Long Eaton Girls are a Hit in Harrogate
Members of Long Eaton Ladies' Circle joined the Round Table Area 14 and Ladies' Circle Area 20 "massive" in Harrogate for the annual National Conference Weekend for both organisations.
The weekend is a time to meet up with old friends, make new friends, give the out-going National Presidents a fabulous send off and welcome in the new teams for the forthcoming year. It involves some serious partying and socialising, tempered by a smattering of business at the AGM and is something that every member or potential member should experience at least once.
First stop was the Round Table National Quiz final to cheer on the team from Round Table Area 14. When I say "team" I should perhaps say "Phil Yates" as he almost singlehandedly won the final. Most amusing was watching Dr Adam Connor give serious consideration to his question before asking to confer with his "team" and turning to Phil to provide the answer!
Friday night saw the gang painting the town black as an homage to Guiness - well, apart from Twinkle who came dressed as a Mexican, an homage to her favourite beer, Desperados. I'm not sure Harrogate were quite prepared for Angela and Mike Richardson, resplendant as they were in full Guiness outfits. A raucous Area meal was followed by an evening of comedy back at the Majestic Hotel. And then dancing until the wee small hours - it's almost the law at the national AGM weekend!
Saturday was the AGM and a day of business, speeches, trophies and a few tears. Long Eaton Ladies Circle was honoured when last year's Chairman, Jane Smith, won the Anthony Nolan Trophy. This award is presented by the National President and this year was for the Circler who had "Made a Difference". As Area Chairman Beccy May read out the nomination the tissues were being passed around our table as we all sat in tears! Jane is an amazing woman and an inspiration to everyone who knows her. We are so proud that she won this award.
Tears all dried up and it was on to the Saturday night finale. The ball gowns were donned - with some needing a little help form their personal dressers, eh Twinkle! She did cause some amusement as she walked through the hotel to Josie and Beccy's room in her dressing gown and sparkly shoes, carrying her dress because she needed someone to fasten it up!
There was another cause for celebration as our very own "gorgeous" George Lloydall took over the mantle of Conference Chairman for 2014 when the National Conference will take place in Nottingham. Beccy May takes on the role of Ladies' Circle local Convenor - or LC LC as she is affectionately known.
Formalities over and it was time to party - and boy do we know how to party!
It was a more subdued gang who staggered in to breakfast the next morning. But it was a happy gang and one who were already planning next year's weekend away.
I'm booked in - are you? As Chairman Angela is fond of saying "Do it! Do it! Do it!"