On Friday evening when we arrived at the hotel, we had the opportunity to meet with some trustees and members of other groups, which was helpful in identifying some new ideas to work towards improving our activities in East Kent.
Saturday started with a short welcome speech by Alun Owen Chair of the Trustees of the Association.
Sally light then spoke of what we had achieved in 2016 and how we can help. She used 2 excellent graphics for this and these are reproduced below. These present the gist of her speech much better than any words.
Chris James spoke about the Association’s in complementing statuary services, collaborative working and the MND Costs Campaign.
Steve Bell spoke about the “What You Should Expect” an excellent small booklet giving brief details of what a pwMND should expect from the NICE Guidelines on MND and the Audit Tool to help assess how various bodies are doing in compliance with the guidalines.
We broke into groups which covered subjects like money for nothing fund raising, care update, the journey from awareness to action and local and regional finance.
We broke for lunch and the opportunity to look around the various stalls, we were particularly impressed by REMAP, a charity which makes custom made equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives. Please visit www.remap.org.uk
The AGM followed, during which our own Katy Styles was elected as a Trustee and Richard Coleman was elected as Chair of the Trustees.
On June 30th Wealden Business Group hosted a Murder Mystery Evening at Little Silver Country Hotel in Tenterden. The case was The Curse of the Willoughby Diamond.
The evening started with champagne as we were shown to our tables, we were hosted on a table by local members who were excellent company.
We enjoyed an excellent 3 course meal to die for!! During the meal the actors presenting the murder mystery developed the plot of the murder and murder was indeed committed.
We were then invited to use our sleuthing skills to question the cast to see if we could identify the guilty party. Our table asked some interesting questions, however we did not fine the killer.
The murderer was eventually declared and everyone in the room was a bit surprised but less so after being given the details of the crime.
There were several very good 1920 costumes, the winners Gary and Clair Bodie were chosen by a panel who were judging for the best couple, which was unfortunate for one girl on our table who was dazzling in a 20’s outfit, however her partner was not in period dress, so could not win.
The evening ended with an announcement that Murder Mystery had raised over £3000 for the Moor Neurone Disease Association in East Kent.
40 Mile bike ride in Support of John’s Journey, Raising funds for John and Motor Neurone Disease Association. Starting at the Margate Harbour Arm but with no more than 10 miles between beer breaks (other drinks are available). via Reculver, Preston, Sandwich, and back around the coast finishing at the Lighthouse Bar Margate Harbour Arm where a BBQ will be available and live bands. All welcome! Full details and route map will be posted soon. Sponsorship form can be downloaded as a jpeg in photos and printed.
Please share this event with your friends to raise awareness and get as many riders as possible!