Pimms on the lawn at hospice fundraiser

Ashridge House ‘de­lighted’ to wel­come back pop­u­lar an­nual event

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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.

Ad­mis­sion un­der-16s.

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

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