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Evening Dinner
John Barclay, Chairman with Incoming President Mary Dunlop
Thanks to Win & Olwen Evans, Myna Flock
Thanks to Dafydd Owen, Smart Ass flock

AGM Weekend, Anglesey, North Wales.

It was the turn of the Welsh club to host the 2016 AGM with the university town of Bangor in North Wales as the centre for the week-end’s activities. These started on Friday afternoon with some heart-stopping moments for the intrepid adventurers who braved the longest zipwire in Europe at the Penrhyn Slate Quarry, near Bethesda. After a white-knuckle ride up the mountain in an open-sided truck, the zipsters  hurtled down the wire like Red Arrows breaking the sound barrier, while Society chairman Beachy manned base camp and looked after the wimps. We counted them out and counted them back!  All returned safely. Welsh club members joined us for the evening meal before the usual suspects ventured out to sample the night life of Bangor.

Overnight rain cleared in time for Saturday’s trip across the Menai Strait to Anglesey and the visit to the Myna flock hosted by Alun & Olwen Evans and family at Bodwrdin Farm, Soar, Bodorgan, also the venue for the 2016 AGM. The AGM was preceded by a brief Council meeting where John Barclay was re-elected as chairman, John Harbinson became the new vice-chairman and chairman-elect, with Mary Dunlop taking on the mantle of Society President.

A good attendance of members saw the AGM business swiftly done and dusted.  The chairman, secretary, and treasurer reports all confirmed another successful year with increased membership, lamb registrations and the finances on a sound footing.  Beltex-sired lambs continued to dominate prime lamb and carcase competitions countrywide and demand for Beltex X lambs continued to rise, along with premiums offered. Judges’ assessment and lamb dressing training days had been well attended, with further events planned. The chairman paid tribute to the late David Findlay, former Society Field Officer whose sudden death had shocked so many.  A brief discussion on import fees concluded with the agreement to leave any decision to Council. There being no other business, the chairman closed the meeting.

Tea, coffee and  tasty home baking were then provided by Olwen and her assistants and were much appreciated by all.  A large number of visitors to the Open Day joined members in a variety of activities which included a farm tour, clay pigeon shooting, stockjudging skills, and photographic and brain-teaser competitions where open collaboration and downright cheating were much in evidence. Stars of the show were the impressive females from the Myna flock, penned for inspection at close quarters.  A hog roast and Welsh beef featured on the lunch menu which was followed by an auction of generously-donated items which saw the sparrows in the rafters joining in the bidding. Then it was back to the hotel for a couple of hours rest, before again boarding the bus for the AGM dinner at Tre Ysgawen Hall, Llangefni, where the company was entertained by after-dinner speaker auctioneer-comedian Glyn Owens who also conducted the day’s second charity auction.  

Sunday morning saw members make their way to Llanrwst in the Conwy River valley for a hearty breakfast and stockjudging competitions at Llanrwst livestock market where some very smart Beltex from the Smart Ass flock were on show, thanks to Dafydd Owen and family, Golygfa’r, Dyffryn. Rowen.

A big ‘Thank you!’ to Ruth Jenkins-Hughes and the Welsh Beltex Club for organising a super week-end which saw an impressive £4685.80 raised for Cancer Research. Well done to all!