During our February 6th general meeting we were feeling the LOVE. In preparation for Valentine's Day our effervescent speaker was none other than the gorgeous and bubbly Martine McCutcheon, star of LOVE, ACTUALLY. She serenaded us with a few bars of one of her hit songs from her long and multifaceted career, and even showed us the Happy Dance she and her mother did when she heard she'd got the part opposite Hugh Grant!! What an afternoon, I'm doing the Happy Dance now just remembering this exciting meeting.
Happy New Year to all our wonderful AWBS Members, friends and extended family.
Tuesday December 6th was what I would call historic! Meeting in
historic Windsor Guildhall, surrounded by paintings of Queen Elizabeth with most of her relatives, where her son Prince Charles and Camilla tied the knot here. But the icing on our GM Christmas pudding was our Special Speaker - fascinating, award winning historian, biographer and novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore. Yes, the internet can't hold a well dipped candle to love letters from Imperial Russia. Not after Simon Sebag Montefiore has uncovered long held secrets from the Russian archives.
November 13, 2016 marked one of the loveliest Remembrance Day ceremonies with crisp weather, sunshine and full fall colors at the historic Brookwood American Cemetery. This moving ceremony is put on annually by the American Battle Monuments Commission and The St. James Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to honour those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. AWBS, AWS and CAWC have the great honor of co-hosting the reception afterwards for the 100-150 attendees.
A crowd was waiting outside the door as bagpipes heralded the Mayor of Runnymede's opening processional of the AWBS Christmas Fayre 2016. The Mayor Councillor Alan Alderson and his wife the Mayoress walked through historic Founders Hall at Royal Holloway College, University of London. They were absolutely lovely and gracious to all, stopping to speak to TCP, The Clubhouse Project who are one of AWBS's sponsored charities for 2016-2017. AWBS are very grateful to them for this gracious opening!
1981 was even better the 2nd time around last night when AWBS members, family and friends had the house a rocking!! I knew we were a great group but I had no idea we were the consumate party animals! The Runnymede-on-Thames hotel set the tone with lovely welcome drinks while we all hobnobbed with celebrities like Cher, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Boy George, Madonna, Adam Ant, Beatle Juice and many more of the poshest people.
November's meeting came upon us very quickly sandwiched between our one of a kind 35th Anniversary Celebration the previous Saturday where we saw first hand that our members know how to party (!) and our annual Christmas Fayre the following Saturday.
If you missed October's General Meeting, held in the elegant Wentworth Golf club, you may have missed the BEST raffle prizes ever, thanks to our fantastic Travel Fayre Best of Britain room vendors and our lovely travel speaker, Shunney Nair. Our annual Travel Fayre themed B of B has become one that we look forward to, and this year did not disappoint.
Our first General Meeting of 2016-2017 on Tuesday, September 6th, at the prestigious Wentworth Golf Club was a huge success. Our attendance was higher than our highest attendance in recent years. The ballroom was buzzing with returning members, many new members, visitors and our wonderful Best of Britain room vendors who also joined in the camaraderie. AWBS is a group effort, run by volunteers, and we do not exist without all of you, so thank you.