SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Worle Friendship Club
Wednesday 13th December 2017 has seen SCLT enrichment presenter Ash Jones, accepting an invitation to join the monthly meeting of the Worle Friendship Club at their base in the Lawrence Street Methodist Church in Worle, for a rendition of the highly regarded ‘Uncle Bill: Britain’s Forgotten Hero’ enrichment lecture on life and times of the notable military commander, Sir William Slim. At the regular meetings, the members enjoy the fellowship of the Friendship Club ethos and are entertained by guest speakers on a variety of interesting subjects, as well as enjoying light refreshments and convivial chat about local events.
The presentation explored the remarkable life and times of Field Marshal, Viscount William ‘Bill’ Slim, who rose to fame as commander of the infamous 14th ‘Forgotten’ Army of the South East Asia, Burma, Campaign from humble beginnings in the Bishopston district of nearby Bristol. Slim went on to hold high office as Chief of the Imperial General Staff and as Governor General of Australia and finally as Governor of Windsor Castle before his death in 1970.
At the conclusion of his visit, Ash commented, “I have really enjoyed joining the members of the Worle Friendship Club, who have a really great group, who do so much to overcome the menace of loneliness and isolation, which can be a blight on the lives of many members of the elder community. The audience have been very engaged with the subject and asked many probing questions about this great man, who seems to have slipped from the public consciousness. Tomorrow(Dec 14th), will be the 47th anniversary of the death of Field Marshal, Viscount William Slim KG. GCB. GCMG. GCVO. GBE. DSO. MC, so it is specially fitting that we have gathered here today to rejoice in his achievements in his lifetime and to remember his great acts in the service of his country.”
Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine, which is produced by the Senior Citizen Liaison Team and published regularly online and via a local network of outlets