It rained all week. There was no let up from the rain on Saturday, the day of the garden party. As a result, the event was held indoors in the downstairs hall of the institute, instead of outdoors on the green in front of the church. Before it had officially started at 2.00 pm, a fair number of ‘early birds’ were seen to be checking out the stalls.
The stalls included the bright and colourful plant stall which had a good selection of garden plants including summer bedding plants. The bottle and toiletries tombola stalls attracted a number of players who hoped to win items on their wish lists!
The popular food stalls included the Caribbean food stall which sold savoury fried chicken, salt fish cakes and johnnycakes while the cakes stall sold a range of delicious homemade cakes. The Ice cream stall also did a brisk trade in spite of the wet and rainy weather.
The crafts and jams stall sold handmade items which included greeting cards, scented lavender bags, pillows and mouth-watering jams.
The grand raffle was well supported and the raffle stall displayed the marvellous range of raffle prizes.
After a spot of retail therapy, the kitchen café provided a relaxing place to enjoy a cuppa, cakes and scones.
The garden party successfully raised £1794.