President’s Page (Oct 18)

I can think of no better way to start this note than to congratulate Team Derbyshire for a hard-fought cricket victory on 30 August 2018 in the battle of the A52. It was great to see players from so many firms playing and supporting and I must make a special thanks to David Williams of Wykes O’Donnell & Williams without who this event would probably not happen.

Since the last bulletin I was very lucky to attend the Derby University Graduation Ceremony at Pride Park and what a celebration it was. Thank you to Professor Kathryn Mitchell for the invitation.

As you know, as part of a number of changes this year, we have chosen a President’s charity, the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre and I am delighted to announce that on 29 March 2019, I (bringing up the rear) along with, I hope, a number of others, will embark on a cycle of our great County. Starting in Derby, we will take in Burton on Trent, Ashbourne, Chesterfield, Alfreton and Belper over what will be approximately 86 miles. I am reliably informed by a number of friends who are keen cyclists, that anyone can do this and I for one, hope that they are right. If you are interested in taking part or wish to be involved in any way, please either drop me an email, or give me call. As we did with the cricket, we need you to get involved, and more importantly so do the children who our chosen charity supports.

We are also beginning to plan our annual dinner on 26 April 2019. Whether I can walk by then or not only time will tell. Once again, in a first for the Society we will be not only celebrating getting through another busy year in the local profession, but also celebrating the achievements of our colleagues and friends with a series of awards. The categories are almost chosen and nomination forms will be sent out in due course. Best of luck.