What an extraordinary month September turned out to be. A new Prime Minister taking office and then the sudden death of Queen Elizabeth II and the Accession Council of King Charles III.

I was transfixed at the TV coverage of all the pomp and ceremony of it. So many different uniforms looking so smart and perfect, centuries of tradition playing out before our eyes.

So many wonderful tributes to the Queen and everything she had done and meant to the people of the UK and the world. She truly touched the world, and the world was a better place for having her in it. Her years of dedication to her role and her people continued right up to inviting her last prime minister to form a government just two days before her death.

What will your enduring memories be of her? Was it that wonderful smile, that glint in her eye, her kindness or her ‘tea with Paddington’? It’s so lovely to read some of the many messages people have shared about meeting her and the difference or impression it made on them.

I expect the Queen had so many stories, many of which she may have been unable to share. It’s great to chat and share our stories, the things we have done, places we have been and people we have met. If you want to come and join us and have a chat, listen to others stories or share your own we would love to see you.

We have also just started a monthly Men’s Munch and are looking for speakers so if you have a story to tell we would love to hear from you.

We would love you to come along to one of our regular sessions at Hope Trust on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. You can find out more about Hope Trust on T: 01394 272592, M: 07845 202 112 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.hopetrust.org.uk or on our Facebook page: The Hope Trust

Tracy Haskins, Charity Manager