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Focus Magazine

Conference & Pamper weekend a big hit for second time

The Future

I am under ‘family orders’ to stand back and give up the conference, but I have heard whispers that the conference is expected to go on possibly in April 2012, so watch this space. As South Downs, the present venue, is already fully booked for 2012, the conference would have to find a new venue. I am told a few folk are hoping to keep the conference going and make this happen again in 2012. Somehow I think I may be disobeying orders, as I cannot believe I will be able to stand back and not share a tip or two.


Our thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the event such a success. Special thanks to Glenda and Martin and their two ‘apprentice film makers’ Sophie and Aruna Murishwar who were volunteered by Dad to do some filming. Only two speakers did not wish to be filmed. What we have we will share with you once the film is available. But please be patient as this may take some time due to health, namely fibromyalgia. Meanwhile work is going ahead on finalising the DVDs from the 2010 conference with Prof. Choy and other key speakers. We are all still reeling from the 2011 conference and pressure of work but as soon as these are available we will let you know.

A sincere and very big thanks to the following folk in no particular order – Heather Butterick, GL Nene Valley who was OC in the speakers’ room and did a grand job of keeping everyone running on time with the help of her dear husband, Roger; Simon Stuart our techno wizard who looked after the equipment in the speakers’ room for the two days of presentations and the race night; thanks to the Wittering Freemasons – Bill, Brian, Stuart, Peter, and wives Pam and Pauline for organising the race night and tote and to Glenda and Martin who helped out on the tote. A big thanks to Lorely who picked and deliver back to the Station, speakers who came by train; Leanne Daniel GL Horndean who took copious notes of the presentations along with Denise Rhodes. Thanks to Jenny Oaks, Pauline (co GL Chichester), Glenna and Arthur (family) who all did long stints on the front desk dealing with enquiries. A big thanks also to those who worked behind the scenes writing letters, Helen, Corinne and Suzie and my gratitude must go to my family and to my dear friend, Sarah who fished me out of deep water, got me back on dry line and working once again. Without this support we would not be recalling happy moments at the conference.

Thanks also to all the staff at South Downs who did a grand job - kitchen dining room, entertainments and admin – I personally did not receive one complaint. My bed was comfortable, the food was good even though I was often late and the service was excellent -some said better than a 5 star hotel. From the response on Monday morning I think most of you enjoyed the weekend.

Thanks to everyone who came and supported the conference – without you there would have been no fun, laughter and help for each other. Thanks to those fibromites who gave presentations, did workshops, signed their books. To those who gave their time selflessly to make the event happen, my personal thanks. Also our gratitude to the entertainers, speakers, therapists and Tranquility, who all helped to make the weekend a big success.

The contact details of most folks who entertained were printed in the programme. If you need information and no longer have the programme a short email with FIBCON 2011 INFORMATION in the subject will bring whatever details I have, back to you. Email me hereThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">.

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