14 Feb 2013
A couple who met at West Hall, West Byfleet, in 1968 have revisited the site for a special Valentine’s Day treat to see how it has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, award-winning care home.
Former Mouchel employees, David and Jill Thompson, were invited to celebrate their marriage with a three-course meal in the beautiful bistro at the manor house.
David and Jill now live in Ewhurst, Surrey, and have been married for 42 years. They met when they both worked for Mouchel, an infrastructure and business services company in the 60s.
David and Jill didn’t meet in person until after almost a year of speaking over the telephone at work. It wasn’t until David, who was based in the West Midlands at the time, visited West Hall for a job interview that he finally met his wife-to-be in person.
David, 69, went on to become a Director for Mouchel, but never imagined he would marry Jill just three years after their first meeting.
Jill, 66, said: “I was intrigued to meet David as voices can often be deceiving - we never dreamt that we would end up marrying one another.
“West Hall brings back many happy memories for us. Mouchel was a family orientated company – in fact, I not only worked with my dad, but also lots of people I’d known since childhood. I can remember family fun days, black tie events, fancy dress and football matches. It’s lovely to see that the beautiful grounds are still being put to good use by Anchor.”
The lunch was organised by Carl Martin, Wellbeing Manager, after he met the couple at a recent reunion lunch at West Hall. He said: “I’m delighted David and Jill were able to join us for this Valentine’s Day lunch.
“The Valentine’s event is an example of the many person-centred activities we organise here. We want our residents to have fun and to get the most out of life.
“David and Jill’s story is so romantic; to think that they first spoke and met here at West Hall really does make this lunch, a celebration of their commitment and love, that extra bit special.”