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A HISTORY OF THE CLUB 1898 - 1998

By Geoff Chambers

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The bulk of this history has been derived from club records, but I was also given access to archives of the Birchall family by Major Peter Birchall for which I record my thanks. A number of extracts of articles which appeared in the "Gloucester Journal" are referred to or are reproduced and I am grateful to the Editor of "The Citizen" for permission to use this material.

Taped interviews with a former Chairman, Lionel Stanbury and the present holder of the office, Mike Long have helped to fill in the background to the somewhat bald facts appearing in Committee Minutes. The task of typing from the manuscript fell to Mrs E.J. McGrory whose deciphering of the handwriting was remarkable. Thanks are due to Alan Peet for producing this booklet in its printed form - not such a straightforward matter as one might have supposed. The burden of proof reading was borne with fortitude by my wife, Pauline. Any remaining errors are mine.

My thanks are also due to the Chairman and Committee of the Institute for their support in this modest venture into authorship.

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The Committee and Members are indebted to Geoff Chambers for the compilation of the History of the first 100 years of the BMI. Click on the BMI badge opposite to read the History.