In an English coun­try gar­den

It’s the crème de la crème tea of par­ties. Camilla Good­man looks for­ward to a very spe­cial fundrais­ing event

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - LIFE & LEISURE -

AHEADY mix of Pimms, cream teas, hot bar­be­cue and fresh salad lunches, stalls, live jazz and chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment will be on of­fer at a hospice’s an­nual gar­den party.

The Hospice of St Fran­cis’ Gar­den Party will take place in the grounds of Ashridge House on Sun­day, May 31 from 1pm to 5pm.

More than 3,000 peo­ple flocked to last year’s event, rais­ing a record £30,000 for the Berkham­sted char­ity, which sup­ports peo­ple living with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses across Bucks and Herts.

The Gar­den Party, this year spon­sored by Churchill Re­tire­ment Living, ving, is a chance to sup­port port the hospice and help it raise the £4.7 mil­lion it needs ds ev­ery year to help fund its care.

There will be live mu­sic from popular jazz quar­tet, the Jolly Jazzers ers and The D’uke­ses of Ashridge ukulelekulele band. You can n choose be­tween en hot and cold lunches and home­made cream teas eas and cakes,cakes or quench your thirst with lo­cally brewed beers from the bar or the ever-popular Pimms’ stall on the lawn, spon­sored by lo­cal so­lic­i­tors Sum­ner and Ta­bor.

This year’s event will in­clude lots of new stalls, with many lo­cal com­pa­nies and pro­duc­ers of­fer­ing s spe­cial­ity food and drink, gifts and hand­made craft items, jew­ellery and fash­ion a ac­ces­sories as well as items for the home a and gar­den, sum­mer bed bed­ding and herba­ceous plants plants. This year clas­sic cruiser mo­tor­bikes and cars will be on dis­play for the first time.

There will be plenty to en­ter­tain the chil­dren too, in­clud­ing the popular Cir­cus Skills work­shop, Punch and Judy, magic shows, bal­loon mod­el­ling, Beat the Goalie and face paint­ing.

Com­mu­nity fundraiser at the hospice Sarah Ad­jer said: “The Hospice Gar­den Party is a fan­tas­tic af­ter­noon out for all the fam­ily and is our big­gest com­mu­nity event of the year that raises im­por­tant funds as well as aware­ness of our vi­tal work.

“It of­fers the per­fect way to spend a re­lax­ing af­ter­noon wan­der­ing around the stalls and ex­plor­ing the beau­ti­ful gar­dens of Ashridge House be­fore en­joy­ing af­ter­noon tea or a glass of Pimms and soak­ing up the at­mos­phere.”

Mar­ket­ing manager of Ashridge House Dolores Kelly added: “We are de­lighted to wel­come back The Hospice of St Fran­cis for its an­nual Gar­den Party and look for­ward to wel­com­ing lo­cal peo­ple to en­joy the beau­ti­ful gar­dens and park­land of Ashridge.”

Mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive for Churchill Re­tire­ment Living Yvette Christy said: “The hospice is a very im­por­tant part of the com­mu­nity. The Gar­den Party is a fan­tas­tic event and some­thing we were keen to get be­hind and sup­port. We wish the hospice ev­ery suc­cess and hope it raises a sig­nif­i­cant sum to help con­tinue its vi­tal work.”

Plenty of free park­ing will be avail­able.

Ad­vance tick­ets cost £5 and are avail­able from the hospice’s main re­cep­tion in Spring Gar­den Lane, Berkham­sted, all of its high street shops as well as its fur­ni­ture show­room, Re­turned to Glory, in North­bridge Road, Berkham­sted.

Al­ter­na­tively, they can be pur­chased on the day for £6 per adult. Ad­mis­sion is free for 16s and un­der.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. stfran­­den­party or call 01442 869 555.

The H Hospice of St Fran­cis holds its Gar­den Party at Ashridge House on Sun­day, May 31

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