An evening with Sir Max Hastings
Cheshire Branch recently spent a very pleasant evening with our national President, Sir Max Hastings for this year’s Annual general Meeting.
Around 120 members and friends enjoyed a buffet in the delightful setting of the Long Room at Eaton Park, (by kind permission of their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Westminster), followed by an inspiring speech from Sir Max on the future of the countryside. Read a summary of Sir Max's speech in a new window by clicking here.
During the evening, presentations were made to our retiring Branch President, Lady Baker Wilbraham, to thank her for four years of tremendous support for our work, and to retiring Branch Chairman, Richard Bass, who has moved to Surrey after two successful years leading our activities in Cheshire.
We welcomed our new Branch President, Lord Grey of Codnor, who is looking forward to continuing his family’s involvement with CPRE: his father was an active and successful Chairman of our Branch for twenty years. New Branch Chairman, John Turnbull, took the opportunity to meet and chat with members during the evening.
A raffle was held during the evening and raised £440. We are very grateful to the volunteers who sought prizes and to the following Cheshire businesses that generously donated them: John Lewis of Cheadle; Stephen Nash at The Lord Combermere restaurant, Audlem; Adrian Lee at Èze restaurant, Wilmslow; Tim and Elizabeth Richards, Gawsworth Hall; Clonter Opera, Swettenham Heath, Congleton; Anne Holroyd, yoga teacher, Nantwich; Cholmondeley Estate; Tattenhall Dairy Products Ltd; The Hollies Farm Shop, Little Budworth; Ness Botanic Gardens; The Norton Priory Museum Trust; The Boat Museum; and Capesthorne Hall.