Brian Childs, Chairman of The Fellowship, welcomed guests to the Victory Services Club for the Annual London Lunch, which was held once again in the splendid setting of the El Alamein Room.
He extended a warm welcome to Kwasi Kwarteng MP, the conservative Member of Parliament for Spelthorne ,who had very kindly agreed to propose the toast to The Fellowship.
He explained that as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer this has been a busy week for Kwasi with the budget last Monday. He took the opportunity of expressing the FELLOWSHIP’s appreciation to Kwasi for finding time in his extremely busy diary, especially as he had to be back at Westminster for 3:00 pm
Brian took the opportunity to announce that the 2018 FELLOWSHIP Bursary had been won by Joseph Brown. He explained that in spite of being profoundly deaf Joseph did not let his difficulties hold him back and was a worthy winner of the FELLOWSHIP’s Bursary Award.
Finally, Brian thanked Tina Steele for her had work in organising the lunch on and the staff at the Victory Services Club for their part in ensuring that it was such a successful occasion, and Paul Barrett for his role as MC.
Kawasi Kwarteng then proposed the toast to the FELLOWSHIP in an excellent manner which was greatly appreciated by everyone present. He raised a few smiles when he explained the simple reason behind the Chancellor’s decision to present the Budget on the previous Monday rather than the traditional Wednesday was to avoid being overshadowed by Halloween!
Following lunch Peter Lewis-Jones conducted the traditional game of ‘Heads & Tails’ which raised the splendid some of £700. Sir Michael Marshall was the lucky winner of half of the money raised but very generously donated his winnings back to the FELLOWSHIP’s charity account which was hugely appreciated.
Brian Childs then invited the President Tony Ham to join him and made a presentation to Tony on his retirement as President and in appreciation for his tremendous contribution to the FELLOWSHIP during the past four years as President.
Brian Childs then invited Peter Lewis-Jones, the incoming President, to join him and Tony so that the badge of office could be formally passed across to Peter.
Peter said that he was extremely honoured to be appointed as President and that he would continue to support the Chairman in upholding the values of the FELLOWSHIP and carry on working with the committee to recognise the changing environment that is currently facing the FELLOWSHIP.
Finally, Brian Childs presented a cheque for £4,250 to Mike Judge, a member of the BEN Management Board in respect of funds raised for the industry charity during the past year. Mike replied on behalf of BEN expressing his appreciation for the donation and provided a valuable update on BEN’s current activities.