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The Secretary’s Report 2016-17

Welcome & thank you for attending the AGM.

The last year has been one of changes on your Committee.  Firstly, due to family commitments in Oxford, Karen Brown & Geoff Isley had to resign. Karen’s work to set up & maintain our website was crucial in moving the LRC forward, and Geoff’s photography provided great visuals for our website & magazine. We wish them well.

Mike Deasey resigned in Feb 2017.  As magazine editor, he revamped our Club Magazine.  Also he managed our E-Bulletin, providing a much-needed information update directly to members. The idea for the E-Bulletin came from last year’s AGM attendees, but Mike’s work setting it up and ensuring its circulation has been crucial. We wish him all the very best.

These have been big shoes to fill. LRC member,  Penny Cregan volunteered to redesign and maintain our Website and Newsletter. She has been co-opted onto the Committee.

Similarly, club member, Joe De Souza offered to edit the Magazine. Using his experience working at the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, Joe has been able to widen the magazine perspective.  The Committee are extremely grateful to both Penny & Joe for their continuing work in these areas. The sponsorship initiative, approved at last year’s AGM, has ensured a quarterly club magazine.
Freddie Parker began our sponsor partnerships, followed by Behatted, Weatherbys Bank and, currently, Tally-ho Farm & Broadwell Stud. We look forward to the next three months with GeeGeez as our next sponsor partner. Additional benefits of these partnerships have provided the LRC with raffle prizes; visits to Polo & Broadwell Stud.

Our racecourse visits continue to expand with trips to Kempton, Epsom, Newmarket & Newbury. Our viewing box on a nippy  Lanzarote day proved very popular! It’s great to see members supporting them - especially the Future Champions Festival at Newmarket. We have continued to link with the Osborne Gallery for private previews of racing artists.

Attendance for our 2017 Cheltenham preview  was up.  Chair, Lee Mottershead,  Phil, Lydia & Martin were excellent value.  This year we welcomed Weatherby’s Matt Tombs to our panel.  As always, John Jacobs organised a brilliant raffle. Dallas and Darrell proved adept at separating you from your money when selling tickets! Declan continues to promote LRC events on Social Media, whilst David Heaton volunteers to oversee our sound system for our smaller meetings.  Huge thanks to all members & Committee members for your help.

The London Racing Club could not exist, but for two vital elements: your active support & contribution together with the generosity of our guests in gifting their time & expertise to us.  Tonight’s NH panel sees Lee hosting trainer Jamie Snowden, Rory Delargy & Jack Milner. It promises to be a good night!

I would like to thank all Committee & Club members for your continued work and support.  Lee, as always, has been a fully engaged & enabling President.  We continue, with your support,  to expand our events & visits. Here’s to the 17/18 season.

Thank you for your time & interest.
Kate Austin

The Tally Ho Team.