English-Speaking Union 1066 (Hastings) Branch

AT our March meeting, held at the Cooden Beach Golf Club, we had a talk from the chairman of the E-SU, Dame Mary Richardson DBE.

She told us of her career. She trained first as a teacher but then indulged her main interest and became an Army officer for six years. Next she married and raised a family.

Then she became headteacher for a school in a deprived area. She turned it round from a place where no pupils went to college to one where a regular contingent went to Oxbridge.

Now her main work is helping deprived children, often orphans, all over the world particularly through SOS Children’s Villages. She sees that money goes, not to committees who waste it, but to the families or carers themselves.

At Dartmouth House, the E-SU headquarters, Dame Mary, the governors and staff are ensuring that the finances are secure with the aim of making the place self-financing. A full schedule of maintenance is being prepared for this important building.

Our next lunch meeting will be at Fairlight Lodge Hotel on April 10. Details, M.Plumbe@BTInternet.com or 01424 713737.