I was lucky to be invited to the Not Forgotten Association (NFA) visit to Highgrove on Monday 25th September. Despite the poor weather, we had an enjoyable day and I was pleased to meet Gayna, who was the other representative of the AOW for this treat, (see attached photo).
I was delighted with the range of people from the various services who were given the opportunity by the NFA to attend. The range was in age, occupation and service background. The meal before the tour and tea afterwards gave us great opportunity to talk to people from this range. Only one person did we discover alone and her story was interesting with 27 years service in the Air Force. As you know, the NFA's aim is to provide "entertainment and recreation for the benefit of the serving wounded, injured or sick and for veterans who suffer from a disability or illness".
This was my first event with the NFA, but it certainly was, for me, a special event. My carer on this occasion was my grandaughter who negotiated my wheelchair for part of the two hour tour.
Our introduction was via a video given by Prince Charles which spelled out his aim to make an eco-friendly garden out of the 15 acres of ground surrounding Highgrove House. All pieces of the garden were different and each contributed an aspect of his philosophy and nature-friendly approach. Our guide was a well-established volunteer who was very wise and chose selective pieces of the garden to see. The variety of inspirations behind the thinking of the Prince Charles and his gardening team was evident.
A most unusual and impressive garden tour!
Many thanks to all concerned,
Dorothy Runnicles - Veteran 1943-46 Air Radio Mechanic Fleet Arm