Only two days ago, I gave a presentation on ‘My club sandwich career in the Home Office’ to the Woking Seniors Club (https://www.wokingseniors.co.uk/). I couldn’t be more impressed by what a friendly group of guys they are. As soon as I arrived, Martin, the club secretary bought me a pint. Not only that he showed me how to operate the sound system they use, which would save me from having to raise my voice too much. The venue was the private dining room at Sutton Green Golf Club which, you won’t be surprised to hear, is not that far from Woking (http://www.suttongreengc.co.uk/).
I gave my talk after a very tasty meal during which I sat next to the current president of the club, Lewis Orchard. We had a very interesting conversation mainly on orchestral music, during which I discovered that he knows a lot about the life and works of local composer, Ethel Smyth (1858- 1944). I’ve since listened to some of her music which is amazing. Rhythmic and powerful.
So many thanks to Peter Mansell for inviting me, the members for making me feel so welcomed, Lewis for stimulating my interest in Ethel Smyth and all those kind folk who bought a copy of my latest novel, Expulsion.
A great day I shall remember for a long time!