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Meetings 2008... Christmas Party

 

Bev and Chris heavily disguised as Geisha Girls Myra and Bob Roalfe
During December our party was held at Bev and Chris Marvell’s house – and Belleekers, be afraid, be very afraid… with this elegant Japanese Geisha pair, above left, you can see someone in a kimono, not really looking so Japanese - and with extremely suspect long black hair… oh sorry! it IS Bev (left)and Chris (right)– and as you will by now surely have guessed - the theme was “Oriental” and quite a few of us had the nerve to dress up for it! It was absolutely splendid and image above right, shows Bob and Myra Rolfe. Bob was our fancy dress winner with his rather fetching 'Ninja' outfit. Images...Below, left, Eddie(left) and Jan (right), dressed for the occasion, lower right, food as usual, played a key part, bottom left, our UK Raffle first prize was this First Period Apple Inkstand and bottom right, the lucky winner, UK Webmaster, Simon Whitlock. Full details are included in our Newsletter, please click on cover to see more below.

 

 

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Eddie and Jan Plenty of Food
Apple Inkstand Simon receiving Raffle First Prize from Eddie

 

 

 

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Blackpool Meeting Autumn 2008

 

 

Bev enjoys a deserted Blackpool Beach Blackpool Illuminations
Here is Bev Marvell enjoying the beach almost to herself. Later our evening get-together was to take place in the village of Wrea Green It was an idyllic setting. Members spent some time relaxing at the very comfortable hotel, eagerly anticipating an evening meeting friends and discussing Belleek! As an extra treat, Josie and Steve Garnett, our hosts for the weekend, had arranged for us a coach trip to see “the Lights” that evening.
Ready for trip to 'The Lights'

 

Outside 'The Grapes' 'Eddie The Viking'
Here are a few of us gathered
outside “The Grapes”, the village
pub which faced onto the Green.
After an excellent meal, we
went back into Blackpool to view
the Illuminations. Some of us
were even suitably attired: the
Viking helmets came from the
“Valhalla” ride at Blackpool
Pleasure Beach.
 

The Sunday proceedings began in the morning with a visit to the glass making workshops of John Ditchfield. In the picture (below right) we are assembled to watch John, the master glassblower at work. During our meeting in the afternoon, This year's devotee, Paul Tubb (a richly deserved recipient after all the good work Paul has done for the Group) receives his award from Chairman, Eddie Murphy at our Blackpool meeting. A full report is available in our newsletter below left. Please click on cover.

Paul Tubb UK Group Members listen to talk

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AGM Coventry July 2008

 

Adrian Cassidy with Rare colourway on Grass Kettle Drinks at Weston Mill

For our Summer AGM, we returned to the Weston Hall Hotel where parts of this magnificent building date back to Tudor Times.

On Saturday members were able to discover the historic 'gems' of nearby Warwick and Stratford on Avon or visit the 'Antiques for All' event being held at the nearby National Exhibition Centre south of Birmingham. Members who decided to visit the Antiques Fair saw some great pieces of Belleek including a rare 'Blue Convolvulous plate and Third Period Art Deco Tridacna Cup and Saucer. It was great to sit with members in the NEC hall for a refreshing and relaxing cup of tea or a spot of lunch.

Above left ...We met up with a few other Collectors who had taken up Pat and Adrian’s kind offer to visit them – this had been arranged at very short notice as Pat and Adrian had been unaware that our meeting was taking place… Pat also supplied tea, cakes and strawberries and cream, so along with some very rare Belleek, it was a treat to visit them. We finally tore ourselves away and found our way to the Weston Hall Hotel, where other Group members were already taking advantage of the facilities there – enjoying the beautiful weather and the hospitality. above right.

 

Group at The Greyhound Iron Bridge

For dinner, we all once again gathered at the Greyhound Inn, Hawkesbury Junction, where the Oxford Canal meets the Coventry Canal. Before we went inside, we all took advantage of the balmy summer evening and stood talking and watching boats negotiating the locks to switch canals. In true UK group tradition everyone had a great time and the food was excellent. Left, here we are at the Greyhound, Right, Iron Bridge at Hawkesbury Junction in perfect reflection on the canal

Our AGM underway Keith Treharne
 

On Sunday, Keith Treharne presented a talk titled 'Coal Mining in Wales' and brought along many interesting items and entertaining tales from his past. Before lunch we heard how our website is progressing and plans for the future. We also brought pieces for our famed 'Silent Auction'. During the afternoon, we held our AGM and departed for home late in the afternoon. More news from our meeting is available in our newsletter lower left. Please click on image to enter..

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Cornwall Meeting April 2008 At Looe Cornwall

 

View from West Looe to Sea

Group Photo at the Hannafore Point Hotel

Over 30 Members travelled from across the UK, Texas and New Zealand for their spring meeting held in the historic fishing resort of Looe. Everyone commented on how relaxing and enjoyable the gathering was in the Duchy of Cornwall. We enjoyed three evening gatherings in Looe's best restaurants and met on the Sunday at the Hannafore Point Hotel on Marine Drive, West Looe for a really enjoyable meeting. More news from our meeting available in our newsletter. Please click on image below. Above, here we are gathered for a group photo

 

Group listen's to Paul Tubb's update on Belleek Workers
 

Members listening and enjoying Paul Tubb's update on Belleek Workers family trees

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