On 17th May DVP Martin McPherson-Lawley organised a great trip to Burghley House, near Stamford, for his annual regional gathering (Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire).
It started with an enjoyable lunch in the Orangery Restaurant and the group then set off on a tour of the interior. The house was started by Sir William Cecil in 1555, and work continued over a thirty two year period. It contains a magnificent collection of paintings and antiques. The OBs were particularly taken with the giant silver wine cooler made by Philip Rollos in 1710! The huge mythological and religious scenes painted by Antonio Verrio between 1686 and 1697 on a number of walls and ceilings were also quite remarkable.
Sandy Gray, President of the Old Bedfordians Club, thanked Martin for everything he had done as DVP and wished him and Kathryn well with their new enterprise in the Borders. If anybody is interested in taking over as DVP for this region, find out more information about the role here.