Michelle's Message

Michelle's Message

Written By: Michelle Taylor
Edition: March 2020

"A picture is worth a thousand words"

A phrase that emerged from the USA in the early 20th century and one I can agree with, as this month there have been many pictures taken at events, behind the scenes and many more…

The social calendar for Spring has been very busy with networking events, gin launches, and if it wasn't due to Covid-19, we would still be going strong into April with our Annual Awards Dinner and AGM.

The first picture was taken at the Newark Networking lunch, held at Ann Et Vin on Tuesday 11th February, as always very good attendance, abundant conversation, fine wines, tasty platters and new faces to talk to.

Ann from 'Ann Et Vin' joins us in the #Network Selfie

The John Pearce Charity Quiz night was a gallery of pictures with all the teams participating, not to mention the champion winners, Old Nottinghamians’ Society and the Quiz Masters themselves, University of Nottingham School of Law ‘Mount Weazels’.  A brilliant night, huge thanks to the staff at the Southbank Bar for their hospitality and fine buffet .  Everyone certainly had their plates stacked high this year!

It was also another great fund raising event for charity, the nominated charity was Prostate Cancer and we managed to raise a staggering £695 – thank you to all those that supported the event and purchased raffle tickets – you all #madeadifference!

We were then smiling for the camera again for the Nottingham Networking lunch held at The Alchemist.  The networking lunches are proving very popular and each time we see new faces!

Friday 6th March saw the Society participating in the #FaceTheFuture project, part of the Global Photograph Day celebrating women in law and male champions for women in law.  The Society became a photographic studio, with photographer Jay Glenn.  We were very proud to take part in this project, to be counted as one of 8 locations in the UK plus a further 8 locations in the world, including Washington DC, Singapore, Venice, Amsterdam, Paris and Australia…

Here are some great behind the scene shots, even the opportunity to meet little Max!

Red 7 - Squadron Leader Greg Orston & Michelle

It was #ChinChin for Gin on Monday 9th March, still celebrating #WomenInLaw with the launch of a gin from Spitfire Heritage Gin.   A great gin, brimming with botanicals and boasting our logo, each bottle of gin purchased gives a donation to the President’s Charity and this year the nominated charity is Trent Bridge Community Trust.

Then of course there are the Red Arrows!  I relocated to Lincoln in August 2019 and, it’s Lincoln where I marry in August now, as that too has fallen victim to Corona Virus with a venue postponement for May this year!  The Red Arrows fly over our house daily performing the best acrobatic skills in the air. 

In February, I had the chance to meet Red 7, Squadron Leader Greg Ogston and chat with him and other members of the team. That was a nice moment and when you see them in the skies you are incredibly proud that they represent our country.

My final picture is my new work colleague Poppy Taylor!

If anyone can identify what breed is in this designer pooch of mine, that would be useful.  At the a classy age of 12 years old, she has a friendly disposition and is always looking for someone to play ball!

The Nottinghamshire Law Society office is now unmanned, so me and  Poppy are now answering all telephone calls and emails from home.

She's not quite managed tea making or operating the printer yet but, she's certainly great company.

So many pictures this month, all with a story and all with smiles.

We need to cherish the smiles and the moments as we now realise we are living in strange times, each day delivering us more sad news of loved ones lost and social challenges we never thought we would have to adhere to in our lifetime.

All it leaves me to say is stay safe and well, we will beat this but, only if we work together and #stayathome!

Best wishes,