Our Patron – Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Queen and to the Speaker of the House of Commons, arrived to a full house at Milton Keynes’s favourite Caribbean restaurant “Blue Mountain Yard”, on Sunday, 10th September.  The piped reggae music and ambience of the restaurant created a great mood and atmosphere that reminded us of a Sunday evening back home in the Caribbean.  •

FOTC’s Vice Chair, Pauline Garriques, formally introduced Rev Rose to the audience; who kicked off the evening with a prayer, focusing on those afflicted by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and Florida.  Immediately after, the guests tucked into some delicious Jerk Chicken, Roast Pork, Ackee and Saltfish, with Rice and Peas, salad and coleslaw. “Wow what a delicious meal”.

Rev Rose then took the guests on her life’s journey from “The Girl from Montego Bay” to “Vicar on the Roof “with great emphasis on “not being a victim of our circumstances”.  She shared life moments of her early years, her courage, fortitude and willingness to embrace her lifelong commitment; to serve the spiritual needs of people around her.  People throughout the UK and as far as Africa have felt Rev Rose’s inspiration and warmth. After her memorable talk, our patron engaged in a question and answer session, which was very interactive, entertaining and enjoyable. FOTC’S Chairman, Wain McIntosh, reminded the audience of two main points highlighted by our patron that of; not being a victim of your circumstance and knowing which pain to accept once in leadership, either individual, or organisational pain.

The guests were also entertained by two of FOTC’s members, who added some delightful music to punctuate the afternoon’s agenda: Carlston, wind instrument extraordinaire, serenated the guests as they ate, with live Jazz/saxophone music and Tony Love playing some smooth reggae music that had the guests rocking as they prepared to leave.

All in attendance agreed that it was a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon. ‘Rev. Rose left guests inspired and wanting more, but all good things must end, until next time.

Comments from attendees:  Rev Rose – “a hard act to follow”; was very passionate, enlightening and fun. The food prepared by Caribbean Yard was superb and the entertainment, fantastic.  Great evening, great people and very professional!  Well Done FOTC.