A LITTLE ABOUT ME
Born in 1963, I am the second youngest of four children.
My earliest and fondest memory is when returning home from school, as I neared the family home, I could hear a trumpet playing from my bedroom window.
It was my dad, who I later learned was an accomplished cornet player, plus he was an ex Grenadier Guard, which included being on duty at the queen’s coronation.
My story started by asking Dad “how do you make that sound”. The rest, as they say, is history. I Joined the British Airways Band, with other family members, at an early age and worked my way up to play Eb Soprano cornet.
This gave me the opportunity to travel to many places, which included Oslo, France, Spain, Jersey, Guernsey and the USA. We also made a record, the vinyl type, call “Take Off” which had a picture of the band standing in front of Concorde. I still have fond memories and remember the experience at the recording studios’.
It was through my talent with music and my travels, I have been fortunate enough to meet some truly amazing and influential people. Even today, no matter where I am, or what I am doing, I always seem to attract new friends. I really enjoy meeting people of all ages and from all walks of life, but also listening to their stories. Everyone has a story to tell, whether it’s good or bad. I have been very lucky and often feel privileged for people to share their life’s experiences with me. There are some truly amazing people around us all.
Early on in my career, I joined and worked for British Airways and unfortunately the cornet was put away, “bad move”. In later years I then managed a public house in Sunningdale, called The Nags Head, I thoroughly enjoyed this time, which brought my “people skills” to the surface. It was while running the pub, I organised a charity event to raise money for the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. The support from the community and the generosity and gifts that were donated were amazing. We even had a fire engine visit us for the children to climb over. A total of £2,054.00 was raised in one night.
In the year 2000, I moved to Banbury, in Oxfordshire, where I currently live. I still help with various charities raising funds for organisations like Macmillan Nurses. Every year I help support the Pantomime Project that puts on a show at Christmas for the disabled and dis-advantaged children. I’m yet to dress up as a dame, but I’m sure that is around the corner at some time in the future. I have learnt over the years that a little help can really put a big smile on someone’s face or even help make life a little more bearable in difficult times.
It was a good friend of mine, who happened to be the CEO of F.O.I.C (Fellowship of Independent Celebrants) who approached me and said that I should put my “people skills” to good use and I would be more valuable to people, if I became a celebrant, I went on the course and thoroughly enjoyed it.
With my experience, I hope you will give me opportunity and privilege to capture and celebrate the spirit of your occasion, which will be delivered in a truly professional manner.
I look forward to hearing from you.