Honorary Membership of the BSB is not given lightly, the recipient having to have given outstanding service. Until the 2018 Autumn conference our only current Honorary Member was Jean Grieves. Over the years Jean gave many superb presentations at BSB conferences. From 1996 she did sterling service on the Executive Committee and as Conference Chairman and was BSB Chairman in 1997/98. Her final conference as Conference Chairman was the Golden Jubilee conference in 2006, which was a tremendous success. The BSB Executive committee felt that the following members merited the honour of joining Jean as Honorary Members of the British Society of Baking.
David Roberts joined the BSB in 1971 and contributed greatly to the advancement of the Society in the 1970s and 80s from his work on various committees and as BSB Chairman in 1981 – 82. He also contributed to the success of the Golden Jubilee conference in 2006 as a key speaker at the conference dinner. David continues to support our conferences to this day and embodies everything that is good about being a member of the BSB.
Jim Brown Joined the BSB in 1974 and over the next 20 years served on and was Chairman of, various committees, and was Publication Secretary for 13 years. He was BSB Chairman in 1988 – 89. Having cut back on his BSB work from 1994, he agreed to become BSB Treasurer in 2007, due sadly to the terminal illness with cancer of the then Treasurer Mike Byrd, who is sorely missed. From his previous BSB experience, Jim soon became active in other areas of the BSB, becoming conference coordinator, editor of the conference proceedings, updater of the BSB website and conference photographer.
Neil Jackson joined the BSB in 1997 and became a member of the Executive Committee in 2000. He was BSB Chairman from 2004 – 2006, including the 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee Conference, which he organised exceptionally well with the Conference Chairman Jean Grieves and the then Executive Committee. It was a memorable occasion for all who attended. Neil has supported our conferences, the Executive committee and our activities over many years. He only stepped down from the Executive committee 4 years ago but still attends BSB conferences. Neil celebrated his 80th birthday this year but unfortunately he could not attend the autumn conference due to an important hospital appointment.
Further BSB Honorary Member Elected at the 2019 Spring Conference
There was a fourth BSB member who should have received the Honorary Membership award at the autumn conference but was unable to attend due to his many business and industry commitments. He is Paul Heygate, our longest serving active member, having joined the society on 1st June 1967, some 52 years ago. Paul served on the Executive and other committees for several years and was BSB Chairman in 1999 – 2001. He was also the session chairman for our 60th Anniversary conference. Paul is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and is still very active in the family baking and milling businesses. It is also his birthday today! It gives me great pleasure to present Paul Heygate with his BSB Honorary Membership award.