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April 2014

Monday, 14 April 2014

WORLD of LEATHER

WORLD of LEATHER

VETERAN birder Geoff Leather was star of the show when our slide show season came to an end on April 10.
The only founder member still to be actively involved in Bolton Local Group's committee has stepped down after being involved in a whole range of roles since 1978.
Carol Tresadern, RSPB Local Groups Officer for Northern England, travelled down from Lancaster to present Geoff with a limited edition painting of wading avocets, the bird that features on the RSPB logo.
Geoff was one of a small band of national RSPB members who got together in 1978 and decided it was time there was a Bolton members' group.
After six years of working with others to get the group up and running, he joined the committee and he has been a driving force and, latterly, a father figure in the group.
For many years, he has also been our welcoming host, allowing the committee to use the lounge of his home in Rawlyn Road for our meetings each month.
From 1984 to 2000, Geoff was the group's publicity officer, producing press releases for mainly the Bolton Evening News and Bolton Journal.
From 1986 to 1989 - after what he says was some excellent on-the-job training from Chris Johnson - he was minutes secretary. And from April 1986 to 2002, he was indoor programme organiser, booking speakers and venues for our slide shows.
From April 1986 to 1999, he also arranged venues for the group's many car trips.
For many years, he manned one of Chris Johnson's sales goods stalls and, with his cheery disposition, became well known to regular members and casual visitors alike.
He has for many years also organised the distribution of our Newsletter, which is now edited by member Cheryl Delaney and he has also manned the tea and biscuits counter at the half-time interval.
The Newsletter has always meant a lot to Geoff because he contributed articles to almost every issue and recorded sightings around his Smithills "patch"
Geoff, who is still an avid - and skilled - birdwatcher, says he has no intention of leaving the group and will be at group events as usual. But he says he hopes some younger people will step in to fill his and other vacant roles to keep the group vibrant.
Frank Wood has also stepped down after 14 years as press and publicity officer and indoor meetings/speakers organiser Alan Prosser has also stepped down from the committee. He and his wife Jean also manned "the door" at indoor meetings.
Frank's wife Sheila is to continue manning the successful books stall, but it still leaves posts to be filled. Anyone who can help out in any way should speak to group leader Holly Page.
Frank Wood