Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GETTING TOGETHER -

HYDE HEATH Jayne Faver­sham, Pres­i­dent, wished ev­ery­one a very Happy New Year.

At the start of the meet­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion of a gi­ant cheque for £725 was made to Chris Leach, from the Thames Val­ley and Chiltern Air Am­bu­lance Trust, who was most ap­pre­cia­tive.

He up­dated mem­bers on progress with the Air Am­bu­lance ser­vice, which cov­ers Berk­shire, Ox­ford­shire and Buck­ing­hamshire.

A new he­li­copter with night vi­sion fa­cil­i­ties is com­ing into ser­vice which will op­er­ate from 8am through to 3am. The crew will all have night vi­sion gog­gles, which cost £18,000 each.

There will be two trained trauma doc­tors shar­ing shifts on board which will en­able im­me­di­ate road­side treat­ment to take place and, there­fore, save many more lives.

Our speaker for the evening, Sue Ben­well, was in­tro­duced and gave a talk on The Life of Sir Nor­man Wis­dom, which was the ti­tle of a book which she and his per­sonal as­sis­tant, Ann Axe, wrote to­gether after Sue met him when he was about 80 years old.

De­spite Nor­man Wis­dom be­ing such an amus­ing comic and ac­tor, we were shocked to hear that he had the most trau­matic child­hood and teenage life. He was born in Maryle­bone on Fe­bru­ary 4, 1915.

His fa­ther treated Nor­man and his older brother ex­tremely badly and was very vi­o­lent to­wards them all.

When he was nine years old, his mother left the fam­ily home and the brothers had to fend for them­selves as the fa­ther was away for weeks at a time.

After about two years, the boys were fos­tered but were very wild in their be­hav­iour so were sep­a­rated and even­tu­ally both set­tled with good fam­i­lies.

After a se­ries of ad­ven­tures, mishaps and many dif­fer­ent jobs, in­clud­ing join­ing an army band, where he was taught to play var­i­ous mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, after the war he first went onto the stage at Collins Mu­sic Hall on De­cem­ber 17, 1945 and found his niche in life.

After a de­li­cious tea, the meet­ing con­tin­ued. The Christ­mas party was a great suc­cess with a de­li­cious meal sup­plied by the Com­mit­tee and desserts by mem­bers.

Vot­ing took place on the seven Res­o­lu­tions that will be se­lected for the NFWI Cen­te­nary An­nual Meet­ing on June 4 at the Royal Al­bert Hall, when a del­e­gate from Hyde Heath will at­tend.

A card had been re­ceived from Au­drey Begg’s fam­ily thank­ing the Group for their do­na­tion in her mem­ory to the Royal Brompton Pae­di­atric Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis fund.

Next month’s meet­ing will be at 8pm on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 12 when San­drine An­te­rion will give a demon­stra­tion and talk on Belly Danc­ing. The com­pe­ti­tion will be ‘A Tas­sel’.

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