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Memories of our Meeting, 13 September 2003
"Sport and Recreation"

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Our meeting was held in the excellent hall of the Wesleyan Church in Bow Street, Bilston, which is very near the centre of town.  This was our first meeting on a Saturday, which we hoped members would find convenient as they could combine our meeting with a shopping trip.  This seems to have worked quite well as there was a steady stream of members and visitors throughout the day. Our guest of honour was His Worship the Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton, Councillor John Rowley. Wesleyan Church in Bow Street, Bilston Here is the Mayor with our Vice-Chairman, Jim Speakman.  (Our Chairman, Alan Bickley, had a sickie and we all wish him well).  Henry Metzger records the scene.  (Actually the scene shows the Mayor leaving, not arriving, but your reporter missed that bit and reckons that both scenes were probably pretty similar anyway - you just have to imagine everyone facing the other way). Here is the Mayor with our Vice-Chairman, Jim Speakman
Reg Aston (in the pink shirt and watch chain) In this report we can follow the course followed by the Mayor round the hall.  Against the back wall Reg Aston (in the pink shirt and watch chain) had an amazing display which seems to have included photos of every sporting team which ever ventured on to a pitch in Bilston. Barbara Presland (our Treasurer) and Bill PopeAt the back left, our usual stalwarts on the door, Barbara Presland (our Treasurer) and Bill Pope, sign members in and make a collection from guests.  They had a very successful day.  At the front centre Alma Darby (our Secretary) keeps an eye on things. Anyone who made a nice donation got a copy of a souvenir booklet, written and produced by Reg Aston, about children's games.
Across the corner Sandra Aston had her delightful display about Bilston weddings, here being closely inspected by a member. Sandra Aston had her delightful display about Bilston weddings, Sandra's display seems to have encouraged George Philpott and John Hughes into making a few points to each other. George Philpott and John Hughe

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