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Mike Brace at Garden Party

2017 Volunteers' Party

30 June 2017

On 28th June, Calibre held our annual party, a celebratory buffet lunch held in a marquee on our grounds which provides the opportunity for us to thank our volunteers - both narrators from all around the UK and our office based helpers - as well as staff for everything they have contributed to our service. A cool and wet summer's day didn't dampen our enthusiasm and a lovely time was had by all.

After thanks and a brief summary of our achievements from our Director, Michael Lewington, and our Chair, Andrew Meynell, our guest speaker Mike Brace CBE took to the floor. Mike's own blindness ( a result of a firework incident when he was 10 years old) has not stood in the way of many achievements over his lifetime which have included completing 2 London marathons, skiing in the Paralympics, completing the Devizes to Westminster 24hr endurance canoeing event, social work, chairing Vision 2020 and much more! Mike's talk was both thought provoking and very entertaining. His book, Don't ask me, ask the dog!, will soon be in Calibre's library.

A number of awards were made to volunteers for outstanding contributions to Calibre. These included:-
For Readers
Jill Hetherington and Patricia Knight-Webb were both awarded Centurion certificates for reading 100 books each

For Book Checkers
Priscilla Church, Jim Strafford and Sue Brown achieved Gold Centurion awards for checking over 300 books each.
Janet Hirlihy, Jane Low and Wenna Hills became Calibre Bronze Centurions, having checked over 100 books each.

Caroline Judd was congratulated for volunteering in Calibre's library for 25 years and received a framed congratulatory certificate and small gift, presented by Mike Brace.

Our caterer was Cuisine Excellence. Our marquee was provided by Brian Ladyman and Calibre's gardens and grounds were knocked into shape for the event by Matt the gardener.