In November the Under 40s Committee held a meeting at the prestigious Chapel Down Winery, Tenterden, Kent to launch their plans for the 2017 U40s Conference.
Close to 50 potential sponsors and delegates attended the event and, following an excellent lunch, the 2017 Under 40s Conference Committee moved on to the formal business of launching plans for the Conference in 2017.
Chairman Charlie Dunn introduced himself and the Committee and this was followed by a presentation from Peter White of Soil Moisture Sense Ltd that, in part, sponsored the event. Charlie announced that the 2017 U40s Conference will take place in South Africa. This is an ambitious plan, but will allow U40s delegates an opportunity to see trees bearing fruit rather than being in the dormant stage in the northern hemisphere locations of past Conferences. Charlie said it was fitting that the fiftieth anniversary of the Under 40s Conferences would be an extra special event.
Between the presentations and wine-tasting, guides from Chapel Down took members on a tour of the vineyards and winery.