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It is both an honour and a privilege to be your President for 2013.
My thanks go to North Essex CBF and my Club, Boxford, for the support they have given me prior to my appointment.
I look forward to continue working with the Deputy President Bernie Millard and our new Junior Deputy Bob Robson who will be the first person to have had two terms as National President in two years’ time.
It has been a sad start to my year when our National President of 2011, Stewart Milner, died suddenly on the day of my appointment. During the previous week we had started making arrangements for my visit to his county, Cleveland, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his Club, Whitehead Park.
Stewart will be very sorely missed at Club, County and National levels. Our condolences go out to his wife Olive and family. The attendance at his funeral was a true testimony of his legacy to bowling and to all who knew him.
I wish Karen Weites, the new EWBF President, all the best for her year and look forward to working with her and her Deputy Margaret Thorpe and Junior Deputy Beryl Beresford.
I should like to congratulate Mick Warriner and Margaret McManemy on their successful year, and to thank them for their friendship and support throughout my two years on the Presidential ladder.
I look forward to my visits to county matches and attendance at Newark, Skegness and county presentation evenings where I hope to meet many of you.
Finally I wish, on behalf of all Federation bowlers, to thank County and National officials for their continued hard work and commitment to Federation bowling.
EBF President 2013
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In 1958 a little girl was taken to Skegness by her Mum and Dad to watch the EBF National Finals and every year after that she watched in awe as she saw the Lady Presidents wearing their chain of office. In Feb 1964 her Mum paid her first capita levy and her love affair with the Federation began. She wondered if one day she might have the honour of being National President of the great Federation Family, and this year that little girl’s dream has come true.
For that reason I dedicate this year to my Mum and Dad, Ellen (Nellie) and Wilfred Bramley (I know they will be watching over me and cheering me on) who introduced me to this wonderful game and a lifetime of wonderful memories and friends from all over the country who I call my “Federation Family”
I would like to thank my County of Northumberland for allowing me the opportunity to fulfil a lifelong ambition and the help, support and friendship I have had from both the Ladies and Men of Northumberland throughout my life, I hold very dear in my heart.
I look forward in 2013 as your National President to meet as many of you as I can, not only in your own Counties, but also at Newark and Skegness, and hope that many new friendships will be forged as well as renewing my long term friendships.
I would like to thank Margaret McManemy for taking me under her wing over the last two years and wish her well in the future.
I look forward to this year, once again, working with Margaret Thorpe, Deputy President and Beryl Beresford, Junior Deputy President and thank them for their support and hope that their climb up the ladder will be as enjoyable as mine has been. My heartfelt thanks also goes to Barbara Rushbrook, EWBF Secretary and Dave Woods, EBF Secretary for all their work behind the scenes and also to the NEC members, Officials and County Delegates, who give their time so freely to make the English Bowling Federation this great Fraternity which we are all proud to belong to.
My congratulations to my opposite number Les Clarke on becoming EBF President and to Bernard Milliard and Bob Robson, his Deputies I hope their year is a memorable one and I look forward to once again working with them.
Finally I thank my family, whom I love very much, without their support and understanding I could not have pursued my love of this game.
Good wishes to you all for a great 2013 and I hope that this year, you all, like me, attain your dreams.
EWBF President 2013