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Saturday, 7 November 2015

What a Lovely Surprise

What a lovely surprise it is when something quite unexpected happens to you! I attended the Women of Our Time luncheon yesterday at the Chewton Glen Hotel which is held annually to raise money  for Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington. Before we enjoyed a delicious lunch we listened to Sally Armstrong present a talk about her days as an air hostess on Concorde. Sally stepped in at the very last minute as the speaker who had been booked had been taken ill and although she had never done a public presentation before her talk was full of interesting facts, humour and behind the scenes gossip. We all thoroughly enjoyed it.  Her book 'Vintage Champagne on the Edge of Space' [What a wonderful title] has just been published and is well worth a read. Every year there is an award for a local woman who in the eyes of Oakhaven Hospice Trust has achieved and I had no idea I was about to be this year's recipient. What a wonderful surprise and honour and I'm still so excited that I'm on Cloud Nine. I didn't recognise myself when Chair Anna Rostand first started to read out my biography but when she said I had founded the Wessex Women's Network I realised it was me who was receiving this prestigious award! I was presented with these beautiful flowers and glass trophy.

Talking about the Wessex Women's Network we had a meeting on Wednesday November 4th when we heard Christine Ames give us a fascinating talk about behind the door of No10. I have known  Christine for many years and I had no idea she had worked at No 10 for 7 years when Harold Wilson was in power. Even though the number of ladies who attended were down this month we all had a great evening with lots of networking and laughter. Our Christmas Dinner is on Saturday December 5th at 7-30pm when the ladies can bring their husbands, partners or friends to enjoy the event.

I look forward to seeing you there.