Chairman's Reports


Autumn 2018

Traditionally September and October are awaited with bated breath by farmers across the globe, be it Apricots and Hazels in Turkey or Almonds and Walnuts in California, waiting for more sun, more rain or even the reverse.  And then we have exchange rates, fluctuating on a word from the politicians, bankers or interested parties, and […]

Summer 2018

A Royal wedding does wonders for the atmosphere and weather and brightens the mood of shoppers.  Unfortunately, it has not improved the dismal level of the pound, but it did confirm that society continues to evolve, and change can cause problems in the retail world.  Shopping habits change, and we all need to be quick […]

Spring 2018

Time really does fly;  I remember reading 1984, watching 2001 Space Odessey (I think in the late 60’s) and here we are already in 2018.  I’ve recently seen Blade Runner 2049 – by then I will be 104 and probably no longer writing these reports! I have had a lovely visit to see Ben and […]

Winter 2018

I will start by hoping that you have all had a wondrous Christmas and a celebratory New Year, and as I am starting this in November, a happy Bonfire night as well! The longer in the tooth you become, the more memories you accumulate and whilst I admit that my storage has a few gaps, […]

Autumn 2017

This year we have seen moving ceremonies for a series of events, including Passchendaele and Partition in India.  The pity is that we don’t seem to have learnt from such events;  war is still rife, hatred very evident and the forces of evil still survive.  Yet amongst all this strife most of us are compassionate, […]

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