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Election of European Branch Secretary

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Mary Grundberg's four-year term as European Branch Secretary finishes in 2017. Mary has indicated that she is willing to serve another four-year term.

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However, under the latest rules, the Society is obliged to give all other paid-up full Members of the Branch the opportunity to offer themselves for election to this role. If you are interested in being nominated will you please contact the Society Treasurer before 20th June 2017.

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In view of time constraints it has been decided that there will no formal meeting of the Branch in 2017. Instead the election of the European Secretary will be facilitated by way of an on-line vote on the website. (Members without on-line access will be able to ask the Treasurer to register their vote). Voting will be open for the whole of the calendar month of July 2017. Only full members of the European Branch who have paid their 2017 subscriptions will be permitted to vote.

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The person elected as European Secretary will automatically become a member of the Society Council.

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Added 31/05/2017

Last updated 06/06/2017


Annual Subscriptions 2017

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Added 27/12/2016


Easyfundraising  - An Update

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The Treasurer is delighted to report that we have just recieved our first cheque for almost £25.00 from easyfundraising. This has all been generated by Society members making on-line purchases using the easyfundraising donation reminder or app. 

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Easyfundraising is an easy way for members in the UK to support the Clan Society at no cost to themselves. All the money is donated by the retailers - some of whom can be very generous. Please read the news item immediately below for further information. Why not join now?

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Added 13/05/2016


Easyfundraising

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The Society is always keen to find new ways to raise funds to support its activities - particularly if there is no cost to the membership. Easyfundraising is a mechanism whereby members can raise donations for their favourite charity, or even the Clan Society, when they do their shopping on-line. Some 2700 UK based on-line sellers support the scheme. It should be emphasised that the donations are made by the sellers and there is no additional cost to the shopper. Users of the scheme can choose to remain anonymous.

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To find out more information about the process please click here. If you simply wish to sign up to donate to Clan MacThomas without reading all the blurb click here. Thank you for your support. We regret that this scheme is only available in the UK. 

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Added 02/03/2016

Last Updated 03/03/2016


Annual Subscriptions 2016

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Added 31/12/2015

Last Updated 03/01/2016


European Branch Christmas Newsletter

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The Christmas edition of the European Branch Newsletter has now been mailed or e-mailed to members. It contains a seasonal message from the Chief and other information.

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If you would like to help to save the environment and receive future copies by e-mail please let us have your e-mail address by clicking here. The same link can be used to advise changes in e-mail addresses.

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Members who are logged in can click on the tree to download a copy of the newsletter from the Members Secure area of the website.

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Added 14/12/2015


European Branch Newsletter

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The latest edition of the European Branch Newsletter has now been mailed or e-mailed to members. It contains a message from your European Secretary and a notice or two.

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If you would like to help to save the environment and receive future copies by e-mail please let us have your e-mail address by clicking here. The same link can be used to advise changes in e-mail addresses.

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Members who are logged in can click here to download a copy of the newsletter from the Members Secure area of this website.

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Added 26/04/2015


Annual Subscriptions 2015                                                    

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Added 31/12/2014


Volunteers Required                                                                    !!! New !!!

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Following the recent Branch Annual Meeting there are two still two vacancies on the recently formed Branch Executive Committee. We are keen to recruit members to fill the small roles of Communications Officer and Events Co-ordinator. If either of these positions appeals to you, then you can find more information in the Members Secure Area of the website. If you are logged on just click here

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If you have further questions or simply wish to volunteer then please click here to contact the Branch. Thank you for your interest.

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Added 31/12/2013


European Branch Annual Meeting                                         !!! New !!!

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The minutes of the European Branch Annual Meeting which was held in London on 8th December 2013 can now be found in the Members secure area of this website.

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Members who have logged on can click here to read them.

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Added 31/12/2013 


European Branch Annual Meeting

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Full information about the European Branch Annual Meeting in London on Sunday 8nd December 2013 can now be found in the Member's Secure Area of this website. This includes biographies for the candidates standing for election to the Branch Executive and an electronic Proxy Voting form. Qualifying branch members are encouraged to use this facility to submit their votes.

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Please log on and then click here to visit the meeting menu.

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Added 30/10/2013


Congratulations!!

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The Society and Branch send congratulations and best wishes to former European Branch Secretary, Kirstie Thoms Nials, and Chris Nials on the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Grace, on Friday 26th July 2013. We understand that parents and daughter are doing well.

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To send a message to Kirstie please click here.

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Added 04/08/2013

Updated 24/09/2014


European Branch Annual Meeting                    

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It has been announced that the Branch's Annual Meeting will be held in London on 8th December 2013. The main business of the meeting will be to elect a replacement for Kirstie Thoms Nials who will be retiring at the meeting and to fill the vacancies on the Branch Executive Committee which were described in the February Branch newsletter. Members who have logged on can get full details of the meeting by clicking here.

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All Branch members are encouraged to consider putting their name forward to fill one of the important vacancies. Thank you.

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Added 28/05/2013

Updated 31/07/2013 


European Branch Newsletter                                                                                                    

 

The latest edition of the European Branch Newsletter is now complete and is being be mailed or e-mailed to members. It contains information about an improved structure for the Branch.

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If you would like to help to save the environment and receive future copies by e-mail please use this link to contact the European Secretary.

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Alternatively you can download a copy of the newsletter from the Members Secure area of this website.

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Added 22/02/2013

Updated 24/02/2013


Wedding Congratulations 1

 

The Society sends very best wishes to Kirstie Thoms and Chris Nials who were married in High Wycombe, England on Saturday 8th September.

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Kirstie is a member of the Clan Society Council and also European Secretary. Avid readers of this website or the Clach A' Choilich may recall that Chris popped the question in Scotland shortly after the 2011 Clan Gathering in Glenshee.

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Clan members from across the world have been sending messages of congratulations via the Society and these can be viewed by members who have logged by clicking here

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Wedding Congratulations 2
                                                   

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The Society and European Branch send very best wishes to Pamela Thom who married Chris Rowe in Shrewsbury, England on Tuesday 11th September.

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Pamela has been a member of the Society for more than ten years and serves as the UK representative on the Society Archive Committee. The bride and groom met through a mutual interest in bee keeping.

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Many congratulations Pamela & Chris.

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Please click here to view photographs and read more about the wedding. 

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Updated 12/09/2012

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Wedding Congratulations 3                                                   

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The Society and European Branch send very best wishes to Eldbjorg Berentsen who married Ove Ellefsen in Haugesund, Norway on Saturday 22nd September.

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Eldbjorg Berentsen has been a member of the Society for a couple of years and she attended the 2011 Clan Gathering in Glenshee.

 

Many congratulations Eldbjorg & Ove.

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Added 07/09/2012

Updated 30/09/2012


Postal Rates Increase

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Members in the UK may have heard that postal rates will be rising significantly on 30th April 2012. The cost of sending a second class small letter will rise by nearly forty per cent.

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The Society is keen to keep costs to a minimum by sending as much correspondence as possible by e-mail. If you have not already done so will you please let the Membership Secretary have your e-mail address using the following link.

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Thank You.   

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Added 22/04/2012


Weekend in Glenshee                                                              

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The Branch hopes to hold an informal gathering in Glenshee over the weekend of Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2012. It is planned that on the Saturday there would be a working party at the Cockstane doing some light essential maintenance. On the Sunday we may hold the 2012 AGM and also have a social event.

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If you would be interested in attending would you please contact the European Secretary before 30th March 2012. Thank you.

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Added 17/03/2012


European Branch Newsletter

    

The latest edition of the European Branch Newsletter has been mailed or e-mailed to members and should arrive soon. It contains a report and photographs of the 2011 Gathering in Glenshee. There is also a new "Meet Your Members" feature.

 

If you would like to help to save the environment and receive future copies by e-mail please use this link to contact the European Secretary.

     

Alternatively you can download a copy of the newsletter from the Members Secure area of the website.

   

Added 30/08/2011


Good News from Europe

       

The Branch is absolutely delighted to announce the engagement of European Branch Secretary Kirstie Thoms to Chris Nials.

   

Kirstie and Chris stayed on in Glenshee after the recent Gathering and we understand that Chris popped the question during a walk in the hills around Pitlochry.

  

The photograph shows the happy couple celebrating in Glenshee.

      

Congratulations to Kirstie and Chris.

       

Added 14/07/2011


Summer Picnic - Cancelled

   

The Branch regrets that this event has been cancelled due to lack of member interest. We hope to hold a similar event in the future.

         

The European branch will be holding a Picnic in Richmond Park in South West London on Saturday, the 28th of August 2010 between midday and 5 pm. All members, families and friends will be most welcome. Please click here  for full details of this event.

  

Click here for more information about Richmond Park.

   

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Updated 18/06/2010

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European Newsletter

     

The Summer 2010 edition of the European Branch Newsletter has now been mailed to all members in Europe. If you would like to receive future editions by e-mail please click here.

    

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Updated 10/07/2010


Glenshee profits from the big freeze!

By Kirstie Thoms.
    
The UK was struck by the big freeze throughout December 2009 and January 2010 with plummeting temperatures well into the minus figures. The land was covered in deep snow and surfaces were icy extremely slippery. Many schools were closed, transport systems were disrupted, and many business suffered losses as a result of diminished trade and absent staff. However, the Glenshee ski slopes have profited from the big freeze and Glenshee has seen its best snow fall in over 20 years! It has been said that the snow was 'powdery' and alpine like. This is great news for Glenshee which has suffered a huge decline in trade over recent years due to warmer winters and less snow. The big freeze has allowed Glenshee to rival European ski slopes and put Scotland back on the map as a great place to ski. Of course more visitors to the Glenshee ski slopes means more people passing through MacThomas land!
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Burns night rain check.
     
Due to a lack of interest the society has not organised a Burns night for this January. The Society was disappointed by the lack of interest in such an event but hopes that we will be able to arrange something for a future year, if demand is sufficient.
    
The society is keen to hear ideas from members regarding possible events and activities that they would like to take part in. Please pass on your suggestions and comments to the European Secretary so that future events can be considered.
        
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Burns Night Celebrations.......?

   

The European Branch is hoping to arrange a Burns night event in January 2010 to be held in London. Arrangements are still to be made but the event is likely to consist of a formal evening meal possibly followed by a ceilidh. Or perhaps members would prefer a less formal event and simply enjoy a haggis super…..?? In order to assist in planning it would be helpful to know how many people would be interested in attending and what sort of event you would prefer.

     

Please contact the European Secretary if you think you would be interested in attending. Your comments are non committal.

      


Member receives award

       

Longstanding member Lisbeth Thoms received her MBE from HM The Queen at an investiture in the Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh on the 1st July 2008. The award was given for "Services to Conservation in Scotland" - members may recall Lisbeth's article in the 2008 Clach A' Choilich. The 2009 edition of the magazine featured at picture of Lisbeth after the ceremony.

    

Updated 24/1/2010


The Membership in Norway

     

We are pleased to report that we now have several members in Norway. Most of them gathered recently to celebrate a significant birthday. Please follow the link for more details and a photograph of the event.

      

Members can read more about our Norwegian members in the 2009 edition of the Clan Magazine - Clach A' Choilich.

Several members from Norway also attended the Gathering of The Clans in Edinburgh in July 2009.

     

Updated 24/1/2010