Sadly – like many things – we had to postpone our own Salon Culinaire but we very much hope to be able to run the event later in the year.
We have had to adapt to new ways of working, and although our membership is relatively healthy, trying to get everyone together does prove problematic but we tried many different approaches in terms of days, timing and frequency. And so it was that Wessex held its first ever ZOOM meeting on 28 April. Hosted by Stella Gardner, our Branch Secretary, we probably had more Full Members attend than we’ve had in a long time. Has the current crisis given us a solution to a problem? Only time will tell but the Branch has motioned the Treasurer to purchase a ZOOM subscription for the year so that more meetings can be held.
Finally, many of you may remember John Britton, who used to be District Catering Manager for Basingstoke and North Hampshire. He retired ‘a few’ years ago and its my pleasure to meet up with John from time to time.
John still regales about his time in the NHS and has many happy memories. When we last met, just before lockdown, John asked if I could ask if any members remember a Hungarian character from his past called (he thinks) Paul Schwartz, who was also a District Catering Manager. If anyone has any information to help John find Paul, I am happy to act as a conduit and pass it on.
I think that’s everything from Wessex so stay safe, stay well and keep up your amazing work for the NHS.