Posted on 12th November 2019
Over 40 members and friends turned up for the event at Ockenden Manor on Monday this week. It was Remembrance Day and, fittingly, the Coordinator spoke about World War One and the very short life of Wilfred Owen. He then read the famous poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ .The Chair Susan Fleet followed with more poetry ‘In Flanders Field’ and spoke of Vera Lynn and World War Two.
There followed two presentations. The first was by Wendy Agate, who told us about St Peter & St James Hospice. She went through the interesting history of the hospice, before explaining exactly what they do there and how they raise the large sum of money necessary to provide such excellent support for the terminally ill. It certainly made me very proud that this hospice is the favoured charity of the BHBPA. Indeed we have been raising money, albeit in fairly small amounts, for them for many years now.
Next up was Roy Stannard to tell us about Burgess Hill Radio, which has now been on air and accessible on radio for over a year. We heard about the dedication of the volunteers who run the station, the range, the coverage and a general compelling case for supporting local radio, particularly at a time when local newspapers are struggling to survive.
It was pleasing to give some space to two local and very worthwhile organisations, and I thank them for providing such interesting presentations. The networking then began as people took advantage of some bubbly provided by the Hotel. One hour later there were still members there in conversation. The venue is a particularly conducive one for comfortable conversation.
Yet again, an event proves popular and is well attended. I thank you all for your support for events I have organised over the past thirteen years. It has been a real pleasure to serve the BHBPA and I shall miss such occasions. It was good too to hear kind words from so many members on Monday.
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"Since joining BHBPA we have found it to be a dynamic and vibrant members’ organisation, with excellent, regular and informative meetings.
Peter Liddell does a first class job in ensuring that members’ interests are aired and addressed.
""BHBPA is a really well organised and run group, great for networking and benefitting from knowledgeable local speakers with real business insight. Peter brings enthusiasm and humour which helps drive the association forward. I am glad to be part of it.""