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81st Conference & AGM

Conference Programme: Friday 5th April 2019 

9.45 – 10.00                  Welcome to Conference – National President

Welcome to Peterborough – 

Welcome to BPW LASE – Dianne Couch

10.00 – 11.15     Themed session – Equality – Chair – Elizabeth Jowett 

 Vivienne Hayes, Women’s Resource Centre

Bethan Gill, Grant Thornton -                 

11.45 – 12.30    Gordon Holmes Memorial Lecture – Chair – National President

 Tracy Dowling, CEO CPFT – 

2.00 – 3.15                    Themed session -  Wellbeing – Chair – Christine Nendick - 

 Rosemary Woodland –  Citizens Advice Bureau

                                                Bridgette Hamilton – Park Hypnotherapy Centre -                                              3.45 – 5.00                    

Themed session – Opportunities – Chair – Ann Wiseall - 

  Anne Worthington - Business & IP Centre              

  Joe Watson  -  Growth Hub Peterborough                

 7.30                              Evening meal with guest speaker – Stuart Orme -

                                    (open to members and their guests and/or non-members)              

- Conference speakers

- Opportunities: Anne Worthington       


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 -After dinner speaker : Stuart Orme      


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 -Peterborough Cathedral: Three Strong Women

Katharine of Aragon

The cathedral marks the funeral date with the Katharine of Aragon Festival on the Friday and Saturday nearest the 29 January and a representative of the Spanish embassy is invited to a civic service on the Friday and a Catholic mass is held on the Saturday The people of England had a good deal of sympathy for Katharine. Daughter of King Charles V and Queen Isabella of Spain, the young ‘pomegranate’ princess Katherine had been trained to be a queen. The English public felt supported when she persuaded Henry to be lenient to those who broke the law, visited and helped the poor, donated money to colleges and set up schools for girls. She involved herself with agriculture by bringing new fruits to the country, and industry by bringing lace-making to the Midlands. However, Henry was only interested in getting a male heir, which was the one thing Queen Katharine failed to do, so he ended the marriage and exiled her to Kimboulton Castle, where she died. As a mark of respect, she was given an elaborate funeral on 29 January 1536, involving four bishops and six abbots.

Mary Queen of Scots

Another exiled queen, seen as a threat to the English throne, she was held at nearby Fotheringhay before being beheaded and entombed in the cathedral. Her son, King James Vl of Scotland and l of England then arranged for her body to be transferred to Westminster Abbey where she now lies opposite Elizabeth l, her cousin, who signed the death warrant.

 Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell was taught at home until she was 16 by her father, an anglican vicar, and a governess. When she was 19, as a pupil teacher Edith attended Laurel Court school in the precincts of Peterborough Cathedral run by Miss Margaret Gibson and her partner Miss Annette Van Dissel. Then she was sent away to school, with a view to training her to become the wife of a doctor or clergyman or a governess, all acceptable to her father.

- Peterborough Museum

Is well worth a visit, not only for the history of the area but also for the museum cafe which offers a light bite menu and a warm welcome