Virginia McKenna OBE inspires audience at Highwood Mill

Visitors to a prestigious new retirement development were left truly inspired after hearing Virginia McKenna OBE speak about her fascinating work as an actress and wildlife campaigner.

The audience at Highwood Mill, Horsham, heard Virginia talk about her career in the film industry, and the celebrities she has worked with. Virginia also discussed how she got involved as a wildlife campaigner, and the most recent rescue and release of King, a one-year-old lion cub. She then concluded her talk with a Q & A session and a poetry reading from her book – ‘Tonight the Moon is Red’.

Virginia – who is also the co-founder of the charity Born Free – was the first celebrity speaker in the Highwood Mill series of ‘Audience with’ events, where people can hear first-hand accounts from three national treasures.

The next event, on Tuesday 28 August, will feature author and humanitarian campaigner, Terry Waite CBE, who will talk about some of the incredible moments of his life so far. The former assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs, Terry was kidnapped and held captive for nearly five years in Lebanon.

Concluding the series, television actor, director and writer Christopher Timothy takes centre stage on Monday 10 September. Christopher is best known for his roles as James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small, and Mac McGuire in daytime soap Doctors. Christopher is also currently appearing in Eastenders as Ted Murray.

Rachel Richards, of Highwood Mill, said: “We were honoured to have Virginia McKenna come to Highwood Mill. The audience was totally in awe of Virginia’s work, and everyone left charmed and moved by her accounts.

“We look forward to hearing our remaining national treasures’ talks. We would encourage anyone who would like to attend the free events to book now to avoid disappointment.”

All talks have an arrival time of 10.45am. To secure your place, please email or call 01403 783400.

For more information on Highwood Mill please visit

Picture:  Virginia McKenna OBE during her talk

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