I felt terribly embarassed yesterday the Catholic Woman of the Year Lunch just went on and on and on, speech after speech, I just had to leave early, I hate doing that. Every event of this type should have those lights that come on when speakers have had their five minutes.
Apart from that, it was as one of my parishioners, another Ann said a great honour to be with such impressive women. The truth is I think I could find another half dozen outstanding catholic women.
Ann Robert our Woman was represented by her daughter Claudette, Abigail Witchalls by her delightful mother-in-law.
Also honoured were:-
Gillian Babcock, Secretary General of the World Union of Catholic Woman's Organisations.
Mabel Henderson, who was nominated by a life prisoner she has visited.
Rachael O'Sullivan, who is doing her GCSE's, went to World Youth day and is heavily involved in parish life.
There was, what I thought was a very interesting speech by Professor Paul Williams, who lectures on Buddhist philosophy at Bristol University, who left Buddhism converting to the Church. Some women around me muttering, rhetorically but sometimes loudly about its relevance to the Catholic Women of the Year, they grew even louder after he spoken for more than ten minutes.
This years charity was the UK Cenacolo Community.
Someone said you can tell how these thing go by the mood of the queue either for the lavatory, or at the Taxi rank, I didn't experience the first, the latter outside the hotel was decidedly ratty, some of which could be put down to the weather.
Another nice thing I met Joanna Bogle, that modern St Joan who so often raises that which is mightier than the sword in defence of the faith. She is really bossing people on her site to write to the BBC.
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