MVA Newsletter 2018 – edition number 20

MVA President Martyn Clarke

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Peter Turrall, Chairman Marconi Veterans’ Association January 2018

The Marconi Veterans’ annual reunion on 2lst April 2018 at the old Marconi Club site in Beehive Lane Chelmsford will see the introduction of a well-known ex-Marconi stalwart as president of our association -Martyn Clarke- who has been with the Marconi Company since he joined as an apprentice many years ago.  We welcome Martyn and his nominated guest of honour Dr Paul Marshall, also an ex Marconi engineer, together with Paul’s wife Jill.  Martyn is known for his engineering capabilities whilst with Marconi Communication Systems where he travelled to many places throughout the world demonstrating the Broadcasting Division’s studio equipment including cameras, mixers and outside broadcast vehicles. Martyn can relate some very interesting stories of his visits and the events and problems faced ensuring the Marconi equipment operated to the best of its ability. Many times he met important people including royalty in demonstrating Marconi products. No doubt we will hear some of his stories at the reunion.

Martyn is a very popular veteran and even today, he, together with other ex colleagues, every Monday is at the Chelmsford city industrial museum at Sandford Mill Chelmsford either updating or repairing Marconi studio equipments which at many times throughout the year is demonstrated to the general public.

Please come and support Martyn at our annual reunion on 21st April. Our veterans committee have agreed a very reasonable cost for the three course meal and we are looking for a record attendance. Friends are welcome and perhaps on receipt of this newsletter you could pass this request to anybody you know who wishes to become a veteran or friend of our Marconi Veterans’ Association.

At the reunion we say goodbye but not farewell to Barry Powell who has been our Marconi Veterans‘ secretary since 2005. He has carried out the work of secretary so efficiently that in my years as chairman, I have never had to query any of his work or activities. He has operated from home in a very small office and although not ex Marconi, his lovely wife Chris has helped him and was always present to assist us when filling the envelopes to send out our newsletter and invitations for the reunion. We will miss Chris but thank her for her support. Thank you Barry for all your hard work for the association. We will still value your input as a member of the veterans committee.

At the same time as we let Barry have a break, we welcome Colin Fletcher as his replacement secretary. Colin joined our veterans committee over two years ago and he has acted as undersecretary to Ban’y for this period. We are certain Colin will be a valuable asset to our organisation and we wish him well in his new post.

Apart from welcoming you to our 2018 reunion, I hope you will support Colin and also Ken Earney, newsletter editor, with news and views which he can incorporate in our yearly newsletter. Please send these to Ken at any time throughout the year. Meanwhile I wish all veterans the very best for 2018.