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24th September 2017

How is your Subscription to IWFS spent?
What are the Society’s plans for the future?
Come to our region’s second Annual General Meeting and find out. 

Come and tell us what you think.  Come and help to shape the Society’s future. 
All members of IWFS living in the Europe, Africa Region have the right to attend and vote at the AGM.  Have your say!  Don’t leave it to everyone else!

Formal Notice of these meetings will be included in the July issue of Food & Wine but you can book your place Now!

Annual General Meeting:

We will be holding the Europe, Africa Zone’s second Annual General Meeting in London on Sunday, 24th September 2017 at 1715.  The AGM will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 100 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ER, just a few yards from Gloucester Road Tube Station.  From 1700 there will be a glass of something fizzy to welcome you before the meeting itself.  There is no charge for attending the AGM, but please let us know if you are planning to come so that we can make appropriate arrangements.

Black Tie Dinner: HQS Wellington:

A Black Tie Dinner on HQS Wellington will follow the AGM.  Moored at Temple Stairs– five minutes’ walk from Temple Tube Station – this last surviving Grimsby class sloop saw service during the Second World War.  She has served as the headquarters of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners since 1948.  As well as a four-course meal in the Court Room we will enjoy an aperitif on the Quarter Deck, taking full advantage of the fabulous panoramic views from St. Paul’s to the London Eye.  The journey from the hotel, where the AGM will take place, to HQS Wellington will take approximately 20 minutes via the District and Central line.  If you cannot come to the AGM, you are still welcome to book for the black tie dinner.

Annual Branch Representatives Meeting:

To make the best use of the time, we have also arranged the Annual Branch Representatives Meeting to take place on the same day; together with sub-committee meetings on Events, PR/Marketing, Membership – including new Branches, and Electronic Communications.  All Branches are entitled to send representatives to the ABRM and we hope to see every Branch represented on 24th September.

The Sub-Committee meetings are a new departure for EAZ.  All members are welcome to join the sub-committee which appeals to them, or more than one if you wish.  We hope you will take this opportunity to help shape our work for 2018 and beyond. 

Stay a night or two:

Mindful of the high costs of meeting in London, we have negotiated an advantageous rate with the hotel which will apply both on Sunday night and Monday night, enabling members to stay on for a second day in London and perhaps take in a show.  Even for the most popular shows, tickets are usually more readily available on Monday evenings and Mondays are also good days for the block buster exhibitions at the big museums and galleries. But you do still have to book in advance. 

Because of its proximity to Gloucester Road Tube Station, which is served by the Piccadilly and District and Central lines, the hotel is well placed for those wanting a couple of days away.  It is just one stop from the Museums in Kensington and two from Harrods and Harvey Nicks.  The hotel was fully refurbished in 2016 and, a rarity in central London, has a one-acre garden.

Timetable for the Day
Sunday 24th September 2017    Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kensington, 100 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ER

1030                    Guests will start arriving:  Tea and Coffee to be provided.
11.00 – 1200       Annual Branch Representatives Meeting (ABRM) 
                            Venue: The Cromwell Suite rooms 1 & 2

1200 - 1300         Lunch in Hotel Restaurant: 3-course buffet, IWFS will supply the wine with lunch.
1315 onwards     Sub Committees:
1315 – 1445       Membership (Cromwell 1)   PR/Marketing (Cromwell 2)
1445 – 1615       Events (Cromwell 1)     Electronic Communications (Cromwell 2)     
1700                   Champagne Reception for AGM Attendees
1715 - 1745        Annual General Meeting (AGM) and feedback from Sub Committees Venue: The Cromwell Suite rooms 1 & 2
1815                   Depart for Black Tie Dinner, HQS Wellington                       
1830 for 1900    Black Tie Dinner:  HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN