As the deer gather in Badminton Park on a sunny October morning, the ‘Badminton Team’ were also gathering yesterday at Badminton House to welcome old and new; and to say a fond farewell to Willa Harford.
Willa has been a stalwart member of the Office team for many years. She first started at Badminton over 25 years ago, initially in a part time role and then returned full time in 2008 and has been a most valued member of the team ever since.
A self-confessed ‘back room girl’ – you may not have had the pleasure of meeting her, but if you did you would be charmed by her ever present smile and a wonderful sense of calm – which remained whatever task was thrown her way! As Hugh Thomas, Event Director, commented yesterday “We have been extremely lucky to have you!” A statement which is so true, and we wish Willa a very happy retirement.
We are also pleased to welcome Jo Bastable to the team who has taken on Willa’s role. Jo lives locally; has a corporate background and is very familiar with Badminton, so we are sure she will fit very comfortably into Willa’s shoes and we very much look forward to working with her as we start the countdown to 2018.
Make sure you have the date in your diary – Wednesday 2nd to Sunday 6th May. We are all excited here to be getting ready for 2018 and the enthusiasm that was buzzing in the room yesterday reminds us that ‘Badminton’ really is something rather special.
Keep an eye on the website for revised ticket prices and the latest news which will be going live at the beginning of November.