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Being Dennis!

Being Dennis!

Although I have been Chairman of Cheltenham Open Door since November and have popped along to deliver donations, visited St Lukes last Christmas Day, collected food at school to drop off and been around on a sunday or midweek when lunch was served I hadnt really...

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Staycation!

Staycation!

Not that we have had a choice really! As we had booked our flights months and months ago before the pandemic because I didnt really want to be around when the schools went back as it would be my first time of not going back after 30 years! But Hey nothing has really...

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What does your chest say?

What does your chest say?

As I was trawling through my white and black T Shirts this morning to decide which one to wear with my jeans I came across a few with messages on....Wildness....ROCK...Never off duty...one of my favourites! Blah Blah Blah! but settled for Don't Stop until you are...

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New additions to Gloucester!

New additions to Gloucester!

I felt really honoured today to visit the new Football Pitch at Hempsted for the Gloucester City Football Team. It looks amazing...top of the range artificial pitch with fantastic seating and stands for The fans that like to stand. It is raised higher to avoid...

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We are relaunching the Julie Kent Foundation Award

We are relaunching the Julie Kent Foundation Award

Well, 3 zoom calls, 2 person to person meetings and lunch out! This retirement lark is quite busy! Up early mainly because I just love the quiet and time to think and plan first thing. A nice leisurely breakfast with a bit of social media....lovely! And then off we...

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Chaotic Day!

Chaotic Day!

Well, my first day of freedom and it didnt really, totally go to plan! Collected my beautiful granddaughter but she is feeling a bit under the weather! Teething! Drop my daughter at work and realise I have forgotten to put earrings in!...catastrophe!!..haha Pop into...

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It’s starting!…Retirement!

It’s starting!…Retirement!

It is very weird….there is so much preparation going on especially this year with all the Covid arrangements…it must be crazy…so much to organise, change and alter. I have to say I am really glad that I am not going back because of so much change but I will miss the routine and the girls.
Anyway, It’s a new chapter for me! At the moment it’s all about being in the Pied Piper Office as we are a fundraiser down! It’s about looking at Cheltenham Open Door to see how we can serve the vulnerable and possibly homeless in Cheltenham and I need some time to be a Nonna!

September 1st 2020…the first day of the next phase in my life! It is exciting and I have so much that I would like to do but it is how to do it all in these crazy times! Events are almost impossible, fundraising is so difficult but we will have a big list of needs no doubt from the hospital, SEND schools and other organisations.
Once redundancies kick in the need will be greater at Chelt Open Door too and the team there will adapt as they do efficiently always in a non judgemental way. It’s been a tough decision about Christmas with so many provisos in place but we will make it memorable for all in need.

And so to JDK…I think I will do a retirement diary! Daily blog! How it all comes into play! How restful it really is! And a log of hopefully exciting things start to happen it on!
More gigs would be good but how can that happen?
We were looking forward to a couple of weeks in Spain but the flights were cancelled!
Bournemouth…here we come!

I am still unpacking! Trying to fit all my jumpers in…yes I’ll be ruthless! Haven’t unpacked two boxes of long boots yet!
Might have to be ruthless! And still have one box of long long dresses…tricky…I have already put two on the “go to the charity shop pile” and then took them off!!

Tomorrow is a new challenge! I am ready! Nonna Day and a few meetings thrown in! And I must collect my post!

Retirement Eve!

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In the Village

In the Village

I am pretty sure Hucclecote wasn't called a village 20 years ago but we are reliably informed that the people that live there now call it The Village and that is good enough for me! I haven't lived in a village before!!! Well, we have been here a week and apart from...

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This is it!

This is it!

It does feel weird but this is our last night in Shelburne House at Dean Close School. We came at the end of term in 2001, dumped our stuff in Fawley House and then went on holiday! We came back and moved into Old Shelburne for one term and then moved into the New...

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Time for masks 😷

It has started! We now have to wear face masks in all shops and it is causing quite a stir! I had to wear the mask through my whole hair appointment a few weeks again because the girl doing my hair was nervous about returning to work and she asked me if I minded...

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