This article appeared in the Spring 1971 (Issue #23) edition of the Kent Archaeological Review.
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At the AGM held at Gravesend on the 7th November the Council heard with great regret that our Chairman, Mr Cook, wished to relinquish the chair, owing to his forthcoming retirement.
Norman C Cook, BA, V-P SA, FMA, was elected in November 1967 and his wise counsel and enthusiastic leadership have been responsible for the expanding policy and increasing influence of the Council. He will be keeping in close touch with us and we hope he will visit us whenever possible. It has been a privilege to work under his guidance and I am well aware how difficult it will be to follow him. I know you will all join me in thanking him for his inspired Chairmanship, for the last three! years and wishing him a very happy and well deserved retirement.
Our Honorary Secretary, Paul Oldham, has also had to resign owing to his commitments and his wish to devote more of his time and effort towards the Maidstone Group. Paul has been the main architect of the flourishing Group Insurance scheme, which is now rapidly expanding. The committe has asked me to express our appreciation of his loyal, hard work over the past eighteen months.
On reviewing the achievements of the past year, the committee was pleased to report that: The circulation of the Review has continued to grow apace and has now reached over 2,000 copies per issue -- indeed, the demand for reprints of back numbers reflects the interest of our newer subscribers.
The Emergency Scheme, under Brian Philps' able direction, has run like clockwork and increased its scope. Anyone who attended the Dover Excavation could not help being impressed by witnessing the achievement of the large body of volunteers from many groups welded together by first class site organisation.
The Conferences continued to increase in scope and attendance, and the excellent displays exhibited by several groups enhanced these functions and helped to stimulate public interest and support.
To summarise, 1970 has certainly been our most successful year to date, but we must not relax but continue to improve existing services to groups and introduce new ideas. The Council is fortunate in its member groups, which constitute its strength.
The coming year will, no doubt, hold even bigger challenges and the committee wish all our members and friends every success in their projects in 1971.