GENERAL MEETING TALK – A Glimpse through the door of No 10
Wednesday October 16th at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
At the GENERAL MEETING there will be a talk entitled “A Glimpse through the door of No 10″ by Christine Ames which is a lighthearted look behind the door where she recalls the time spent working there.
Christine worked at ‘No 10’ on the permanent staff from 1967 -1973 during Harold Wilson and Ted Heath’s terms of office.
When she started in 1967 she was the youngest member of staff.
Christine worked directly for Sir John Hewitt, KCVO who was the Prime Minister’s Secretary for Appointments.
This role incorporated Appointments to the Crown Livings which also included the Archbishoprics and Bishoprics as well as many other senior appointments made by the Crown on the advice of the Prime Minister of the day.
They were certainly very interesting times.
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Christine married her former husband, an officer in the Grenadier Guards, who transferred to the Army Air Corps flying helicopters.
They were posted to West Berlin where they lived beside the wall at RAF Gatow.
During their time there they witnessed at first hand a very exciting escape by two East Germans who flew from the East and landed on their airstrip one Sunday lunchtime.
They were also able to cross through Checkpoint Charlie to visit East Berlin for dinner, so there are a few tales to tell!