Pimms on the lawn at hospice fundraiser
Ashridge House ‘delighted’ to welcome back popular annual event
A heady mix of Pimms, cream teas, hot barbecue and fresh salad lunches, stalls, live jazz and children’s entertainment will be on offer at the annual Hospice of St Francis Garden Party at Ashridge House on Sunday, May 22 from 1pm to 5pm.
Nearly 2,000 people braved the elements at last year’s event – the biggest community event in the hospice’s fundraising calendar – raising more than £20,000 for the charity, which supports people living with lifelimiting illnesses across Herts and Bucks.
The Garden Party, this year sponsored by Home and Abroad Rentals, is a chance to show support for the hospice and help it raise the £4.8million it needs every year to help fund its free care.
There will be live music from popular jazz quartet the Jolly Jazzers and The D’ukes of Ashridge ukulele band.
Attendees can choose between hot and cold lunches and home-made cream teas and cakes, locally brewed beers from the bar or the ever-popular Pimms stall on the lawn.
This year’s event will include a shopping village, featuring stalls selling speciality food and drink, much locally produced, jewellery, gifts and handmade craft items, home, fashion and garden accessories, children’s clothes and toys, summer bedding, herbaceous plants and more.
For the second year running, classic cruiser motorbikes will also be on display.
There will be plenty to entertain the children too, including the popular circus skills workshop, Punch and Judy, magic shows, a bouncy castle and slide and face painting.
Community fundraiser at the hospice Sarah Ajder 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.”
Director of hospitality at Ashridge House Anna Brown added: “We’re 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.”
Plenty of free parking is available.
Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from the hospice’s main reception in Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted, all of its shops, its furniture showroom, Returned to Glory, in Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted, and its number twenty gift shop in Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted.
Alternatively, they can be purchased on the day for £6 per adult.
For more information visit www.stfrancis.org.uk/ gardenparty or call 01442 869 555. is free for CHILDREN took part in a workshop to learn all about the Holy Trinity.
The pupils of Hawridge and Cholesbury CofE School took part in an afternoon of workshops where they explored the theme of the Trinity, looking at God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The children worked in mixed age groups and there was a ‘wonderful sense of community and family’ with the older children helping out the younger ones.
Each group was involved in two activities around the Trinity.
Some children worked with clay to produce a knot with three loops representing the three parts of the Trinity, another group did mosaic art.
The teachers led some of the activities but others from the local community were also involved such as Annie Lowe, a local artist, Rev David Burgess, Andrew Patterson from Emmanuel Church and the leaders of the school Jesus and Me club.
Anne Jones, from the school said: “The children had a wonderful time exploring this difficult concept of the Trinity through creative and imaginative crafts.
“At the end of the afternoon the whole school community joined together for collective worship led by the Rev David Burgess.
“The children’s singing was particularly enthusiastic.”
Pupils explore the themes of The Trinity