Once again our annual Federation lunch did not disappoint ! Heading off to the beautiful Wynyard Hall in glorious Spring sunshine, 22 of our ladies had the opportunity for a little retail therapy before sitting down to a sumptuous three-course lunch. We were spoilt for choice with jewellery made from hand-painted silk, chocolates, hand-made cards, stained glass sculptures and hand-sewn goods to name but a few, and we all enjoyed chatting to youngsters from Egglescliffe School who were selling goods to fund a trip to Borneo !
Lunch included a colourful fruit salad starter, roast chicken breast with mushroom and seasonal vegetables and a vanilla cheesecake with Summer berries. Yum !
The highlight of the afternoon was the entertaining speech from former British diplomat and author Jean Harrod. Having joined the Foreign Office at the tender age of 18, Jean went on to travel the world and become one of our first female diplomats to be allowed to continue working after her marriage in the early 1970s. After regaling us with some of her more colourful experiences she explained how she had used these to shape her novels, and we were delighted to hear that her latest instalment, released this week, had already sold out ! All in all a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon – our thanks go to everyone involved in organising such a lovely day !