History of the Northampton Area
At the County Hotel in Northampton on 27th September 1962 , Cyril Starr instigated the foundation of the Northampton area of The Transport Managers club.
This inaugural meeting was attended by the National Secretary & Founder, Bill Irons, the National Chairman of 1962, officers and members of the London Area. A total of 34 people became members that evening. Cyril Starr was elected as the first area Chairman and was supported by Herbert Mills. John Tarry became the treasurer.
At the second meeting held on 17th October and with the support of Mr J Bannon of the Manchester area(no Christian names, the minutes were very formal) a full committee was elected and the branch was fully in business with the first Annual Dinner Dance being arranged for December to be held in the Wedgewood Restaurant.
In 1964 there were some management changes with Herbert becoming the club’s first president and Cyril becoming secretary.
In 1966 the club welcomed our first Life Member, Cyril Starr who in turn passed the secretary’s job to Charles Thornton who held the post until 1971 when Arnold Civil took over the post and continued until Trevor Driver took over. Richard Jones then held the post for a short time before Arnold once again assumed the role. The current secretary is Phillip Gibson.
The holder of the purse strings John Tarry passed the books to Don Lovell in 1967 and he continued in the roll until 1982 when John Spicer filled the position. In 1994 it passed to Ray Scott and then to David Butt. In 2001 the job passed to Phillip Gibson and he is still in the job.
Since the first meeting in 1962 the club has used various venues. From the Wedgewood it moved to Overstone Solarium Ballroom until 1974 when it transferred to the Northampton Moat House. It had other venues such as the George in Kettering and the Westone Hotel in Northampton before moving to its current home of the Northampton Marriott Hotel.
1974 saw the branch create a first within the TMC with a package holiday to Benidorm, 4 nights away for £29.00.The holidays continued for several years with Malta, Peurto de la Cruz, Majorca and Torremolinos being visited.
The club has arranged various functions through the years including Medieval Banquets, Racing nights, Barbeque suppers, Stag nights, Visit to dog racing and recently a Canal boat trip.
The club continues to run as a social group meeting each month from September through to May where we enjoy a three course meal. We hold our Ladies on the last weekend of September and also look to arrange a summer day out in June/July.