So. here we are some 35 years later, four
girls leaving school with our dreams and ambitions, becoming women
with a lot of life behind us and still more dreams to be fulfilled.
I left the Convent with respectable O levels and secretarial skills
more refined than was necessary for the workplace, and went to work
for a Japanese Bank in the City, where I was crass enough to look
at the paycheque and not the experience. I soon moved to a Merchant
Bank, which was more fulfilling and enjoyable.
and I were married in 1970 and our first child, Jeremy. was a
'honeymoon baby'. Catherine was bom just
under a year later! Some times it takes a couple of shocks to evaluate
one's position. Francis is a Consultant Engineer in the Motor
so life then, and now, is somewhat demanding — well what
does a trained secretary do? We have worked together in his businesses
since the children were bom.
When the youngsters finally decided what
they wanted to do with their lives and became mobile, we felt we
could expand our own interests. Francis into the property industry,
and me. into whatever took my fancy — Open University, NADFAS.
sewing, crosswords etc.
In 1989 we moved house again, well let's
say we bought a derelict property with prospects. Still the work
is ongoing and I know what the painting of the Forth Bridge is about!
We became involved with our Parish Church in Dorking, giving us
a feeling of "belonging". Somehow, we are now Mass Collectors,
flower arrangers and Parish Lunch providers!
Francis is a long serving Rotarian and I
joined his Inner Wheel Club (a volunteer womens' organisation),
once they moved to evening meetings - babysitter problems were then
resolved. I have been very involved in the movement for some 20
years, becoming Club Secretary, President. District Secretary then
elected Chairman for the Millennium. I am now the District Member
of Council to the Association the Governing Body, a position I very
Our offspring travelled the world and became
our 'boomerang children". Catherine is now gloriously married
and living in Hove and Jeremy has just settled down with his girlfriend
35 years. The years have been filled with many joys and happinesses.
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