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SoFA 50th Anniversary celebration

John and Marion

SoFA members celebrated the Association’s 50th Anniversary in April.  The Bliss Hotel, Southport was the venue chosen for the Covid-delayed event originally planned for 2021.  Over 60 members and National Trust guests enjoyed a delightful lunch.  The panoramic views across the gardens, sea and marine lake in the dining area together with bright sunshine added to the warm and friendly atmosphere of the occasion.

Carol and John + magician

During the meal, the diners enjoyed the added experience of ‘table magic’ with the skills of the magician Pete Turner who moved around the tables providing a fascinating display of magic tricks despite the close-up, determined scrutiny of his audience!

SoFA’s vice-chair Edwina Alcock reflected on the development of the group, some significant office holders and activities.  National Trust funding records cover only the last 35 years of the Association’s history but the funding total is in excess of £60,000.

50th Anniversary meal SoFA

To mark SoFA’s 50th Anniversary, the Association made its largest ever single donation to The National Trust as reported in the Southport Champion Newspaper. Edwina, who liaises with Formby National Trust on behalf of SoFA presented a cheque for £5000 to Vicky Blane, the portfolio manager and Paul Semple, the site co-ordinator. The donation will kick start funding for the important restoration work to be done at Wicks Lake on the Trust site.

Chair, Frank Hyland circulated a letter of congratulations and thanks from Hilary McGrady, the National Trust Director General. Eleanor Underhill, Director of Operations and a guest at the luncheon, thanked members for the special donation and the support given to the wider National Trust. 

Jean and Ian 50th Anniversary

A vaccine-driven strategy is now allowing the group to return to a normal programme of activities in 2022.  Members can look forward to organised outings, holidays and talks as we begin the next 50 years of SoFA’s history.

If you are not a member but would like to attend any of our events or are interested in joining our Association, please complete our Contact Form.

Article provided by Frank Hyland.
Photographs by Michael Rofe.

SoFA Christmas Lunch

Christmas Meal 2021

Around 60 members came together at the Bliss Hotel in Southport to enjoy our annual Christmas lunch in early December 2021.  Maggie Moss liaised with the hotel throughout the Covid restrictions and her hard work and organisation delivered a successful traditional end of year event. 

SoFA Christmas Lunch 2021

Members experienced the new restaurant setting which provided, as a backdrop, a panoramic view of the Marine Lake, gardens and the coastline with the sea beyond. 

There was something atmospheric about dining in Covid-secure surroundings while watching the sea react to the wind and rain!

The hotel responded well to our feedback and thanks to Maggie provided an enjoyable menu selection which was well prepared and served.  This popular event was once again a welcome opportunity to meet and exchange news with other members around the table and made a good start to the festive season.

SoFA Christmas Lunch 2021, table setting

If you are not a member, but would like to attend our next Christmas meal, any of our events or interested in joining our Association, please complete our Contact Form.