AGM also announces that membership is open to both men and women.
At its AGM last week, The Fence Club elected Denis Horton as its chair for 2017-18. Denis has enjoyed a successful career in the toy industry, including stints as managing director of Kenner Parker Tonka, Fisher Price and Mattel. He has also been president of international at Radica and the European managing director of Corgi prior to its sale to Hornby.
Denis commented:” I am delighted to have been elected as the new chairman of the Club, following in the footsteps of so many distinguished toy men. I am really looking forward to the coming year and the exciting functions that are planned for members and their guests. As well as having a good time, we’ll raise many thousands of pounds for children’s charities. 2018 will be a very big year for the Fence Club; it would be great if we could get towards £150,000.”
Also at the AGM, Fence Club secretary Clive Jones confirmed that membership of the Fence Club is open to both male and females who work in and around the toy industry and who are prepared to support the Club’s functions during the year. Currently to continue with membership of the club, members need to attend at least half of the six functions that are put on during the year. Membership of the Fence Club will continue to be limited to 45 members, as it has been since the club was formed in 1950.
It was also announced that the club has donated over £70,000 to children’s charities this year and will be delivering £50,000 worth of toys to the charities that the club supports in the coming weeks. Anyone wanting to help by donating toys for these charities should contact Joe Kissane or David Bramford at the Character Group, who organise the delivery of the toys, on 0161 633 9800.