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
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. stfrancis.org.uk/gardenparty or call 01442 869 555.
The H Hospice of St Francis holds its Garden Party at Ashridge House on Sunday, May 31