The last few weeks have seen me attend a several events on behalf of our Society. The first in my calendar was the Northamptonshire Law Society Annual Awards Dinner on Friday 29th September 2017 at the Northampton Marriott Hotel. Here I met many colleagues for a wonderful evening that was both well organised and well attended. They have ditched the long speech format and moved to a more charitable event with a presentation by a local charity and support given to them in the form of a raffle drawn on the evening in return for donations. Top prize was the donation of a Maserati car for the weekend. Sadly I didn’t win this, but the thought of leaving it parked outside my house on a very narrow Victorian back street with the neighbours curtains twitching made me smile.
Next came the Derby Legal Walk. A small team joined from Eddowes Waldron which got smaller as got too close to the Exeter Arms set off on the 2 hour(ish) walk around the City Centre and out to Pride Park. I tend to walk everywhere these days as it is easier for me to walk to work than drive. We took in the many of the very well known sites including the Cathedral, St Marys Church, the Silk Mill through the River Gardens and out to Pride Park along a nice stretch along the River Derwent. A few of my cheerier clients were pleased to see us and shouted their hellos along the way. Thankfully no one was robbed along the route and we all came back safely with our mobile phones. The walk was very well attended and organised, even the weather was great. For anyone who missed out on it I would hope that they consider joining in next time.
Last Sunday I attended the Cathedral for the High Sherriff of Derbyshire’s Legal Service. High Court Judges, Circuit judges and High Sheriffs in all of their splendour were joined by our District Judges, Jp’s and Chief Constable. Again this was a very well attended service with dignitaries both local and from afar. Her Honour Judge Shant QC read the second lesson, The Parable of the Good Samaritan, a story we all probably know well stating that it is our duty to look after the welfare of all those we encounter, regardless of social status, ethnicity, or religion. This message, as lawyers we understand and strive to live out daily.
We have a busy social diary over the next few weeks where I would love to see more of you attend.
For those of you who have already booked a team into the Quiz on the 15th Of November at the Derby Cricket Club I will look forward to seeing you there. I you haven’t yet entered a team and want to participate then please e-mail Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your team of 4 in.
There will shortly be confirmation of the next Higher Courts Advocates Mess at The Silk Mill Ale and Cider House on Thursday 23rd November from 5.30 onwards. Free sandwiches and chips again hopefully too!
Finally the whole Committee extend our invitation to join us at the Art House on Friar Gate on the 6th December at 5.30 for a Christmas social.