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Posted:  Wednesday 21 February 2018

South East Associates
Great Fosters Annual Lunch

– Wednesday 10th January -

For the second time, 110 Associates assembled for our big event of the year in the Great Fosters Hotel in Egham - one of Henry VIII’s former hunting lodges, a 16th Century, Grade 1 listed building set in 50 acres of gardens.

We dined in the adjacent 14th century Tithe Barn, complete with vaulted oak beams, a minstrel’s gallery, and a huge open roaring fireplace – an unusual and dramatic setting which contributed to the warm and social atmosphere.

We’re all a year older – but here’s some food for thought:

Professor Muir Gray of Oxford University has said that only one fifth of illnesses are due to our genes, four fifths are due to the environment, which is why the improvements in health care, diet and people generally taking more exercise, has increased lifespan so significantly in recent decades.
But what adds more is ‘How we live in it (the environment’ – our intellectual and social activities.

Years may be being added to life, but it’s important to add life to your years!

This is where the Associate Scheme can do its little bit to keep us involved, connected within our group and with what’s going on in the Company; to have fun and keep active, and so keep us going longer!

Our guest was The Boss!  Tom Moody, VP and Managing Director P&G Northern Europe, mixed with many folk, and over coffee gave a status report on the business, which continues to struggle in the difficult retail and economic environment.  However, there are now encouraging signs of growth.

He showed two films demonstrating P&G’s social responsibility.
One was a Pampers initiative - a ‘Thanks to Midwives’ film, twisting the lyrics of the ‘Twelve days of Christmas’ – to show how valued Midwives are.
The second film concerned: ‘Fairy Ocean Plastic’ – a new initiative to sell Fairy Liquid in 100% recycled and ocean recovered plastic!

Tom also commented on the recent proxy contest with Nelson Peltz’s Trian, and thanked retirees for supporting the Company.
P&G has subsequently decided to appoint Mr Peltz to the Board but with clear agreements on factors – e.g. R&D investment - which are not negotiable.

During 2017, the Associates learned about cooking in Newbury, and Southern Germany in Garmisch; the architectural and historical glories of Strawberry Hill House, the Titanic Trail, Bletchley Park and the British Library.
We visited the remarkable houses and gardens of Sezincote - a Moghul palace! - and Snowshill Manor - a house full of collections - in the Cotswolds; cruised the Solent on the SS Shieldhall and viewed the Cowes Fireworks; took an expert guided trip to the D-Day beaches in Normandy, and finished the year to the sounds of Christmas at St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square.

These events can be seen
in a fifteen-minute slideshow on YouTube
by clicking the inon to the right:

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Kevin Williams

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