Last night was the Wirral Cheese and Wine evening.
This time I knew I should be at this one! I pushed the address into my sat nav and set off with time to spare incase I got lost. Unfortunately I didn’t get lost and was ridiculously early. So early in fact that I was the first one there. Thankfully our host didn’t seem to mind and welcomed me with open arms. The good thing about being that early was that I got the best parking space, and on a stormy British summer evening that was a really nice bonus. As we waited for others to arrive I had a lovely chat with our host for the evening. It was nice to have that time to chat and appreciate that she had opened up her home to us.
As people started to arrive the evening got off to a lively start, thus did not change throughout the evening. I tried to speak to as many people as I could, but it proved more difficult that first imagined, due to having a lot to talk about. It was good to see a wide range of ages, experiences and walks of life in one room. The main topic of conversation always came back to local issues and values. I loved taking time to speak to people and learning new things and making new friends.
There was a good spread of cheese on offer and there were a number of different wines to choose from. I was driving so I didn’t partake in any of the wine on offer, but the apple juice was lovely. In hindsight picking a cheese and Wine evening on a diet was probably not the best of ideas, but I wasn’t there for the food as lovely as it was. I did samplee a few small pieces of cheese and now have some firm favourites to enjoy when I am not on my diet any more. There was a large amount of cheese, so there was plenty for everyone to have more than one helping. Once the food rush had died down there was a raffle. With such small numbers the raffle took longer to draw than usual due to the same people winning more than once. It wasn’t compulsory that you only won one prize, but manners prevailed and all the prizes went to different people.
This was my third event as a Liberal Democrat and I can honestly say that each one gets better and better. I don’t mean that in that the events are better than others, I mean that in the fact that everytime I go to one of these events I am always made to feel welcome and I’m never made to feel like the ‘newbie that doesn’t know anything’. For me the Liberal Democrats are the essence of British values. Hard working, all encompassing and friendly to everyone. As quoted by Tim Farron, ‘The Liberal Democrats are a party of people’.