There was a time, when I was a Regional Officer in London, when I attended a fair few Liberal Democrat social events. As the husband of the President, I attended a lot, sometimes more than one in a day.
However, now that I live full time in the country, there are less events to attend. Except that, during the summer, local branches like to hold outdoor events, so last week we were in Little Finborough for a Stowmarket Branch lunch. And no light repast either, with a proper roast lunch, desert and a cheeseboard, at the home of Bosmere's county councillor, Julia Truelove.
And despite the slightly fickle weather, everybody had a great time, although we had to leave before the tortoise hunt (it escaped, and hadn't been found yet), we did win a bottle of wine in the raffle, and I managed to get some Local Party business done.
This week's event was on Saturday in Baylham, a Central Suffolk and North Ipswich barbecue at the home of John and Kay Field. John is the county councillor for Gipping Valley, and throws a mean barbecue. He was a bit luckier with the weather, and there was an opportunity to keep up with the tennis.
Next week was supposed to include a Thedwastre branch event at Rattlesden, but sadly it has been cancelled due to the weather...