Anniversary Dinners 2005 to 2012

In spite of ever-rising costs we have been able to offer a value for money prestige evening dinner at a reasonable price.  Although the number of Members attending the dinner have been lower than we would perhaps wish, we have been able to continue with the dinner, thanks to the support of Corporate Members and Guests, and intend to do so in future whilst it continues not be a drain on association funds.  The Allerton, Nursery Lane, Alwoodley, was booked for the 2005 & 2006 Dinners and the same venue, renamed as ‘Leeds Seventeen’, for the 2009-2012 Dinners. The 2007 & 2008 Dinners had been held at Castle Grove Masonic Hall , Castle Grove , Headingley.

The choice of menu and excellent cuisine continued to prove popular. Despite rising costs, the ticket price has been maintained at a level to encourage attendance. The 2005 entertainment included a small group to provide background music prior to the Dinner and during intervals. The Adrian Ingram Trio played without spoiling conversations, and were appreciated by many guests. We therefore engaged them again for 2006 and 2007.  In 2009 the council approved the purchase of a sound system for public address at the dinner.  It proved to be a vast improvement compared to the in-house systems suffered for many years.  The system also offered the facility to play background music during the intervals and this has proved to be popular.

Many thanks to Alex Rogers and Gordon Toulson who have done much of the work in organising recent dinners.  The late Stephen Hall had also been involved with organising this annual event.

We have continued to extend a warm welcome to representatives of kindred organisations, namely the Hull, York and Keighley Associations, the Welding and Joiners Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).  Our President has represented our Association at their functions.  Toasts for the dinners 2005 – 2010 were proposed as follows:-

The toast to “The Bishops, Clergy and Ministers of All Denominations” was proposed by:-
In 2005 William Jowitt Esq., (Carnaud Metal box Engineering)
In 2006 John Korzeta Esq., (Welding and Joiners Society)
In 2007 Eur.Ing. Brian Firth, C.Eng., F.I.E.E., M.I.Mech.E. (IEE)
In 2008 Eur.Ing. Brian Firth, C.Eng., F.I.E.E., M.I.Mech.E. (IEE)
In 2009 Richard Newsome Esq., (President Keighley Association)
In 2010 Eur.Ing. Brian Firth, C.Eng., F.I.E.E., M.I.Mech.E. (IEE)

The response was by our Chaplain Rev. Canon Tony Bundock.

The Braime trophy was formally presented by the President at the Dinner to:-

In 2005 Roy Cockshott, Esq.
In 2006 Gareth Jones, Esq.
In 2007 Tony Mathers, Esq.
In 2008 Steve Stacey, Esq.
In 2009 Kevin Gibson, Esq.
In 2010 Gordon Heap, Esq.

The Toast to “Our Guests” was proposed by the President, and the response was by the Lord Mayor of Leeds. “Prosperity to the Association” was proposed by the Principal Speaker of the evening, with a short response by the President, prior to closing the Dinners.

Table of contents
President’s Report 2010
Officers of the Leeds Association of Engineers
Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Association 1865 to 2010
Secretaries of the Association
In office 2004 to 2010
Meeting Sponsorship
Young Engineer Award or Project Scheme
Anniversary Dinners 2005 to 2010
Extract from the “Rules of the Leeds Association of Engineers”
Formula Student
Other Associations