THE AUTUMN COUNCIL MEETING, WINSFORD

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What a treat. 600 lucky members of CFWI met in the Winsford lifestyle centre, for their 2016 Autumn Council meeting. There is so much going on in Cheshire Federation which is brilliantly led by our new chairman Jean Harding. Presentations of events to come in the next few months were told to the gathered crowd by the leaders of various sections of the County Committee. Included were more visits to Denman, an October Concert by the Weaver Valley Choir, details of the latest project being supported by ACWW, a visit to Haughton Hall’s garden in May, and the title for next year’s Cheshire Show entries “All things Bright and Beautiful”.
We also enjoyed an informative presentation by a young lady from the Cheshire Wild life Trust. This is a local charity, and totally run by volunteers and donations.
Members eagerly returned to their seats after lunch. Angela Rippon our guest speaker had arrived. This 72 years young lady, has just celebrated 50 years in broadcasting, looked far younger and fitter than she appears on the television, took us on a journey through her professional life. A young girl from Plymouth, who was mad about horses and dancing, got herself a job as a photo-journalist with a local newspaper. Her ability, talent, and vibrancy, resulted in her getting a job reading the news on BBC TV. Her father wasn’t pleased! He gave her advice to last a lifetime…she must read the news as if she was talking to him. This Advice stayed with Angela throughout her whole journalistic life. Her career went from strength to strength, from the news, to Top-Gear, from the Antiques Roadshow, to presenting Come-Dancing, from the famous Morecombe and Wise show (1972) to the Holiday Programme. Her current role is being the main presenter of “Rip Off Britain”.
She said the secret of success was to recognise both your strengths and weaknesses, enjoy and be proud of what you have achieved. Angela’s enthusiasm for life was truly inspiring… sorry about blurred pictures, i was sitting near the back. Pat x

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