This week has been a bit of a “mixed bag”. Gerard and I have been up and down to London, some of which was for pleasurable events, such as GB being invested as the Honorary President of the Wine and Spirit Trust, a post he will proudly hold for the next 3 years and where he follows in the footsteps of such wine industry luminaries as Michael Broadbent MW, Hugh Johnson OBE and Jancis Robinson, OBE MW. The event was a huge directorial success with over 500 people present and almost 200 award winners and Diploma graduates (Including one of our sommeliers Ana Martínez Terol). The out going president Jancis, showed GB how it was done and with her usual charm, diplomacy and charisma, ensured that all those who took to the stage entered and exited without a hitch and in a fast paced fashion. Master of Ceremonies and CEO of the WSET Ian Harris was a truly excellent host and the magnificent setting of London’s Guildhall made for a fantastic venue.
A superb dinner with sublime wines, (thank you so much Lewis!), was enjoyed at Hawksmoor, thank you to Will Beckett and the team for such a delightful evening and all in all the evening was a most enjoyable one…. Then there were less exciting trips dealing with all sorts of legal and administrative details- not quite so much fun admittedly but very necessary. Another most enjoyable London jaunt was for GB to celebrate with fellow Decanter Men and Women of the Year at a sumptuous event where a most enjoyable time was had by all and then for me, back in Hampshire, in my role as an Ambassador for Rose Road, the hotel’s adopted charity, I attended a birthday party, to celebrate the centre’s 10 years in situ in their new premises.
As always I was so inspired by the children and young adults who attend Rose Road. They are all special for a variety of reasons and to share their joy and excitement at the birthday party was inspiring. There was a magic show where they were invited to help the magician with his tricks and to see the pleasure that such simple tasks bought them ensured that we were all touched profoundly by these spontaneous and especially memorable moments. Whenever I visit Rose Road I leave feeling inspired- for some of the people who attend Rose Road their lives will be tragically short and for all of them they have to endure pain, inconvenience and stress that we in our everyday lives cannot even begin to imagine but yet it is such a happy place and the children and young adults are so content, well cared for and cherished that it cannot help but make you reflect, keep a perspective at you own life’s troubles and niggles and simply be inspired by their courage.
Thus Happy Birthday to The Bradbury Centre at Rose Road and three cheers for all those who work within it- you all do an amazing job! https://www.facebook.com/RoseRoadAssociation
Until next week