September 2011 Meeting to be held on 22nd

The September 2011 group meeting will be a dinner held at 18:45 on Thursday 22 September at The Cockleshell, Goresinon, a change from our usual meeting arrangements (where we usually hold meeting in Neath the last Thursday of the month). There will be no meeting on 29 September 2011.

We have a table booked for this event, and Group members interested in joining the dinner are asked to contact one of the officers so we have some idea of the number likely to turn up. For your sat-navs, the restaurant is located at post-code SA4 4DJ (see the map below).

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New Qualified Observer

Congratulations to Darren Hounsell on becoming a Qualified Observer. Darren was presented with his certificate at the Group meeting in June by Senior Observer and Training Co-ordinator Keith Evans.

Darren Hounsell (right) receiving his Qualified Observer certificate.

July meeting — Your Group Needs You

July’s committee meeting will take place on Thursday 28 July 2011 at 19:00. It will be at our usual venue, the RAFA Club at 16 London Road, Neath, SA11 1LE. All members are encouraged to attend, especially as very soon the group’s secretary will be stepping down, and the treasurer will be leaving in September. The Group and its activities, including the training of associates, cannot run without these posts filled. If anyone is interested in assuming either role, please get in touch with one of the officers before the July meeting.

Group news and events

Evening drive out on Thursday 26 May 2011

Keith is organising a drive out for Thursday 26 May 2011 in place of our monthly meeting. This will be nice local drive lasting around an hour to an hour-and-a-half, exploring some of the less major roads. We will meet at 6:30pm for a short briefing then depart promptly at 6:45pm. Directions will be provided. We will finish the drive with a stop at the White Heart Inn, Llanddarog. The food is fantastic. If you wish to participate, please let Keith know ASAP. For further information contact Keith on 07921 775463, or email

June Meeting

Our June meeting will be held on 30 June 2011 at the RAFA Club, Neath (our current regular venue). The IAM regional group coordinator Richard Fernaux will be attending to address the group on behalf of IAM HQ. We are considering providing a buffet for the meeting, but this will depend on how many members can attend. Richard has important information to disseminate so please make an extra special effort to attend this meeting. We need to know how many to cater for, so please let Keith know if you are attending by no later than 16 June 2011.

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