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BRANCH REPORTS                                    Len had brought specimens of entries for
                                                       the Rosen Award for inspecƟon— how had
ESSEX BRANCH REPORT ͵ MAY                              the Shropshire branch managed to win
                                                       again, what are those judges looking for? At
THE ESSEX BRANCH MEETING on Saturday                   least the PG Award had returned to Essex,
24 May was at The Haven Press of Chris &               or Adanaland at least. Our planned day at
Jenny Brinson, on the seafront at Holland-on-          the WaiƟng Room in Colchester had fallen
Sea. FiŌeen members aƩended, some travelling           through but a visit to the Colt Press in Witham
considerable distances and arriving promptly           on 25 June was added to fill the gap.
so that the limited parking space outside was          AŌer a group photo we moved on to the
quickly exhausted. Arriving only ten minutes           main event of the meeƟng, the unveiling
late, I was treated to a brisk walk along the          of 'The Essex Arab'. Now fully restored and
Promenade in the bright sunshine, admiring a           operaƟonal, it takes pride of place in Chris's
vista of innumerable wind turbines stretching          conservatory press room and is offered as
out to the horizon.                                    a common resource for branch members to
                                                       make use of. It runs beauƟfully, and fiƩed
On arrival, guests received a badge and a              with 'Swiss packing' (one layer of inverted
curious goody bag containing a Ɵcket for the           litho blanket and one sheet of stout Mylar
Essex Airship Company (which appears not to            beneath a top sheet of Manilla) it printed
exist), a free Ɵcket to Clacton Pier (which is         excellently from the start with no makeready
free anyway) and a pair of blue rubber gloves          or adjustment necessary. Chris has done a
overprinted with the society logo — an odd             fine job on this machine. People had brought
souvenir of Chris's recent encounter with the          a selecƟon of large blocks to test it with and
NHS?                                                   they all printed with a clear even
                                                       image. Unlike the paper, we were
We got the branch meeƟng out of the way                all deeply impressed. If you
              first, reporƟng on recent acƟviƟes        have a block too large for
                (the ConvenƟon, IPEX and               your
                               Langford had all been   press
                                      successful) and
                                         planning
                                          future
                                          events.

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