Mrs Anne Maw, The Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset visited the Conquest Centre at Norton Fitzwarren this week.
During her visit The Lord-Lieutenant was able to see Conquest Centre’s work in action. She chatted to those taking part in activities and talked to the staff, students and volunteers who work incredibly hard to keep the Centre running. Mrs Maw also enjoyed lunch at Conquest’s on-site ‘Beehive Café’
The highlight of the visit was when Mrs Maw, who is a wheelchair user as the result of a riding accident, was treated to a taster Carriage Driving session by Conquest Centre volunteer Mrs Barbara Nadin. Barbara is an incredibly experienced and talented Driving Coach who has previously won the coveted title of Supreme Champion at the Indoor Driving Finals! Thanks to her and other volunteers, Conquest Centre currently offers Carriage Driving sessions twice a week. Barbara commented “Carriage Driving is an excellent activity for people who can no longer ride due to a disability, or those who prefer a non-ridden challenge. It is brilliant for wheelchair users as it enables them to experience a speed and freedom they can’t access in daily life. It was a real pleasure to give The Lord-Lieutenant a taste of this wonderful sport!”
Leaving the Centre following her visit Mrs Maw said “It’s been a milestone coming to Conquest Centre! For the first time in 16 years I’ve had the reins back in my hands! It is the start of a new phase in my life – a new chapter – and I think of all the other people who also benefit from Conquest Centre’s services. I am thrilled to have found you!”