County Durham Community Foundation’s seventh ‘Women’s Spring Lunch’ at the Radisson BLU in Durham included a jaw-dropping presentation on the developments in Bishop Auckland, including the ‘Kynren – an epic tale’ storyline.

The annual event hosted by Lisa Shaw, presenter of BBC Newcastle who is also an ambassador for the Community Foundation saw business women, groups of friends and other individuals enjoy good food, light-hearted banter, learn more about plans for Bishop Auckland and the important work of the Community Foundation.

Guest speakers included Jane Ruffer, chair of Auckland Castle Trust’s Executive Committee who gave background of her journey and that of her husband Jonathan, in coming back to the North East and their vision for Bishop Auckland. Anne-Isabelle Daulon, CEO of Eleven Arches gave details of the Eleven Arches’ project – Kynren – an epic tale of England, which is already in Rough Guides Top 10 for 2016.

During the presentation, several guests were surprised at the scale of the night time extravaganza and the extent of the plans for the town and the castle.

County Durham Community Foundation has been holding the women’s lunch annually for seven years in order to promote their work and encourage more individuals and businesses to get involved. Barbara Gubbins, CEO of the Community Foundation gave examples of grants made to both community groups and individuals which are wide-ranging and can make a genuine difference to people’s lives.

The event was generously supported by Haines Watts, Taylor Packaging and Handelsbanken.
Barbara Gubbins said “This annual lunch is an opportunity for like-minded women to come together and enjoy each other’s company in aid of a good cause. The presentations by Jane and Anne-Isabelle were quite staggering and have the potential to make a real impact on the County and the wider North East. It’s important for the community to know about these plans so we can all support their vision to become a reality. At the same time, it’s great to be consistently supported by local businesses and individuals in order to develop our work.