During this years successful NAMHO Conference, which was hosted by the Club as part of it's "50 Years" celebration, we held a Sunday evening social for conference delegates, paid for by the Club, complete with birthday cake. It was decided to follow this with an event especially for the Club.
So, on the 12th November 2011, over 50 past and present Club members and guests gathered at the Wroxeter Hotel, Wroxeter to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the Club.
It was good to see so many ‘old friends’ at the event and to be able to catch up on a few stories! The catching up delayed the start a little, but nobody minded too much.
Club members past and present at the Wroxeter Dinner.
Picture: Kelvin Lake - I.A.Recordings
As this was the second birthday party of the year, naturally we had to have a second birthday cake. This one, like the first at the NAMHO Conference was cut by David Adams, Founder Member and current Club President.
Dave Adams cuts the cake, watched by Boo Vernon, Alan and Bob Taylor, Cara Allison and Rob Vernon.
The after dinner talks were from Ivor Brown (on early Club activities and events), Steve Miller (Chief Exec. of the IGMT, who spoke about developments at the museum and the involvement of the Club) and Neal Rushton (who made a quick round-up of recent activities).
Dr. Ivor Brown covering the early years of the Club.
Mr. Steve Miller talking about the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.
The talks were followed by the annual awards. These are given for a number of reasons (some which are best forgotten!).
Andy Kennelly received the “Golden Nut” for his efforts on the 40 yard level in building the scaffold platform. Tony Wilson, once again received the “Hernia” award - although not for a hernia this time!
Alan Taylor introduced a new “Archaeology” award this year. Made from a fragment of metal found at Ramsdens Shaft, Bog Mine it was awarded to David Adams for his archaeological work at Pitchcroft Mine, Church Aston.
Dave Adams winner of the first Archaeology Award.
Tony Wilson wins the Hernia Award (again) - without having to get another hernia!
Club members at the Sunday night social during NAMHO 2011 - with cake No.1.
All Pictures: Kelvin Lake - I.A.Recordings