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RECENT EVENTS     A record breaking 127 members attended the AGM at the Navigator. Members heard reports from Society Officers, Museum Curators and Committee Chairmen on all aspects of the Society’s work.  In particular the culmination of a 12 year campaign to safeguard Harwich Green, the erection of a  century old platform crane near the Lifeboat Museum, about planned and unplanned repairs to Foresters roof. The Membership Secretary was applauded for raising the membership total to well  over 2000.  It had been one of the busiest years in the Society’s history. The Officers and the                 Executive Committee were re-elected en bloc for another year. After the business part of the  meeting Clive Booth described a cruise on Trinity House flagship “Patricia”.    At the final monthly meeting of the 2013/14 season, held at The Navigator on 26 April, the guest speaker was Suffolk writer, Pip Wright. The talk, entitled “East Anglia by Bus Pass” was both  informative and humorous, providing useful tips for all those embarking on travel by bus. Interesting, and, in some cases, surprising routes and destinations were highlighted, and the best  places for tea and cakes were never overlooked! The talk was accompanied by photos and  concluded with a humorous song composed by the presenter who accompanied himself on guitar.  The next meeting will be at The Navigator on Friday 26 September, and the speaker will be  Charlie Haylock, a regular guest broadcaster on Radio Suffolk, who will entertain us  with a talk about the development of the English language and dialects local to our region.    In April the Society was involved in the Town Centre Clean-up Initiative. The Footpath Group cleared the overgrown vegetation at the end of Mill  Lane, other members, together with 4th Dovercourt  Sea Scouts, picked up litter along the Hangings. The Gardening Group ensured that the new granite  tubs were fully planted up. Despite the weather being against them, all involved stated that it had been a very successful day.      Following the successful campaign over a number of  years, Harwich Green was finally granted Village  Green Status last year. The Society arranged for a  plaque to be made and erected on the Green. The  cost of this was jointly funded by the Society and Tendring District Council. The photograph shows (from left to right): Cllr Dave McLeod, Leader of  TDC Cllr Mick Page, Michael Gordon-Jones, Cllr  Garry Calver, Mrs Betty Holbrook, Colin Farnell  and Andy Rutter. 
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