Forty members of ‘The County Fellowship’ met for their Spring Meeting at Deer Park, Cowley. The Fellowship started their day with morning tea and coffee welcoming fellow members from around the County of Gloucestershire. A brief business session, during which time Joint County Commissioner Karen McFarlane updated members of the activities and events held across all sections of Girlguiding Gloucestershire throughout the past six months. Members were pleased to see in action the ‘Weather Station’ which was on display, having been purchased by Fellowship for Deer Park giving weather information for the area, allowing planning of activities accordingly within the scope of the weather.
The Speaker for the day was Mr Tim Thorn, formerly head of security at De Beers Diamond Company – Talking on ‘The Millennium Star Diamond’, he outlined the history of the finding of the diamond, how it was cut and polished. Its journey to London and value. De Beers decision to display it in the Millennium Dome, the building of the concrete and steel viewing vault in which it was kept. Tim went on to outline to members of the six aborted attempts by robbers to steal the diamond, and the eventual capture and prosecution of the gang. At all times telling members of his part in ‘The Story’.
Members completed their day with a three-course lunch provided by Regal Cuisine of Cheltenham and singing Taps before their farewell.
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