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7/11/2015 - BBC News Website Spotlights ACWRT(UK)

 

A recent (6 November) article on the BBC News website highlighted the preservation efforts of ACWRT(UK) member Basil Larkin to create two new plaques, that will memorialise those from the British Isles who fought on both sides during the Civil War. The article also includes commentary from ACWRT(UK) President Greg Bayne.

 

 

 

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1/6/2014 - President's Report - Summer 2014

 

From Crossfire Magazine - Summer 2014

 

By Greg Bayne

 

Well we did it again. A brilliant annual conference weekend at Ascot with Frank O'Reilly and Steve Davis very ably supported by our very own team. I was worried about it of course, but it came together quite nicely. What I really appreciate is the depth of enthusiasm and knowledge that you all have. I sat back on the Friday night in the bar contemplating the few days ahead. In one corner were a few members discussing Sherman's total war concepts, in another (no prizes here!) worrying whether West Ham were going to stay up and another were doing their utmost (and succeeding) to make Steve Davis welcome. Everything was set fair for a great weekend.

 

 

 

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1/4/2014 - President's Report - Spring 2014

 

By Greg Bayne

 

From 'Crossfire', Spring 2014

 

What a great start to the year we have had! It was really interesting to hear Steve Foulston talk about Civil War Florida. It is certainly an overlooked area that needs more attention. Afterwards two more of our “newer” members came to me and offered to do lectures in the future. It is gratifying to know that our future is in safe hands.

 

 

 

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1/12/2013 - President's Report - December 2013

 

This time of year is always a humbling experience for me. I have to reflect on the yer gone by and charge ourselves for the year ahead. It was gratifying that the membership showed their appreciation at the AGM to myself and the current Committee by unanimously re-electing us to serve for 2014. We hope to match the expectations placed upon us.

 

 

 

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1/8/2013 - President's Report - August 2013

 

I knew it would work. I am still not sure why I had any doubts. From that first moment of the conference to the last we were mesmerised by the events of 1864. Yes we were pretty sure what Joe Whitehorne, Jeremy Mindell and John D-Z would deliver. But Parker Hills? Who he? Well he certainly is a man who knows his stuff and through his unique style and presentation he kept us all on our toes. Absolutely brilliant stuff. The bar gets set higher and higher and it was a shame that it had to end because he could have kept going into Sunday night. Thanks to the team; Peter, Derek, lain and Sandra for the behind the scenes work. These events do not just happen, it involves months of preparation. Mark 4-6 April 2014 in your diary now. Also mark June 20-23 2014 which will be the annual field trip. We took little persuading in going for Cherbourg to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Alabama V Kearsarge battle. We will also include some WW2 as we renew our on-going interest in the "Blue and Grey" division as we cover the battles in and around the Cotentin peninsula and St Lo. I was pleased with the amount of "well done" and "thank you" notes from the conference, particularly from newer members. I had never noticed my transition from "raw recruit" to "veteran" and it is comforting to see how some of our newer members are finding their voice. This was also clearly seen in the "Person of the Year" debate with John Coski. Fact, figures, and opinions fly around the room and it is all taken in good spirit and humour If only we could bottle it, we would make a fortune. Until next time