Last night saw the Annual General Meeting of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London at the National Liberal Club on London’s Embankment.

The event is always in three parts with the first part being the dinner. I have always taken the opportunity to have the dinner as it is a good opportunity to mix and chat with fellow members prior to the main business of the day. The meal was served in the NLC's customary style.

Following the meal we got down to business (aka part two).

The titled officers were all re-elected and the accounts accepted. The event moved along very swiftly. Two council members stood down (following the completion of their three-year terms). One of the newly elected council members was Ardy of the Baker Street Babes.

The Tony & Freda Howlett Literary Award for 2013 was awarded to Roger Johnson & Jean Upton for their book The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany. An award that everyone agreed was richly deserved. Bob Ellis was able to present David Jones with the Tony Howlett Award for outstanding service that had been granted to him in January but which he had not been present to accept.

The final business of the night was a radio play performed by the Adelphi Players. This was an entertaining, if short, play about an American policeman in London in pursuit of a jewel thief. Roger's American accent was impressive.

Roger Johnson gives an introduction to the radio play

Roll on the rest of the May weekend.

For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

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