president’s message 2016

 Aberystwyth Rotary club President 2016/17

Derrick J Whiting

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 My FELLOWS here in the ROTARY CLUB of ABERYSTWYTH……A Quotation…….Appropriate for a Town right here on the beautiful CARDIGAN BAY…..”There is a tide in the affairs of men which….if taken on the FLOOD leads on to fortune”
On such a TIDE  I am now afloat”………….
When I came here to WALES in the CHRISTMAS 2010 I intended a sabbatical… .At that time I had  been a ROTARIAN for a near 40 years……Not so much a ROTARIAN…..More a way of Life.      Profound Friendships…
Real Involvement……..Three times PRESIDENT of the ROTARY CLUB of CLAPHAM as was……BATTERSEA and CLAPHAM as was and now…Brixton Battersea and Clapham…….An HONOURY MEMBER…..a PAUL HARRIS FELLOW.      But I could not keep away.
I came to TOWN during CLUBs CHRISTMAS COLLECTION .2011……..My good fortune to introduce myself to our Immediate Past President JOHN HARRIES……..”I have done this job”…”Many hours”   “How nice to meet you”   A matter of weeks later an INVITATION to CLUB…..and more     INDUCTED by PP SONIA……for a second time…..truly 40 years on from my first INDUCTION.       Club Secretary (Then) MICHAEL had searched me out.       I have a new found friend out of that.    And CLUB has a most splendid 2nd Vice President .      Of My 46 year career in LAW…My NATIONAL SERVICE…..and 12 years in a COMMAND SIGNAL REGIMENT of the TERRITORIAL ARMY I will tell ….or I have told of……in my “MEET the PRESIDENT” inquisition.      Thank you for having me.     I thank you all sincerely for the welcome and friendship extended to me.     It has been quite excellent.    I have had not one moment of doubt amongst you.      This is a very strong club…….both in numbers and intent.   I am thrilled at that.      You will have me as your PRESIDENT….notwithstanding the fact that I am well past my “BEST BEFORE DATE”     I will follow all that you ask of me.    I will offer I hope Leadership if required……and example.       I promise myself never to utter…..”In my Club in London.we did………..”    I thank JOHN on two counts……Membership and this Presidency.     I am thrilled to have MARTIN alongside me…….”It needs one to know one”.   And of the COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN……I greet each one of you….so pleased at your selection  ….you are the ENGINEERS….Making it happen in the ENGINE ROOM of CLUB.      SAIL ON…. SAIL ON…. oh SHIP of STATE    …..ABERYSTWYTH the better for our PRESENCE and EFFORTS…….The WHOLE WORLD the BETTER in those parts touched by ROTARY.

 

To lift the curtain a littlte on my LIFE.      If I had written my AUTOBIOGRAPHY the TITLE…WOULD BE……”WHAT GOOD FORTUNE is THIS”…….When I have come to CROSS ROADS…I have had the good fortune to take the correct TURN.
SO  1, Life began with LOVING PARENTS
1932….BALHAM.    Mother FOREBEARS  SOMERSET,  FATHERS…KENTON SUFFOLK     42 WHITINGS in the CHURCHYARD.  I knew BOTH GRANDPARENTS.  up to circa 10 yrs old. I was ELDEST of 3 BOYS…….
1939     The WAR…….Out from LONDON to WILTSHIRE…The NADDER VALLY     The LORD ARUNDELL of WARDOUR ESTATE. Taught by an ORDER of NUNS…..brought to a CONVENT on the ESTATE circa 1930’s.    A very beautiful PRIVATE CHAPEL The NEW WARDOUR CASTLE.
1944  BOARDING SCHOOL…..The ISLE of WEIGHT    Another ORDER of NUNS.    The D DAY LANDING from our DORMITORY  WINDOW.
1945       Home to LONDON……via WDILTSHIRE…….Father home from the WAR…..He buys THE GROCERS SHOP….and
1946  St STEPHENS SCHOOL   LAMBETH……and I leave……to ENTER THE CHAMBERS Of Richard Francis LEVY Kings COUNSEL 2 Plowden Buildings   MIDDLE TEMPLE LANE  ….The rarefied world of the LAW.    Inns of COURT divided in to 4 INNS of COURT     We were part of the MIDDLE TEMPLE…..The INN BADGE is the PASCAL LAMB….It was my Fathers REGIMENT.
It was all magic……I thought HIS REGIMENT was responsible for my position.  The HIGHLIGHT of the period was be told to go to THE LORD CHIEFS JUSTICE of ENGLANDS COURT……to see FIVE LORDS of APPEAL sitting together….I do wish I knew what APPEAL they were hearing. I expect it was something from the WAR.
1947        I moved to join Lt Comdr ALEXANDER POLLOCK..R N.    in PRACTISE    HOWARD STREET STRAND…newly returned from the  WAR. My Saturday Morning work was to BRUSH his NAVAL UNIFORM and set it fair on DOOR…..But now I was on a learning curve. …lots of DEBT RECOVERY……for the FISHMONGERS of SMITHFIELD    “To GOODS SOLD and DELIVERED……and CONVEYANCING    the then world of ROOTS of TITLE    and EXTRACTS of TITLE…..List all CONVEYANCES and PASSING the DEEDS at COMPLETION     Receiving the Money by BANKERS ORDER   His Daughter MARY GABRIEL POLLOCK had  QUALIFIED,,,,,,,she came to the PRACTISE  just SIX of us.  AND THENNNNNN
1950    CATTERICK    NOVEMBER….A YORKSHIRE WINTER     BASIC TRAINING..and I loved it.   Inspired by my FATHER who had been a SOLDIER  1923 – 30   THE QUEENS ROYAL REGT.  The REGT had been POST as part of the HONG KONG and SHANGHIA DEFENCE FORCE…..He returned to the REGT 1939 for the WAR.
I had something special occur during my ARMY TRAINING……and it served me well.     Ill tell the story
1951 – 52   A LONDON POSTING….A T A REGIMENT…..and THEN   BENGHAZI LIBYA…..via AIR TROOPING MALTA
HOME ….MARRIAGE to my YOUTH FUL  GIRL FRIEND….
1952…….. A RETURN to the LAW…..HIGH COURT PRACTISE and PROCEDURE   .and a FAST LEARNING CURVE….TRADE UNION LAWYERS  W H THOMPSON. DAMAGES for PERSONAL INJURIES……THE CHATHAM CADETS….COLLEGE   EVIDENCE CONTRACT and TORT and the LAW of PROPERTY    FIRE BRIGADES UNION    MERRINGTON v IRON BRIDGE METAL WORKS….Harry NYMAN was my Principle. He came to CARDIFF and joined LEO APSE and COHEN.     I, loved the STATUTES   FACTORIES ACT…BUILDING REGS
1956   I was courted by a LEADING INSURANCE COMPANY PRACTISE……LEONARD BINGHAM and CO.    BINGHAMs MOTOR CLAIMS CASES………I was now on the other side.    but a mention……FREEMAN and BRIGGS MOTOR BODIES…and THENNNNNNNN   Mr Pym    The telphone call..
1958    THE LONDON ASSURANCE By ROYAL CHARTER   1720.  By Gentleman for Gentlemen.  The BASTIN FATAL ACCIDENT.  THE FAA…Statutory Damage…Law Reform Damages. Have you seen my MEDAL.  A E Jones.
1958   THEY BOUGHT MY HOUSE for me and the next year….My CAR..   An AUSTIN A 125 SHEERLINE….then an A135 Van Plas PRINCESS           Lots of work……Out in the COURTS   Many QUEENS COUNSEL   Martin Jukes   Hugh Griffiths,,,E W EVELEIGH….David TURNER SAMUALS     all to become JUDGES.  and thennnnnn  MERGER.
1966  THE SUN ALLIANCE INSURANCE GROUP……1 KING WILLIAM STREET ….to H O 1 BARTHOLOMEW LANE…and then
1971……………CHIEF CLAIMS INSPECTOR    THE CITY OF LONDON….COMMON LAW CLAIMS…for the next 22 years. LORD DENNINGS COURT of APPEAL……FUNDAMENTAL BREACH of CONTRACT    In ability to RELIE on CONTRACT  TERMS..      UNFAIR CONTRACT TERMS ACT  PHOTO COPYING services V Securicor…..our Clients.    £1 m plus and we were lead INSURERS.  A Q C as the CLIENT……The MICHAEL DICKENSON LIBEL   Failure to ride out to win.
1992   I retired.  for get to tell you……they gave me a 8 year credit  the right to retire.at 58…..But I was at the top of the BOTTLE
My LIFE in ROTARY……1971……to date and continuing….   A Thumb nail sketch.  Douglas IMRY BROWNE
My FAMILY       4 BOYS…4 GIRLS.  Grand Children……Great GRAND CHILDREN
Our RELAXATION……..HORSE DRIVING TRIALS    WINDSOR   HRH D of E.    REG…Household CAVALRY   Nigel
BAVARIA……..CROSSING the ALPS on the SIMPLON PASS……Seven HORSES and a SWISS ITALIAN GRAND TOUR ROAD COACH.      VERONA      Hunting with BEAGLE HOUNDS….FIELD TREASURER    22 years    SURREY and  NORTH SUSSEX   GOVERNOR…..EDENBIDGE and OXTED SHOW…….WINDSOR CASTLE    D of E s Birthday  80th…and  90th.
There it is……..WHAT GOOD FORTUNE is THIS.       Derrick. 2010                WALES…….”Our HOME in the COUNTRY”…………

 

 

 

 

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