinks reception hosted by the Solway & Tyne Club with the Ladies all dressed for the occasion. Everyone took their places at dinner for the Charity auction to begin; all should be congratulated for their amazing generosity with the combined amount from the raffle, Auction & whiskey raising £6,700!! Two charities will benefit from the generosity of all that took part; the Northern Air Ambulance and MacMillan Cancer. Special thanks go to Robert and Emma Pigg, Linda Bell and members of the Solway & Tyne Club.

Presentations took place to mark retirements, achievements and thanks, The Chairman gave his speech, and then the band (Camus) began to play.

They were excellent; before the first chorus of the first song had been reached the dance floor was full and continued that way till past 1 in the morning. Again some retired to the bar to chat and catch up with new and old friends before retiring to bed, some as the milkman delivered!

After another full Cumbrian breakfast, looking out on stunning misty scenery everyone began the journey home. A memorable and enjoyable time had by all.

With 40 rooms already reserved for South Wales in 2013, call and save a room now, don’t be disappointed! There are only 50 rooms still remaining.

Thanks to all who made the Texel weekend very special and to all who got involved.

View more photos in the gallery