What an event!
130 members and their guests gathered at local hotel, St Anne’s Manor, to celebrate the first BCA Annual Dinner since 2019.
Guest of honour was Rt. Hon Michael Gove, who said he was delighted to attend the gathering yet disappointed to note that the venue didn’t offer him the opportunity to hit the dance floor and help perfect his dance moves! The bonus, of course, was that he wouldn’t be lampooned in the media afterwards. Michael’s speech, as expected, was wide-ranging, amusing and politically insightful.
He took questions from the floor afterwards. And when asked what masterly life-lesson he could share with the audience replied,
“ always remember that a gin and tonic is three quarters tonic so always ensure the you choose the best tonic available.”
Guests were also delighted to welcome our MP, James Sunderland and members from Reading West, Reading East and Wokingham and Windsor Associations.
Following dinner, BCA Chairman Gerry Barber hosted a raffle and an auction of great prizes donated by local businesses and individuals. Perhaps the star of the show was a signed portrait of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, painted by a local artist.
We’re delighted to announce that over £2,000 was raised to support local Bracknell-based charity Debra UK (www.debra.org.uk) and BCA members gave generously to strengthen campaign funds too.
Our next major event will be our late spring BBQ, but this will preceded by a Conservative Policy Forum meeting on 17 December.
The BCA Lunch club will also hold an event on Friday 4th February 2022.
A exclusive event for Patrons will take place in January.