The Remembrance Weekend was held at Howfield Manor, near Canterbury in Kent, on the 8th and 9th of September and was attended by 13 families. A few families arrived on the Friday evening, as they had long journeys to make from Wales, Stafford and Yorkshire and therefore needed a night’s rest before everyone else arrived on Saturday morning.
Coffee was served at the beginning of the day and there was plenty of time for a chat and even a sit outside on the patio in the sunshine. Lunch was served rather later than planned but I don't really think anyone minded too much as we were all too busy catching up! We had a couple of speakers after lunch; Caroline Ford from Holding On, Letting Go, which is a charity set up to help siblings deal with the loss of a brother or sister; and a couple, Drusilla and Rob Pugh from Compassionate Friends, to talk to us about how that charity can help. It was a very relaxed weekend and some of us were playing a few games on the lawn as the sun was setting, including croquet and football, although I noticed all the men with a beer in hand (not sure how they managed that) and we even had a go at rounders! We had a lovely dinner and finished the night off with a game of Trivial Pursuit in the bar area, not sure who won that?
A lovely full English for breakfast and everyone was ready for their journey home, but not before the obligatory 'school' photo in the garden. What a wonderful weekend, being able to talk amongst friends about our wonderful boys and all of our memories over past DFSG holidays and days out. To top it all the sun didn't stop shining down on us! Summed up in three words FAB-U-LOUS.