AGM and Social weekend 2022
Following our AGM on Friday 9th April, we spent a most enjoyable day on Saturday visiting Swanage.  Once again we travelled from Bournemouth to Swanage on the open top bus which uses the Sandbanks to Studland ferry - a very beautiful ride.
Some of us then took the train on the Swanage Railway (privilege tickets available to railway personnel) and others just explored Swanage - including an excellent fish and chip shop.

We shall be holding a similar event next year.  Why not join us?

European Days in Linz, Austria
September 2019

Over a hundred members of AEC gathered in Linz in September. All 10 sections were represented.
As always, it was a delight to meet new friends and to renew our acquaintance with friends from former years. Our Austrian hosts made us most welcome and introduced us to interesting parts of the city of Linz and to other places in the surrounding, very beautiful, Austrian countryside.
Pictures below show a boat trip we took from Gmuden – and our delightful lunchtime restaurant, the horse-drawn railway (a small preserved section of the very first railway in Austria), a reception at the Rathaus (Town Hall), just one exhibit from the Railway Museum we visited, the tram which goes up the Pôstlingberg for views over Linz and a view from our lunch stop reached by a funicular to the Wurzeralm.
And that’s not everything! We visited the Freistadt Brewery, the monastery of St Florian, listened to an organ recital ....
Although our 2020 visit to Sofia (Bulgaria) had to be cancelled, we hope to meet there in 2021.

BREST 17th – 22nd June 2019
This year the French Section of AEC joined with AMCG (the French version of FEANDC) to organise an event based in the Hotel Center in Brest.
32 French members of one or other Association, or of both, were joined by 9 Germans, 8 Swiss, 10 Belgians, and just 2 of us from the UK.
Despite being in such a minority, we were made to feel most welcome, and spent several days enjoying the company of friends old and new, as well as enjoying the wonderful Breton scenery and the visits arranged for us. 
In Brest we visited the French naval base (sorry, no photos – not allowed), the Maritime Museum, Oceanopolis (lots of very fishy pictures) and, of course, enjoyed a conducted tour of the town. 
We saw quite a lot of the stunningly beautiful coastline, visited old churches and chapels, saw ancient stone rows and the delightfully preserved village of Meneham.  Although there were no train rides this time, we did have a boat trip, crossing from Brest to the Presqu’Ile de Crozon at the start of a day’s sightseeing on the peninsula.  A pity about Harald’s hat – last seen bobbing on the waves! 
Altogether a memorable week. What a pity more British members weren’t able to join us there. Perhaps next time .... 


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