We were delighted to welcome the Wrekin Ladies Luncheon Club on Monday 12th February 2018. The ladies welcomed guest speaker Rebecca Bryant (MBA Hons), Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive for Staffordshire. Rebecca gave the group of ladies an inspiring and insightful talk. The theme for Rebecca’s talk was ‘Why there is a need for a more inclusive & diverse fire and rescue service.”
As part of the talk, Rebecca shared her passion and desire to encourage more women to join the fire service. Since joining herself in 1992, Rebecca has climbed through the ranks and is the first female Chief Officer & Chief Executive. Rebecca explained that she has seen changes in the services. The fire brigade is one of the only services to offer equal pay to men & women; however, there are still more men than women in the services.In 2016, 61 men joined the fire brigade versus just 5 women.
It was also interesting to hear how the fire brigade is now not just about putting out fires. There is a lot more work undertaken into fire prevention. The service works closely with the local area in schools, businesses and with the local services to give fire safety talks & educate the public. They also work closely with charities in the area.
Our chefs created the ladies a delicious lunch served in our beautiful, atmospheric conservatory restaurant. We were delighted to capture a picture afterwards of (left to right): Heather Stownes, Dianne Parry (Chairman of Wrekin Ladies Luncheon Club), Jay Hamer (Food & Beverage Supervisor), Mark Lewis (Director), Rebecca Bryant (MBA Hons, Chief Executive Fire Officer for Staffordshire, and Chief Executive).
Hadley Park House Hotel welcomes many local charities and groups who hold regular meetings at our Shropshire hotel. With a choice of dining rooms, many choose a private dining option, either the Morning Room which seats up to 18 through to the larger Mulliner Suite which can be divided for a more intimate space for up to 35.