Following our successful virtual walk around the farm in July, the Branch has enjoyed a number of Zoom calls, including a very informative presentation from apetito’s James Varghese on the company’s latest developments; he also spoke about the incredible work being done with local chefs during the lockdown.
Since the last Hospital Caterer, we have seen two stalwarts of the Oxford Branch take the decision to retire. Sue Landon from Kettering General Hospital has been a strong supporter of the Branch through thick and thin. Kettering has held more than its fair share of Branch meetings over the years and it was with heavy hearts that we received her news. Sue’s husband, Tony, has been the Branch Auditor for many years, so we are very grateful to them both.
At our October meeting, we also sent our best wishes to our Branch Chairman and Council Representative, Alan Boughtflower, who has retired from his role within Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Alan has been a strong supporter of the Association over many years. He and I first worked together at the Hammersmith Hospital more than 30 years ago, so his contribution to the NHS been immense.
We wish Sue and Alan all the very best in their respective retirements but now we move towards our AGM in search of a new Chair and Council Representative. These are really important roles for the Association, so we hope that we have a good ‘virtual’ turnout and a few members willing to step up to the plate.