Louise Walker (nee Choules) studied OND Hotel Management & Catering and HCIMA, 1975-79. Louise writes:
Southwell Lodge: first time living away from home
I have very fond memories of being at college. After two years of OND I got to live in Southwell Lodge – this was very exciting as I had never been away from home, where I had been on a very tight parental leash.
Catering was a great department, favourite lecturers were Martin Jermey, Mr Tubby, Charlie Edwards and Mrs Smith just to list a few!
Memorable work experience
I remember working on a stand at the Norfolk Show, serving at the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Lunch at County Hall and doing a Silver Jubilee Dinner in the training restaurant (pictured top: some of the students working in the restaurant on the night).
I also remember a trip to London, we stayed at the Penta hotel in Gloucester Road and attended Hotelympia. Also, got to listen to the great John Tovey from Miller Howe in the Lake District – he was a fantastic inspirational speaker.
My subsequent career in hospitality
Since leaving City College Norwich I have worked for Stakis Hotels for a while then Mitchell & Butler (Toby Restaurants) and Eagle Taverns up near Glasgow, before ultimately co-owning my own pub group up in the Glasgow area.
I am still busy as ever. I am now semi-retired but I work a part time with a seasonal job at the prestigious private members’ Loch Lomond Golf Club.