I have just finished visiting Woodland Grange Hotel with Chris Dziuba where we were finalising the arrangements for our AGM in March. It is a very comfortable hotel, set in huge grounds and the staff could not have been more helpful and friendly. I am sure that those of us staying there will have an enjoyable few days away. For those members who are joining us virtually the procedure will be the same as when you join us on any online meeting. Our Secretary will send you the log in details for Teams and you will be admitted into the meeting before 10.00. Sadly because of Covid regulations the hotel has had to close their spa facilities but the gym is open to anyone staying there. Woodland Grange Hotel is a cashless hotel so don’t forget your credit or debit card!
Last week we held a Trustee Committee meeting in London. The main reason for the meeting was to meet with prospective Trustees. This year we decided that it would be a good idea if we could all meet socially for dinner the night before the meeting. So on Monday all who were able to travel to London met in the Union Jack Club and enjoyed a very convivial evening together. I am delighted to say that all of the prospective Trustees were approved by the present Trustees and following their interview all have agreed to have their name put forward to the members for voting purposes. You will shortly be receiving your voting form which I ask you to please complete and return in the envelope provided. All other voting will be done at the AGM either virtually or in person by all members eligible to vote.
Last week I also attended a meeting in the MOD to discuss our campaign to have the war widows’ pension reinstated to those who were forced to surrender it on remarriage or cohabitation. We discussed the legal advice which had been given to the MOD and the best way forward, acting on that advice.
Following that meeting with MOD, Chris Dziuba and I started looking at venues for Remembrance 2022. We walked past 61 Whitehall which is still very much under renovation and is not likely to be open by November. We have taken onboard all the comments concerning the Churchill War Rooms, good and bad and in any case that was always meant to be a one off experience for our members. There are not a lot of places which we can use which make the walk to the Cenotaph easy for our members but we have asked for costings from nearby hotels and I am sure we will settle upon a venue which fits the bill for everyone involved.
At the time of writing we have had no indication that the Queen will be holding Garden Parties this year at Buckingham Palace. In previous years we have been given the date and how many may attend by early January. It may be that with the diamond Jubilee happening in June that once again there will not be any Garden Parties. If you are interested in applying to attend any of the Jubilee events then this is the month to apply for tickets. If you do attend anything in London or at home please send us photographs for use in Courage. We would love to see street parties, social gatherings, cakes etc with which you have been involved.
Your next edition of Courage should be with you very soon. We are always on the lookout for articles of interest so please don’t hesitate to send us anything which you think our members would like to see or hear about. I am looking forward to meeting with many of you next month at the AGM and it is always great to see old friends reuniting, especially after a two year break!
Take care everyone and remember if you can’t meet us in person at Leamington Spa, you can still join us virtually.