Life is getting busy as I fulfil my duties for SAIF.

May 29, 2014   //   No Comments

On 26th April I attended the Banquet and inauguration of the British Institute of Embalmers (BIE) and was made most welcome by their President Scott Grigsby and wife Denise. Mary and I had an excellent time and it was great to catch up with the other kindred associations.

I attended my first Regional meeting on 30th April. The North East Meeting was held at the Ramside Hall Hotel and was very well by more than 40 members and associates. Those present helped to get my fundraising under way for Crisis, with a good amount raised.

On the 1st May I attended the opening of A B Walker & Son Ltd new offices in Caversham, Reading and it was great to see a family firm going from strength to strength. A B Walker & Son Ltd are nearly 200 years old and were honoured to have The Hon Mrs Bayliss JP, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire carry out the official opening.

In June, I will be competing in The 2014 Crisis Square Mile Run, the race to end homelessness, to help raise money for my chosen charity. The route will take in some fantastic London sights. After starting at Paternoster Square I will run along the Thames, crossing the river at Blackfriars Bridge and passing the Millennium Wheel, the South Bank Centre and the Oxo Tower. As I cross the river again, I run back down the river to Southwark Bridge, where I will cross and pass the Tate Modern, finishing just after crossing the Millennium Bridge. The total distance is 4 miles. That may not seem a lot to some of you who run on a regular basis, but for me it’s quite a challenge.  I’m more used to driving or motorcycling rather that running, in fact if I need to run, I catch the bus!

Should you wish to support me in this challenge, you may donate via BACS.  Please pay direct to SAIF Charity account Sort Code 60 04 024 account number 10224793 and advise Linda at SAIF Business Centre that you have made the payment.


The beekeepers year can be a tricky one.  Last month I had four hives but at my last inspection, one had all but died out. Then as I looked inside another hive, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, a swarm hanging in a tree.  Skep at the ready, one hefty whack on the branch and one swarm captured and placed into my dead hive. Two weeks later and now my two other hives seamed to be in trouble, as there was no eggs or brood (baby bees).  Fortunately, after a quick call to my mentor, things are looking up as she thinks that I’ve got three new virgin Queens, so give it a week or two and the hives should be back to normal.

Just a quick call and things were back into perspective. Who’d have thought, three of my hives would have had new queens!  The same can be said for SAIF members, just a quick call to SAIF Business Centre and someone will have, or know someone who will know, the answer to your problem, but you need to ask the question. The staff at SAIF Business Centre are here to assist and help whenever required.  Never be afraid to ask. Also please take some time to look at the web site. It’s always being updated and has a wealth of knowledge and information.

In the weeks ahead I will again be out on the road with the Regional Meetings at Newmarket, Leicestershire and Leeds and I hope to see many of you there.  The meetings are a good source of information about the new legislation plus products and services that affect our profession.

So until then Bee SAIF.

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