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Colin Fletcher

It seems an age since the normal pace and rhythm of life was thrown into disarray with the appearance of Covid. We lost dear friends and family members, we found social interaction limited during lockdown periods but we adapted. Although Covid will always be with us, just like the common cold and the flu, it is no longer the disruption it once was. We are learning to live in the changed circumstances.

Where am I going with this? Well, it is a pleasure to able to say that the Reunion lunch is now back at its usual time of year i.e. as close to Marconi’s birthday (25th April) as possible, Thus injecting (sic) some normality and stability(?) into our plans for the future. Although global events might once again intervene, who knows, that is a matter for another time and place.

What else is new? Following on from the implementation of bank transfers to pay for tickets, which is proving successful and efficient, another step forward was taken by embracing technology in the form of a card reader. This is turning out to be a great asset because of the sheer convenience of not having to handle cash, although there is a charge per transaction it makes life a lot easier for all parties. The card reader certainly showed its worth at the ARU exhibition (see separate article about the exhibition).

The 2022 coaster took a new direction in design to celebrate the Writtle pioneers, with a portion of the circuit diagram for the Writtle equipment.a02 1

Yes, the centenary of the BBC could have been celebrated, but in my humble opinion (IMHO as the phrase is now echoed) the Writtle site and work has far more relevance and significance to Marconi and history. Without the work of the engineers at Writtle and of course Peter Eckersley, the shape of the BBC could be a lot different from what we experience today.

On a final note I wish you all a happy and healthy 2023 and may we meet up once again at the annual Reunion on 22 April 2023 at Pontlands Park.

Coaster Swap

Do you have any missing coasters from past years? Then contact the Secretary for price and availability. We have a healthy stock of coasters for 2020, 2021 and 2022. Would you like a set of 4 or 6 coasters from different years, or perhaps you are looking for gift ideas.