Kindly hosted once again by David and Pippa Marsh, the success of this annual fund-raising event in aid of Weston Hospice, seemed threatened at first by rain clouds, but a light, initial shower gave way to a progressively brighter afternoon of yummy cream teas, face painting, music, plants and flowers, and draw organised by Derek Davey, who persuaded David Portas to pick out the lucky winning tickets.
Caroline Agar writes: “More than 200 people visited The Old .Rectory Garden Party to enjoy the beautiful gardens and sample a tantalising variety of homemade cakes and traditional cream teas. Many thanks must go to Rodda's for their generous support, to Mr and Mrs Marsh for letting us take over their garden, and to the fabulous Sax in the City whose dulcet tones filled the air. There were a selection of gorgeous plants for sale from Charlie Armour and Middlecombe Nurseries, and many guests and helpers rushed to choose their favourites before they were grabbed by someone else. Guests were able to hide from the occasional gentle shower under gazebos or umbrellas, unwilling to relinquish a much anticipated cake just for a bit of rain. Fortunately the curse of Glastonbury weather did not do its worst. Children emerged from their visit to the face -painters, ensconced in the corner of the garden, with a dazzling display of skilled art work on their faces, before excitedly running round to show off. Huge thanks go to everyone who helped make the occasion such a success. Final figures are not yet in, but we expect to have raised more than £1200 for Weston Hospicecare.”