On Tuesday 18th November, the Chairman’s wife, Jane McLean, hosted the Farmers Club Ladies Lunch, a gathering held every year to acknowledge the contribution made by women to the running of the club.
Over the years, many things have changed and women are now represented at all levels of responsibility. They bring their own personalities and skills to the practicalities of running the Club and, although a Ladies’ Lunch may seem an anachronism in this day and age, it is good to pause and mark these achievements.
Invitations are extended to those who currently serve the Club in an elected capacity, to the wives and widows of Past Chairmen, to wives of gentlemen Committee Members, to women who have offered financial or voluntary support to the Club over the years and to those who have given faithful service as part of their career path. For most ladies, it is a much awaited opportunity to be reunited with old friends, but a very warm welcome is given to those attending for the first time.
This year, our speaker was Dr Rachel Bragg, of the Green Exercise Research Team at the University of Essex. Rachel is a Director and passionate advocate of Care Farming UK, a charity which exists to support farms as they open their doors, barns and fields to those who can benefit therapeutically from a supervised and structured programme of farming-related activities.
Dr Bragg’s talk prompted much conversation and she happily answered questions over the generous and delicious lunch.
- See New Year Journal for full report