LGVA, along with the rest of the nation celebrated the Queen's Golden Jubilee in style with not one but two events.
The first, on Friday 31st May 2002, was a Gala Charity Dinner held at Shendish. For the Jubilee Picnic on June 3rd click here.
Over 100 attended the dinner with guests of honour Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for Hertfordshire Simon Bowes Lyon & Mrs Bowes Lyon. Other distinguished guests included the Rt. Hon. Paul Boeteng, Chief Secretary to the Treasury & Mrs Janet Boeteng; The Mayor of Dacorum, Cllr Mrs Catherine Appleby; Dame Jocelyn Barrow; the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire & Dr. Ros Taylor. Two charities benefited from this dinner: Plan International UK and The Hospice of St. Francis. It is estimated over £2,000 was raised as a result of the Gala evening and this will be split between the two charities. Giant Cheques for £900+ each were presented by The Lord Lieutenant to Mrs Janet Boeteng on behalf of Plan International UK, and by the Mayor of Dacorum to Dr. Ros Taylor on behalf of the Hospice of St. Francis.
LGVA 's Chairman Barbara Chapman wishes to thank the LGVA working party headed by Colin & Ann Gage for organizing the evening; Linda Haye for acting as Host; Roger Kiesa for the cabaret; Simon Pusey for entertaining us with his piano music; & Maureen Bellett for leading us in the National Anthem; Stephen Austin for designing and producing the invitations & menus, and Sheila Knight in the office for sending out all the letters etc. We would also like to thank the management and catering staff at Shendish Manor for all they did to make the evening such a success, and to thank Shendish, Mercedes-Benz Direct, Cameron House Resort Ownership, Sopwell House Hotel, CML Kitchens Apsley, a local china shop (anon), Audrey Armstrong & an anonymous donor, for their generous sponsorship of the raffle prizes, reception drinks & principle photography. Finally LGVA wishes to thank all those of you who attended the dinner, or sent in a donation, so helping to raise such a superb sum for the two worthy charities.
Below are some of the photographs taken during the evening.
RIGHT from left to right: LGVA Treasurer Colin Gage, Mrs Janet Boeteng, LGVA Chairman Barbara Chapman, Rt. Hon Paul Boeteng, Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Mrs Boeteng was attending as the Plan Internation UK representative. Paul Boeteng was brought up in Hemel Hempstead attending Apsley Grammar School ( now Longdean School).
LEFT: The Mayor of Dacorum Cllr Mrs Catherine Appleby & Mrs Susan Geraghty along with LGVA Treasurer Colin Gage & LGVA Chairman Barbara Chapman.
Left: Host Linda Haye and LGVA Chairman Barbara Chapman welcoming the guests.
Mrs Susan Geraghty & Mr. Paul Acres Chief Constable for Hertfordshire.)
Below: Dr. Ros Taylor being presented with the LGVA cheque for £900+ by The Mayor of Dacorum
Below: The Lord Lieutenant for Hertfordshire, Mr. Simon Bowes Lyon, presents the LGVA cheque for £900+ to Mrs Janet Boeteng on behalf of Plan International UK.
Second Reserve VIP table including Derek & Mrs Townsend, Ann & Colin Gage, Dr.Ros Taylor, Prof & Mrs.Gourney, Martin Chapman, Mrs Beryl Gowan and others.
This table included mostly those from Holy Trinity CHurch including: Mike & Leslie Hawtin, Felicity & Christopher Craigen, Margaret Mayhew, Roger Keisa, Maureen Bellett and others.
Amongst those on this table were Francis Bull, Pat & Keith Goddard & Gill & Richard Smith.
Amongst those on this table were Peter & Mrs Spriggs, Nurse Hazel from Lincoln House Surgery, and Margaret & Peter Cox.
LEFT & RIGHT: Reserved VIP table 1 with ( anticlockwise) Her Majesty's Lord Leutenant of Hertfordshire Mr. Simon Bowes Lyon, The Mayor of Dacorum Cllr Mrs Catherine Appleby, Dame Jocelyn Barrow (speaker), LGVA Chairman Barbara chapman, Lida Haye, Rt. Hon Paul Boeteng, Mrs.Caroline Bowes Lyon, Mrs Acres, Cheif Constable of Hertfordshire Mr. Paul Acres, Mrs Susan Geraghty and Mrs Janet Boeteng.
N.B. ALL ANNOTATIONS BELOW REFUR TO THE PICTURE ON THEIR LEFT OR RIGHT - NOT ABOVE OR BELOW