The Friends of the Cotswolds at Stowell Park
The Friends of the Cotswolds, a local charity championing the heritage and culture of the Cotswolds, held a drinks reception hosted by Lord and Lady Vestey at Stowell Park, to launch a fundraising appeal to renovate the Old Prison at Northleach.
The Old Prison was bought by the Friends in 2013 and now the building needs of £300,000 renovation work to remain open to the public, of which The Friends have raised £141,000.
Originally built in the 1790s, it served as a petty sessions court room and police station into the 1970s. Since then the Old Prison has been transformed into a café, museum, and important community venue, attracting 40,000 visitors a year.
The Friends of the Cotswolds plan to ensure the site remains viable and sustainable for future generations as a museum and events venue, contributing to the Cotswolds tourist industry, local employment, and once renovated the site will showcase Cotswold food and drink in the new café for local people and visitors.
Stowell Park, the home of Lord and Lady Vestey
Lord Vestey, centre, with Paul Blacker, David Rockley, Karen Morgan, Louise Chandler-mullins, Simon Randall, and Kate Farquhar-thomson, the trustees of the Friends of the Cotswolds
Sixty guests were invited to the drinks reception, held in the ballroom at Stowell Park
Jennie Clegg, Karen Morgan and Lou Tabor
Lord Vestey, with David Rockley and Karen Morgan, trustees of the Friends of the Cotswolds
Jess Hamilton and Jane Dale
Sue Trafford and Lady Vestey
Ann Mackaness and Helen Whitbread
Fiona Blacker and Andy Mcculloch