My name is Jennifer Gray, known by my friends as Jenny. I have 3 daughters Caroline, Jacqui and Lizzie. Sadly we lost Caroline when she was 31. She left us a grandson William who is now 30, grandson Nico from Jacqui And granddaughter Grace from Lizzie. Sadly also I lost my dear husband Tony 5 years ago.. He was a round tabler from 1968 and then into 41 club….. I joined Ladies circle in 1968 ….. could tell you I was 15 if I thought you would believe me….. I did chairman, secretary , fund raising chairman and entertainments chairman……. Joined tangent in 1981……… Chairman 3 times and I think secretary 3 times. Great times….happy times Tony was away on business an awful lot and circle and tangent were a great help.
Sadly Walsall is now not affiliated. Circle closed many years ago hence no more new members for tangent….. we just meet , or did do before Covid, once a month for coffee. So 50 happy years of service and continued friendship., hence pleased to join Lichfield tangent and become their chairman in times of need. In 2005 I joined Burton Rotary, and in 2015 become their First Lady President. It’s a great club and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a member.
Nearer home I am a member of Whittington WI.
I look forward to being Chairman of Lichfield with the guidance of a very supportive exec committee and also getting to know the members of 41 club
Our thoughts must go to the people of Ukraine. It is so sad to see them suffering so much at the hands of a complete madman. I’m sure, like me, your heart sinks when you see yet more buildings destroyed and innocent lives lost.
On a happier note, it was great to see so many of us on Tuesday at Prego. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and there was a lovely happy atmosphere. Those of us on the middle table also got a free blowdry whether we wanted it or not but it did cause some amusement. I thought the food was excellent and certainly a lovely selection. It was a pity Jean was unable to make it as Mac has Covid but I understand that the box of cakes that Pearl dropped round cheered him up no end. David enjoyed his cakes too.
It was lovely to be able to officially welcome Honorary Member Pauline as a member of Lichfield Tangent. We were both members of Sutton Coldfield Tangent and I have known her for very many years, she and Barry her husband are very good friends. I have been fortunate to induct three members this year, Jenny, Lyn and Pauline.
Our sympathy and condolences go to Cynthia on the sudden death of John. I have sent a card and flowers from us all to let her know that we are all thinking of her.
Unfortunately the Midlands Regional Lunch was cancelled due to a burst water main resulting in there being no water at the Arboretum. Lichfield Tangles worked very hard to keep the ladies entertained who had travelled long distances to the lunch, some staying the night before. It was very disappointing for them all as I know they had worked extremely hard to make the day a big success. Fortunately the Lunch has been rearranged for Saturday 19th March. If you would like to go but hadn’t booked to go on the original date, there are still spaces available so please contact Sue Jay. I was stranded in Whitstable for several days as the trains were cancelled due to the storms and had to cancel my place, so am pleased that I can go on the 19th.
Our Tangent membership grows but I have to mention the fact that we still need a Chairman to carry on after me. We also need several other posts, particularly a Meetings Officer to carry on after Pearl. The AGM will soon be upon us so please give it plenty of thought as without these posts it will be very difficult to organise future meetings. It might be possible to share some of the posts. The May meeting is being organised by Deirdre. We also need a Speaker Finder and, Entertainments and Bulletin, we are about to renew our subscription to the website and need a Bulletin Secretary to follow Sue who has done a super job in keeping us all informed.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the AGM at the Royal Oak.
We had a lovely meeting at the Royal Oak on Wednesday. The Baby/Child Competition organised superbly by Pearl was great fun and won by Mary. I only guessed three right. It was a great idea and thank you Pearl. The two Jennys had a bit of a tumble during the meeting. I contacted them both and am pleased to tell you that they are fine, in fact they both played tennis the next morning so all is well.
Pearl has been keeping us all very well informed about our new meeting venue. As you know we both went to Whittington Heath Golf Club to meet the Events Organiser Nicky and her husband Phil who is the Chef. We had very positive feedback and both felt that it would be a good venue for us.
It was lovely to see everyone at Chairmen’s Drinks last Sunday and everyone said how much they enjoyed catching up and having a good long awaited get together. Thanks to everyone who helped us set up and clear up at the end.
I was very pleased to hear that St Giles’s Hospice had achieved £69,000 this year from the Christmas Tree collection.
I’m looking forward to my Chairman’s meeting at Prego on 1st March. Pearl has designed a fabulous flyer which will be sent out soon. I’ll be welcoming Pauline Atchison, my honorary member into Tangent. Pauline and I were in Sutton Tangent together and have been friends for a long time so I’m so pleased that she is going to join us. She is currently isolating in readiness for a trip to Dubai with husband Barrie visiting their daughter and family.
April will be bringing us to our AGM, the end of my two years in office. I’ve been so fortunate to have had a great Exec who have all been very supportive. We need a new Chairman and with a good team it’s really not that hard. If we could get a Vice Chairman as well, even better. Everyone in the Club has been very supportive too and as a relatively new member to Lichfield Tangent, it has been an excellent way for me to get to know everyone and I’m fairly certain I know everyone’s name now but please don’t test me! We also have other vacancies on the Exec which you may like to consider. Pearl will be stepping down after many years, think it’s 12 but I could be wrong. A very difficult act to follow as she does the job so superbly but I know she would give the new person lots of help and guidance to do it in their own way. Sue has done a super job as Bulletin Secretary and after many years on Exec is stepping down. Deirdre as Social Secretary has done a lovely job in guiding us back into being together, as in the day time walks we had at Fradley and Barton Marina but is also stepping down and Liz who is Speaker Finder has done a great job, the Dingbats at the Christmas meeting were great fun, she is also stepping down after many years. PLEASE give it lots of thought, I really don’t want to put my Chairman’s collar back in it’s box.
Jennie has asked if you could let her know asap please any changes of address or phone numbers from the last Members List as she will be preparing a new one soon.
See you in March, I hope and in the meantime, stay well. Love and best wishes Pat xx
Hope you’re all well. Since my last report we have met at Darnford Moors for a very enjoyable Speaker meeting. The Speaker, Margaret Bullock, from the National Memorial Arboretum gave us a very informative talk. The venue and lunch were very good and several members were able to walk there, it helped being a lovely bright sunny day. Jenny Gray, as our newest member, lit the candle of friendship.
I attended the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday for the Remembrance Day Service and was very honoured to present a wreath on behalf of Tangent at our memorial, along with the rest of the Round Table family. This was followed by a very enjoyable lunch at the Village Hall in Alrewas organised by Mac Cummings and his team. It was lovely to see Kate Horton and she was looking well, though still undergoing tests to get her medication sorted.
I was invited by Tangles to their Pudding Club evening on 4th November. It was a great< evening and they were really welcoming. The puddings were amazing and I went home feeling very full.
On Thursday I went to Pam Bolton’s house for a Coffee Morning which was well attended< and it was lovely to meet up with them all and enjoy lots of chatter. I was very pleased to meet Peggy Ebery who is quite a character and a great teller of jokes I understand. We are off to Bermuda on Tuesday for 9 days so have been busy arranging all the necessary Covid tests etc. We have to have two more while we’re there! This is a holiday that has been cancelled twice due to Covid so until we’re on the plane and sipping our gin and tonics, I won’t relax.
I’m looking forward to our Christmas lunch meeting on 15th December. How are you getting on with the Dingbats? I did very well at first but have hit a bit of a brick wall. Will have to have another go. There will be 29 of us at the meeting which is an excellent turnout and I’m hoping to induct Lyn Kightley into Tangent.
We will be going to Whitstable for Christmas to meet up with all our family which we are looking forward to.
Sorry but I couldn’t leave without a reminder that we still need a Chairman for next year. Please give it some serious thought or maybe stand for some other office on the Exec as we are all coming to the end of our second year.
We had a lovely lunchtime meeting at the Vicarage last Wednesday. Everyone agreed how nice it was that we were able to get together again. As you know David and I have had Covid. I, of course, was far worse than David! Anyway we got through it, it wasn’t the best but fortunately, due to the double vaccinations, we weren’t too ill and as a bonus, the weather was nice and we were able to sit in the garden. We have had our 3rd vaccinations now so should be fairly bullet-proof. Only time will tell.
I’m looking forward to our next meeting on 2nd November at Darnford Moors. It’ll be interesting to try out a different venue. The speaker, Margaret Bullock is going to talk about the National Memorial Arboretum which I’m really looking forward to hearing about. Please bring friends with you if you’d like to, the more the merrier. We average about 20 ladies to our meetings at present so it would be nice to get a few more. Before we know where we are, it will be Christmas and hopefully it will be better than the last one when when we were locked down at the last minute. It seems from the News recently that we may need to start our Christmas shopping a little earlier this year. Hopefully we will still be able to get our turkeys and pigs in blankets.
In September David and I marshalled at the St Giles’ Hero Walk in Beacon Park. It was a lovely occasion and lots of families wearing Super Hero outfits took part. Hopefully they made lots of money, as I’m sure, like a lot of charities, they desperately need it. I hadn’t realised that Beacon Park was so big, and we were marshalling on the edge of the golf course. I was very taken with the Storm Troopers and a few photos are attached.
We are off to Whitstable, our 2nd home, on Friday and are looking forward to seeing our grandchildren during their half term.
Just to finish, we still need a Chairman next year and now that I’m coming towards the end of my second year as your Chairman, we need to give some serious thought to finding someone to take over next April. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our meeting in November.