Ada - our Honorary President

J Arthur Smallpiece


As I write, there's only a couple of hours of 2010 left to get through. This is the Old Year's last blogposting and Wednesday's AGM was the last of the year, too.

So it's doubly appropriate for me to be seriously delighted to say that it was one of the most successful AGMs in the distinguished history of truckshunting. No fewer than ten people (excluding my neighbour Nigel, who just happened to bump into us) found time in their busy Christmas schedules to make their way to Newcastle for a seasonal smile and a warming posset.

I loved every single minute of it and have decided that, rather then give a detailed narrative of proceedings, I should let the end-of-year portraits and pictures above do the talking.

A very big Thankyou to everyone who was there. If you enjoyed it only half as much as I did, then you had a great time, too!

I know, too, that there are truckshunters who would like to have been there if they could have managed it. You were our absent friends and you were in our thoughts because of it. We missed you and we all hope we can see you soon.

For me, 2010 has been an amazing year, for lots of reasons. I am ending the year in a way I would never have thought possible only twelve months ago. 2010 has provided proof, if proof were ever needed, that it's simply not possible to know what lies round the corner ahead or where our lives may take us - however old or crusty we might think we are.

The comment Hildie added to my last blogposting is wonderfully fitting for the occasion. Together, we've all created a truly unique and satisfying ad hoc 'friendly society'. And I suspect that it has survived and flourished because each of its members has retained, and shares, the three 'senses' essential to our well-being and growth: a sense of curiosity, a sense of wonder and a sense of humour.

Whoever you are, and wherever you might be as you read these words...

Whatever your circumstances, good or not so good...

...I hope that your year ahead is peaceful and rewarding, that any troubles you may have recede and become mere memories, that you find grace and pleasure in the small things of life as well as the great, and that, if your 2011 must contain some tears (and everyone's must), it will also be adorned with smiles and good times, too.

Have a happy and tranquil New Year.

And keep shunting trucks.

Know what I mean?

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Vivienne said...

Happy New Year to one and all. I hope 2011 proves to be a fantastic year for all of you and your families.

Lots of love,

Vivienne xxx

Sid said...

Happy New Year folks, from all of the Bowerman family.

Hildie said...

Know exactly,Ian! Happy New Year, Truckshunters, wherever you may be .... Paris, Hampshire, West Denton ... no matter where .... I wish you lots of sunny spells in 2011. Many more than you had in 2010.
And , if you see any racehorses today, try and remember to sing Happy Birthday - for they all have their birthdays on January 1st
really enjoyed AGM XX11 !!

Sid said...

Well Hildie, the racehorses birthday, that's something I didn't know.

Val said...

Sad to have been unable to make the AGM as I was so looking forward to going. But one of our visitors was poorly and I wanted to keep an eye on her as she's such a long way from home [New Zealand]. Turned out to be swine flu, but she's on the mend now.

Let me add my good wishes for everyone for 2011 x