Inspirational Evening A success.
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 favourite Caribbean inspired Café Blue Mountain Yard on Sunday the 10th September. The piped reggae music and ambience of the café created a great mood and atmosphere that reminded us of a Sunday afternoon back home I the Caribbean. The event commenced by the formal introduction of Rev. Rose to the audience by Pauline Garriques our Vice Chairperson.
In response Rev. Rose led us into prayer to thank God for our fortunate position of having a meal whilst remembering those affected by natural disasters in the Caribbean, India, Mexico and the USA. On conclusion of the prayer the guests were served with choice of dishes, Jerk Chicken, Roast Pork, Ackee and Salt fish , Rice and Peas, Green and Coleslaw salads. As we ate we were serenaded by Carlston on his alto saxophone and selected smooth sounds played by Tony Love.

After the meal, Rev. Rose’s oratorical skills transported us to walk with her as she narrated her life’s journey. We were held spell bound throughout. She shared her emotions, her challenges and at times we were vividly reminded of our formative years in the Caribbean. We lived through her early life growing up in Jamaica, her migration to England, the peaks and troughs of her path – from ‘The girl from Montego Bay’, ‘ The Vicar on the Roof ‘ to her present position ‘Chaplain to the Queen and the Speaker of the House of Commons’.
Her journey was certainly inspirational and though marred by unfortunate incidents and highlights she remained committed, showed fortitude, courage and humility. She never forgot her roots and remained steadfast in her service to the spiritual needs of everyone with whom she embraced.
Throughout the afternoon Rev. Rose exuded a calm self-confident demeanour of one who was at peace with herself and happy to embrace any surrounding be it with royalty or the common man. At the end of her talk, Rev. Rose was involved in an interactive question and answer session which was most entertaining and informative.

Chairman Wain McIntosh thanked her and summarised the main points as ‘ not being a victim of your circumstances ‘ and ‘knowing which pain to accept once in leadership’, either individual or organisational pain. All in attendance agreed that the evening was well spent. Rev. Rose left us inspired to make the most of our lives and with an eagerness to attend the next FOTC inspirational Event. Comments received from attendees : Rev. Rose – ‘A hard act to follow’ ‘ Very passionate’ ‘ Enlightening and fun’ ‘ The food was superb ‘ Entertainment fantastic ‘ ‘ Alto Saxophonist was excellent ‘ ‘ Music was perfect’ ‘ Great afternoon great group of people’ ‘ Well done FOTC’

Friends of the Caribbean is a Registered Charity in England and Wales. Reg No. 1142821