As a result of their participating in the ‘Good Motoring’ Magazine’s ‘Stars and their Cars’ series, Patrons Baroness RACHAEL HEYHOE-FLINT OBE and ROY HUDD OBE have kindly agreed to donate the £100 received from the magazine to their “chosen charity” the National Campaign for Courtesy. ‘Good Motoring’ – which is published by Campaign for Courtesy Sponsors GEM MOTORING ASSIST and edited by our Vice Chairman DAVID WILLIAMS – carried full-page articles on Rachael and Roy in its summer and autumn issues respectively. Naturally, many of the questions asked got hilarious responses!
Our Patrons spend eventful lives. In September, comedian JIMMY CRICKET took time while he was bill-topping in his own show at Eastbourne’s Royal Hippodrome to present a Campaign Certificate to JACK POUT and his Seaside Furniture store. It was our Treasurer EDWARD THOMAS who recommended that Jack and his store merited the Award. Edward was recently elected as Chairman of the Ashridge Circle Lecture Society, believed to be one of the largest (founded 1947) and one of the largest in the country. It is now Edward’s duty to deliver an introduction to all the famous speakers who address large audiences in Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre. On 8 October, Edward welcomed our Patron, the amazingly sprite 86-year-old Dame BERYL GREY on stage. He reports that she received a great ovation from the 1,300-strong audience.
There were some wonderful responses from our Patrons when – on Executive Councillor PETER CRESSWELL’s initiative – we wrote inviting fundraising ideas. MOIRA ANDERSON OBE and WYN CALVIN MBE kindly sent fund donations, while Col. JOHN BLASHFORD-SNELL OBE – who had just returned from a two-month expedition in the South American jungle – wrote offering to do a fund-raising lecture for us in the Dorset region. Our new South England Regional Executive MARY CHAMPION has taken on the task of finding a suitable venue in the Poole area.