It is a pleasure to embark on a second term of office as your Chairman. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at future branch reunions and annual lunches around the country.
The last few years have been a challenge in terms of encouraging people to attend events and to fill committee vacancies for branch secretaries and the role of reunion secretary. As the school closed in 1991, our numbers are now dwindling, so consequently the Association is less active.
After much discussion the committee have regrettably reached the conclusion that it may be best to close the Association in a few years’ time, whilst we still have a relatively active committee to carry out the many tasks involved in the process. (Please see the constitution for that process.) It has been difficult to attract people to branch reunions, committee meetings and even annual lunches which are organised for the whole Association. A proposal to close the Association would be posted on the website and proper procedures would take place at an AGM. In 2022 HHOGA will be celebrating its 90thyear which would be a good time to close ‘with a bang’ and not just disappear slowly at a later date through lack of interest from its members.
I have no doubt that year groups and smaller groups of friends will continue to meet informally and “the Spirit of the Flame will burn in us brightly”. These events do not require a formal Association with a committee to take place.
In the meanwhile, I hope you will keep in touch through this website and attend functions as you are able. The committee is very active and in ‘good health’, but sadly the members cannot go on for ever!
Sue Rankin 1959-1966