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Craft Club membership is cause to remember


I refer to Astragal's 'Memory man' item in your Review of the Year issue (AJ 20.12.04), and the 'craft'experience when you 'can't remember a f***ing thing'.

You may like to know that your 'vulgar but amusing acronym' is not a new phenomenon and that in 1991 two distinguished elderly members of the Rye Golf Club founded the Craft ('can't remember a flipping thing') Club, having had difficulty in remembering with whom they had just played.

One-off membership then was £5 and is now £25 and provides you with a club tie. All proceeds go to charity with equal shares to the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association, Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Save the Children. The logo is an elephant with a knot in its trunk, a bow tied to its tail and 'CC' on its saddle cloth. Ties are now worn by members worldwide and membership embraces 22 countries.

In April 2004 the membership worldwide had reached more than 18,500 and more than £150,000 has been shared with the charities. Details are available from the Hon Secretary, Ingleden Barn, Swains Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6SL. Maybe architects reading this will be able to remember to join and so support this excellent cause.

Inette Austin-Smith, Camelford, Cornwall

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