The British Polio Fellowship
Worthing & Sussex Branch
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Branch Lunch, Windsor Hotel 13th September 2015


Last year, September 2014, (as we had done for several years), we hosted The South of England Region Lunch for 106 members. The Venue, The White Swan, was not quite big enough for our numbers making it quite difficult to move around, the service wasn’t exceptional and the food, whilst quite good, was just too much!!   Several members asked why we couldn’t just have our own celebration this year so here we are.

We have used the Windsor Hotel several times in the last few years for family occasions so we inspected the facilities and Barbara negotiated with the manager and booked for Sunday lunch for 60 people.  However as the day approached, we realised that this year our own Branch numbers attending would not come up to our expectations so we invited Southampton Branch to join us.

On the day, assisted by our daughter Karen, we arrived about 10.30 to find the round tables beautifully laid up and just filling the room with quite reasonable spacing between them.   Barbara and Karen arranged the flowers that Barbara had previously prepared, made sure the number of places on each table were correct and put out the menu and games she had previously printed.  I was allowed to bring in the raffle prizes that had been donated over several months hoping that some guests would bring some too, which they did.

The meal -  Prawn cocktail, Roast Beef with all the trimmings and really super Eton Mess was excellent.  The service friendly and attentive and I heard that the vegetarian option was also very good indeed.   During lunch we were entertained by the Sundown Ukulele Band that we had previously heard at The Shelley Fete (The old Lantern) who volunteered to play for us without charge.  Of course during lunch we were all “persuaded”

by Terry and Gaynor to buy the raffle tickets and we all did very well by raising £186.00.

The Highlight of the afternoon, the Speeches, were not initially welcomed enthusiastically, but with just gentle encouragement  the thought of listening to me and our guest of honour Bryan Rowley,  who was accompanied by his wife Ann, for half an hour was greeted by a roar of approval!!

Bryan has now been the National Chairman of the Fellowship since the last AGM in Cardiff and has been determined to meet as many members as he possibly could in his first year of office.   His speech told us of some of the history of the Fellowship, Meetings with our Founder Frederick Morena and the development of our Charity over the years.   He reminded us of the fact that his father had also been National Chairman in the late 1960,s and concluded by asserting his support for the purchase of premises for Central Office – a topic that has caused some debate this year.

The afternoon ended with the winners of Barbara’s game being awarded their prizes – Worthing rock!!,    the calling of the raffle and a very nice vote of thanks delivered by our President Clare Colfer.   I thought an excellent day and excellent venue and I believe thoroughly enjoyed by all members.

Bob Stephens

A few pictures taken by Peter Hellings and Ashley Nicholls