President’s Message


Dear Members and your families.

I hope you are all well and I am looking forward to your support at the various events the St Andrews Society Council members and Social Sub Committee members have planned for the year 2019 – 2020.

I am, indeed, privileged to have become President of the Society for this year following the Annual General Meeting in March 2019.  I have served on both the Council and Social Sub-Committee for a number of years and have really enjoyed being involved with the Society.  I have also been able to host a few functions at my home in Calverley, which I am sure some of you have attended and enjoyed.

My parents were both from Scotland. My mother was from Alloa and father from Dollar. They were married after the war and father, who worked in the woollen industry, was promoted to anew position in Halifax, where I  was born. My father received a further promotion when I was only a few months old which took us to Darlington, where my brother was born, and so this became our family home.

After my school days and study at Teesside Polytechnic I worked for the steel industry for a number of years before changing career path and moving into the banking industry. This meant me moving to Leeds in the mid 80s. I worked for Leeds Permanent Building Society initially and as a result of mergers, I also worked for a number of different Banks, namely, the Halifax, HBOS and finally, Lloyds Bank.

As well as our regular events, which we hold each year, included in the calendar this time are one or two new events which will hopefully appeal to you and I look forward to meeting you over the year at some of our functions.

As is customary, the President can nominate two charities which will receive support and to this end the ones I have chosen, which I have supported over a number of years, are Marie Curie Cancer and the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation. Both are very important in my eyes as most of us will know people who have been affected by Cancer, and 4 years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

Finally, if you know of anyone who might be interested in joining the St Andrews Society and participating in our events please ask them to get in touch via our Email address:- Our Membership Secretary, Michael Dennison, will be pleased to discuss further with them and provide the necessary application form.

Thank you in anticipation of your support and here`s to a very successful year for the Society.

Kind Regards,

Bruce Somerville