The weather on Friday last week was soggy, to say the least. The rain was stair-rod straight and unremitting; it certainly didn’t bode well for the following day’s garden party.
I woke on Saturday morning and peeped out of the curtains with a degree of trepidation but thankfully the day dawned overcast but dry.
Morning turned to afternoon and the sun started to shine as the helpers congregated at the home of Jill, the lovely lady who had thrown open her garden to all-comers. The visitors began arriving at least ten minutes before the allotted starting time but no one minded as the team were in place to cater for their every need. By mid-afternoon the tea was flowing and the scones were being consumed with gusto! Generous people were spending freely on the cake stall, consummately organised by Jean and her husband Robert and raffle tickets were being sold in abundance.
I lost count of the number of people who crossed the threshold but it was certainly in excess of fifty and we even had a visit from Richard, the High Sheriff of Cumbria! He is also the Team Rector, so maybe we shouldn’t have been too surprised. However he had already conducted a wedding and attended a village fete that day but he still made time for us.
We were lucky enough to be able to visit the gardens of two other properties in the quiet cul-de-sac in our little corner of Cumbria and people could be seen wandering freely between them, chatting with cups of tea in hand – a truly wonderful community event.
By the end of the day we were all tired but extremely happy to have raised £500, to be split between St Mary and St Michael’s Church Egremont and The Motor Neurone Association.
I am in the last few weeks of my time here but again I have another treasured memory to take back to Sussex in September.