Monday, 27 July 2015


Over 70 members headed up to North Yorkshire to visit Tennants.

Sue Stothers has written to say this was an excellent visit, most people had lunch in the cafe and Rodney Tennant went round every table speaking to everone.

They went into the hall for the talk where tea, coffee and home made bisuits awaited them.  Rodney talked for about 45 minutes telling them about his background (he comes from farming stock and started in a small way) and went down to London to Christies for an interview, every question he was asked he had to say no (any qualifications) but he was called back and offered the job and started as a porter enad learned his trade. Back to Yorkshire and started up a business and has progress ever since, the culmination is the new premises where at present there is building work going on to make a sensory gardne for sightless people.

The members then enjoyed a presentation about clocks by the resident expert who had worked at Christies but who had moved up North.  Some of the clocks shown and talked about were worth £1000's!

Members were allowed to take photographs during the visit and they went on a tour of the building which is very light and airy, has a stage which can be used for concerts, brass bands and orchestras and they are to start holding weddings shortly.  Their boardroom can be used by anyone who needs it and they can hold corporate meetings and have breakout rooms too.

A delicious afternoon tea was served with sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and chocolate and of course tea & coffee.