Business Guild Annual Seminar
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A date to diarise is the Annual Seminar on 11th September at The Commissioner's House, Historic Dockyard, Chatham and our grateful thanks go to The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust for providing this venue. The theme for this year's seminar is "Kent in Business 2012 - Growth through Excellence" and it is intended that this should be a review of manufacturing in this Country and in Kent at a time when it is so important for us to grow the economy out of recession.
Last year our keynote speaker was John Penrose, MP and it is our aim, as always, to have speakers of note to lead this event. This year our Seminar will open with Professor Richard Scase, Academic, Entrepreneur, Journalist and Author follwed by Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame Brewary. He will be followed by Tim Byles, Chief Executive of Cornerstone and Mark Lumsden Taylor, Director of Finance and Resources at Hadlow College. We are delighted to have Rory Sutherland to close our Seminar, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy Mather UK. A very full morning finishing with lunch and an optional tour of the Dockyard and presentation by Bill Ferris, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. Contact Lynne Bax on 01634 810074 or email email@example.com to reserve your place.
Whistle down the Wind
On 23rd September 2011 we were pleased to present a viewing in the Nave of Richard Attenborough’s classic film “Whistle Down the Wind” made in 1961 and starring Hayley Mills, Bernard Lee and Alan Bates.
The plot followed the lives of three children who discover a fugitive hiding in their barn. The bearded man, referred to as “Blakey” by the Police, is mistaken for Jesus by the children. The fugitive makes no attempt to correct their mistake, especially when he discovers the eldest child, Kathy, is determined to protect him from discovery by the local Police.
This film showed how the children’s innocent faith contrasts with the pragmatic and suspicious adults in the town. Lots of parallels are to be found, from the stable and the shepherds, to the disciples and “Peter’s denial”.
Acting Dean of Rochester, Canon Phil Hesketh said, “This classic British film from the 1960’s with Alan Bates in his first film is heavy in Christian symbolism. It continues to delight and challenge us in equal measure.”
We were pleased to have a film introduction by local film critic Nick Walker
The Levellers in Rochester Cathedral
The Levellers are a Brighton based folk-punk band and are one of the best around. They are a perfect role model for other bands trying to find their way in today’s music scene having released their own records, bought their own building/studio and started their own sell out festival in the UK, Beautiful Days, which is now approaching its 8th year. We were very pleased to have them play to a full house in the Cathedral in June.
Enigma - A Murder Mystery presented by The Alternate Shadows
A Fund Raising Event with Rochester Cathedral.
"There is a dead man on the Cathedral floor. Did the Captain of the Home Guard think he was a spy? Then there’s the lady from the tea shop. Did she kill him in a jealous rage because he was flirting with the local barmaid? Why was Reverend Pilbright so very distraught? And who was the stranger in the Crypt? This is a tough one for Insp Grimpole."
Be there to see him solve a very enigmatic mystery!
We had a great evening on Friday 1st April 2011 and all net funds raised went to support the Development Fund at Rochester Cathedral.
Fun Quiz Night
We had a great evening in the Crypt on Saturday 5th February when we held our Quiz Night. Over 100 people joined us and we raised over £600 which will go towards the Cathedral's Development projects.
Special thanks to Rob Ryan and Colin Tolhurst for their Question Master skills and technical expertise, along with Andrew Coulson. Our scorers; Angela Watson together with Colin and Sheila Thompson did a fantastic job. They were so quick and kept up fantastically.
The evening was finished off by entertainment from David Sandon and his Barbershop Sextet. Thank you all and most especially to everyone that came along to support us.