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WELCOME AGAIN AND thank you for taking the time to read our section of what is an excellent magazine. I do hope that everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and

that we are all looking forward to a better year than last year? (I find it’s always better for the years’ to improve!) This will be the last time that I have to do a letter for the magazine on

behalf of my region, as Dave and Jill Woods will be taking over from Michelle and I in March. Although I found it a little daunting when Neil Ogilvie, our Chief executive,

told me that I would be expected to write a small piece for each edition of the magazine, it is a task that I have grown to enjoy. The Special Celebratory Christmas Lunch at Harrogate in December was

very well attended and enjoyed by all. Everyone involved with the organisation felt that it was time well spent, and it was very special to celebrate such a milestone in the Association’s long history, sitting down to a ‘Christmas’ lunch with so many friends. The two experienced speakers on the day, Bob Smith and Norman Nuttall,

both gave excellent takes on the last 150 years. It was like they had both been there for the duration! I had wanted to introduce everyone to our incoming president

Dave Woods and his good Lady Jill. But time has just flown by over the Christmas period and we just have not been able get our heads together in time for this issue. Looking forward, we have a superb weekend of entertainment for the

Conference in March, with a 70s themed evening on the Friday and live entertainment for the Gala Dinner on the Saturday. Fancy dress will be the norm for the 70s night and as always formal dress for the Saturday dinner,

End of an era


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The role could involve overall responsibility for the Leicester branch or for managing high-value contracts, depending on the successful candidate’s level of experience.

 Tony Price, Rotherham Branch Treasurer and Tom Longden Rotherham Branch President/Secretary present Ann Giblin of Rotherham Hospice with a cheque for £300 from the final monies left from the closing down of the Rotherham Branch.

LAMD Branch Meeting The next Branch Meeting will take place on Monday 3 March 2014 at The Civil Service Club,

Great Scotland Yard SW1A 2HJ starting at 7.00pm Could all members wish to attend this meeting

please inform PDA Head Office on 024 7635 3776 Bagnalls is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Candidates with experience in managing measured term painting contracts for higher/further education bodies and/or local authorities would be particularly welcome.

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Closing Date 24 February 2014

all arranged by Dave and Jill Woods. Please try to support them with their efforts by attending the event, I know how much it means when you see everyone enjoying themselves at these occasions – It makes all the hard work and effort worthwhile. Here at the North East Region we have started a new recruitment drive. As

REGIONAL CONTACT Alan Pearson North East Regional President Telephone 01302 830777 Mobile 07946 3966266

we all know the age group of the Association just keeps on rising so we have recruited one of our future presidents from pre-school level. Here is a photo of Max Pearson taken at the Doncaster Dinner. Might I add,

it was late in the evening when it was well past his bedtime and when he had a far too many blackcurrant and lemonades but he is pledging his allegiance to the Association! On a closing note thank you all for

putting your trust in me for the last two years, I do hope that I have lived up to all your expectations. It has been a very enjoyable time for both Michelle and I and may we both wish Dave and Jill all the happiness and good times that we have experienced.

Goodbye from Alan Pearson

 Max is five and my grandson - I don’t think he knows what he has let himself in for!

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