Sadly the news has reached us that Ian Valentine has died. Ian was a long term member and former Chairman of the Society.(2004-7) He was Heritage Volunteers Representative for 6 years from 2000 to 2006. Ian oversaw the move from the old Village Hall to our current premises with the potential for increase in membership. His words in the annual report 2005 reflect a concern at the time “However, your committee is concerned to ensure that the society does not become so large that the present friendly social atmosphere (which many of our lecturers comment on) is lost.” The character of Blackwater was indeed maintained and reflected in Ian’s leadership. He was influential in upgrading our audio systems and initiated the Newsletter, editing and arranging printing; which has grown into the excellent organ of communication for members. At Area level he became Secretary and was vocal in the politics of NADFAS, He moved to Wivenhoe some time ago but continued to come to Blackwater regularly. Ian loved sailing, overland skiing in Scandinavia and bell ringing. We will miss him.