May is an odd month in the life of expats, as it’s often the time we learn friends are moving on or repatriating, while others are ‘still waiting to hear’. It’s also heading into the final stretch of the school year, with kids doing exams after crazy busy months of university applications. There’s graduations, end of year concerts, transitions on PTO Boards - it’s very busy! There’s summer holiday and/or staycation planning to be finalised, and the never ending prayers for ‘good weather’ in the UK.
Save the date for the AWBS Christmas luncheon... Once again, we are having our fabulous Christmas Luncheon at the beautiful Coworth Park Hotel. For those of you who have been before, you'll remember the great atmosphere, good company and excellent food. A welcome glass of bubbly helps get the party going! For those of you who are new - as soon as booking is available, get your spot as there are limited numbers and the places sell out fast.
We are such a spoilt club! Today we met in the stunning surroundings of Wentworth Club in Surrey for our AGM and to hear the delightful Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards speak.
April 25 is an important date for our Australian and New Zealand Members as it’s ANZAC Day, the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It’s a solemn day of remembrance for all those who have served and died in war and while giving service for their country.
AWBS is on a roll with truly fantastic Guest Speakers, month after month, thanks to our VP Programs.
This month, members and guests were treated to a motivational-speaker-with-a-differnce while soaking up the history and beauty of the ballroom at the world famous Pinewood Studios, home to the James Bond franchise of films.
This was Dr David Hamilton's second time speaking with AWBS, and the Members welcomed him back with open arms (and camera phones ready for selfies). We were even LIVE on Facebook for a portion of his talk, and you can hear the joy in the room.
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.