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Happy Birthday NEBAG

 

2014 sees the 10th birthday of NEBAG, which started life as the North East & Borders Alpaca Club, NEBAC, in January 2004. The idea came from George Campbell of Cheviot Alpacas who said to me over a coffee one day ‘We need a club, I’ll chair it if you’ll be the secretary’ and so a meeting was arranged at the Gosforth Park Hotel and the Club was born.

This first meeting attracted 22 people – alpaca owners, prospective owners and those just interested in what was then very much a ‘rare breed’ and it is fantastic that many of them are still members today. Jill Blakey bravely volunteered to be Treasurer and has remained in situ since the beginning while the Chair has been ably manned by Graham MacHarg, Melanie Douglas, Debbie Rippon and is now in the capable hands of Mike Douglas. The secretary’s baton was passed from myself to Kathryn Shrimpton and back to me again!

The ‘club’ became ‘group’ in 2007 to be consistent with other regional groups and it was felt the word group was more inclusive. However the reasons for forming the club have not changed – a chance to meet other owners, share information and best practice and learn from each other’s experiences. Organising talks/events and the introduction of alpacas to agricultural shows, be it showing classes or demonstrations, in an effort to introduce alpacas to a wider audience. Also, now, the dissemination of information from BAS through our representatives on the various BAS committees. Now, as then, it is very much YOUR group and if there is something you would like us to organise on the groups behalf please let us know. Please also consider putting yourself forward for election, as this is how the group will evolve and move forward.

I am very proud to have been a founding member of NEBAG and look forward to the next 10 years.

Finally, our first two meetings in January and February 2004 were hastily adjourned because of snow, in 2014 it is more likely we will have to swim home!

Vicki Ridley

Secretary

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