February the 4th 2024
This is the first time that I've written this section since December 2023 and much has happened over the last two months.
Firstly I've taken a much needed break to New Zealand and Australia where I spent time with my old boss at the winery. Sadly Chris, his wife finds herself trapped inside a body that is is very frail and whilst being fed through a tube directly into her stomach and unable to walk or talk is still the same wonderful lady that greeted me each morning for five years with a smile and a kiss. This alone if nothing else has convinced me that my decision to retire now is the right thing to do. I need time to spend with family and friends before it's too late.
The transfer of the shop to the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is now well underway. The legalities are moving ahead, although as anybody who deals with solicitors on a regular basis knows they work at pace somewhere between that of a sloth and a snail. Interviews have been carried out and although some have decided to join me in retirement the majority of staff will continue at the shop in their existing rolls.
The Charitable Foundation will continue to function and is actively seeking new ways of generating fund to continue its work here in the village and to support the scholarships that have been established.
I shall keep everybody informed as the situation progresses.