Sherry was invited to hear Aung San Suu Kyi make her address to both houses of parliament in Westminster Hall on Thursday 21st June.

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi had been asked to address both Houses of Parliament, one of the rarest  honours.  Nelson Mandela had done it. So, too, de Gaulle and Obama.  Now this petite lady, who spent many long years under house arrest for daring to resist the despots of Burma, had been given the British Establishment’s top honour.  David Cameron and Edward Miliband together with members of HM cabinet and opposition leaders were there.  Many members from the House of Lords were also in attendance.  Non Parliamentarians had been invited, among them Joanna Lumley, Jo Brand, Annie Lennox and Maureen Lipman.

When she began her speech the great hall fell silent: she has undoubted stage presence.  It was an excellent speech beginning with jokes about the weather, finishing by asking for the UK’s continued help in her country’s stride towards full democracy.

After Aung San Suu Kyi left the hall to a standing ovation, Sherry had a private conversation with her.  Sherry told her the Burma Forces Welfare Association was financing 350 cataract operations on old Burmese soldiers this year.  That her home village of Cuddington had an annual lunch to raise funds to send to the old soldiers as a cash grant.  Aung San Suu Kyi asked Sherry to thank all those who have helped Burma in the past with a special thanks to the people of Cuddington.

The 11th annual Burma Garden Lunch at Tyringham Hall will be on Sunday 14th July 2013, 12.30 for 1.00pm.

The Burma Forces Welfare Association (BFWA) was established by the late Lt Col Ray Scott to raise funds to be distributed among the old Burmese soldiers who fought with the British during World War 2. Lunch includes pre-lunch Pimms, a traditional Burmese curry with wine, followed by Tyringham Dessert, cheese, biscuits and coffee. There will be live entertainment, an auction and a raffle.  For ladies there is the opportunity to buy quality Burmese jewellery.

Tickets are £25: please telephone Sherry on 01844 291 526