The Western Group of Motoring Writers held its AGM at the end of November and after chairing the Group for a number of years, including through lockdown, long-serving member Robin Roberts has stepped down as chairman. His place has been taken by another former chairman, John Kendall, whose first job will be to ensure that the Western Group PR Driving Day takes place in summer 2022.
Other members of the committee; deputy chairman Kieron Fenelly, honorary secretary Steve Grant and honorary treasurer John Kerswill were all re-elected unopposed.
The much-respected Driving Day, first staged in the 1980s was cancelled as a result of the pandemic restrictions in both 2020 and 2021. The 2022 date is being finalised and further details will be made available as soon as the date and venue have been fixed.
“Robin has chaired the Western Group through one of the most difficult periods in its history and I would like to thank him for the many years he has given to the group as both chairman and deputy chairman at various times”, said John Kendall, “He has done an excellent job of keeping the group going through the pandemic and I will do my best to fill his shoes.”
The Western Group has traditionally included charitable donations in its fund-raising to stage the Driving Day. Although there were no funds raised this year, the Group decided to make donations to charity anyway. The Group has long been a supporter of WOMAC (Women on the Move Against Cancer) and will donate £200 to the popular motor industry charity.
The Group has also asked Friend of the Group and former Citroën UK PR manager Julian Leyton to nominate a charity of his choice for a further £200 donation. Julian, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, nominated Cancer Research and a further £200 will be donated to this worthy charity to help further research into the many forms of the disease.
For further information please contact: John Kendall: [email protected] or07941 782956