Chairman's Report 1997

Fifth Annual General Meeting, December 1997.

Your Committee decided that the magazine in its original format had become too expensive and alterations were agreed at the AGM. The Committee would welcome comments. We are very grateful to Georgina Simpson who has taken on the duty of Editor.

The series of lectures continued with three last winter and a further four in the Spring. They are reported on elsewhere in the magazine. We are very grateful to our lecturers who give so generously of their time and knowledge.

"Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land" by Tim Mackintosh Smith has been published. Your society helped to finance a visit to Yemen by Martin Yeoman who illustrated the book.

The Christmas Appeal for the Ras Morbat Medical Clinic raised over £2,000. Some medical equipment was purchased and dispatched and the balance of funds transferred to the Clinic in Aden. The Clinic Director has asked me to pass on his thanks to all those who contributed and especially to the Parishes of St Michael and All Angels, Turnham Green and Llanishen, Cardiff who generously donated their Lenten Collection.

The Society’s essay competition for Yemeni students continues. The 1997 competition has a closing date of 30 November. The result will be published in the next edition of the magazine.

Jim Ellis led the second Society tour last Autumn and as this magazine goes to print is in the middle of the third.

The Yemen Festival is covered elsewhere in the magazine. Your Society provided sponsorship for the exhibition in the Institute of Archaeology and the photographic exhibition in the British Museum. All the events seem to have been very well attended. The opening concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was sold out. I would like to express my admiration for all the hard work, much of it voluntary, which went into the organisation.

At the Annual General Meeting James Nash and Sulaiman Ghanem retired from the Committee and Dirham Abdu Saeed, Douglas Gordon and Peter Hinchcliffe were elected. Since the election, Saeed Hadi Awadh has been co-opted onto the Committee. I would like to thank James Nash who single handedly started up the Society’s magazine and edited the first four editions and Sulaiman Ghanem whose advice and help will be missed.

Dr Abdulla Abdulwali Nasher who was Chairman of the Yemeni-British Friendship Association in Sana’a was appointed Minister of Health after the Spring elections. He was of tremendous help to the Society and did much to foster close links between the two organisations. At his request the Committee is working to involve some of the British based medical NGOs in the development of the Health Service in the Yemen.

William (Bill) D Heber Percy MBE

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