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  Edmund Shew
n A little history with a difference!
By 1983 our Society’s South Lancashire Branch, comprised of members from Warrington, Wigan & St. Helens, and
was being absorbed
into the main Society.
This branch had a very lively and colourful existence and had been well supported over many years, and I am sure that our older members will doubtless remember some of its social occasions!
Maurice Rider
n I have been involved in Institute matters since the early 1950’s, initially through the Teesside Society of Chartered Accountants, student’s society and later as Chairman in 1972. Crossing the Pennines in 1976, when I joined Owen Owen
as Group Finance Director, I soon joined LSCA Committee, serving on local and national groups and I was invited to be President for the 1984/5 year, succeeding Edmund Shew, with John Greenhalgh as Vice President.
Alan (later Sir Alan) Hardcastle was national President during my year. His lovely wife Onie, a Canadian, refused to be left at home whilst the “chain gang” lived the high life, so sent a 3-line whip demanding all wives accompany Alan and his retinue to all Society dinners. The ladies, of course, dined separately under the guidance
We also did have what was then a branch representing our good friends and colleagues in the Isle of Man and with whom I enjoyed acting as liaison representative.
One of my many visits to the Island involved accompanying our then national President,
the late Sir Alan Hardcastle. Our hire car’s route from Ronaldsway airport to our meeting in Douglas involved the crossing of a narrow stone- built bridge known as the Fairy
Bridge, and for good luck one always had to say “Good day” to the Fairies.
Alan refused to oblige as
he was quite concerned that I would tell those at Moorgate Place that our national president had spoken to the fairies. Despite my reassurance, he still refused to oblige. Of course the fairies refused to play that game, and before we reached our meeting venue our car had a flat tyre!
One of my favourite and
enduring aspects of being the Society’s President was that each separate year’s district society presidents are known as the “chain gang” and take it in turn to host an annual reunion. For one of ours, we brought the entire “gang”
for a very active weekend
in Liverpool. This was a resounding success and was a superb way of publicising what our wonderful city has to offer – and provide many lasting, happy memories.
a unique event was lost. 3. Research of the life of Lt.
George Ward Gunn, a member of the Society, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for gallantry
in North Africa in the second world war, and whose
name was recorded on
the memorial board in the library. The citation for the award and a photograph was framed and representatives serving with the Royal Artillery were present at its unveiling. Originally hung in the library, it is now in store and deserves better! **
It was a privilege and a delight as a Yorkshireman to serve the Society and Liverpool (my love/hate city!) and to make friends that still meet today. Many happy memories of a hectic year.
** Maurice will of course be delighted to read page 40.
      of the local President’s wife. This made every dinner both an event and a party and, I believe, set a precedent for some later years.
I attended 31 official engagements as President, from the Isle of Man in May 1984 to the Institute dinner in Moorgate Place in 1985, this in addition to committee meetings, lectures and visits.
During my year, the hot topic was Inflation accounting and formulation of a policy to deal with it - let’s hope that never rears its ugly head again.
The Committee also attempted to narrow the geographic gap with colleagues in Chester and North Wales through lectures and meetings in their area.
I also undertook the thankless task of finding a worthy successor to the redoubtable Kay Stananought who had
administered the Society and its library for many years. Among other highlights of my year was:
1. Hosting the Founding Societies Centenary Award dinner at The Athenaeum, where the Laureate
was Sir Owen Green
and Wing Commander Kenneth Stoddart, Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, presented the award. Designing and procuring replicas of the Society’s badge of office and, at a special lunch in the library, gathering more than 30 past presidents together. Each ceremoniously presented their successor with the new replica badge. Professional photographs of the Group were taken. A week later, the photographer rang to say that unfortunately there had been no film in his camera! An opportunity for recording

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