Great weather and beautiful people made the Annual Garden Party another winning event in our fund raising (and socialising) calendar. Anne and Terry Davis opened their house and gardens again to Banbury CLP members and friends, and the 55 people who turned up, from all corners of Oxfordshire and beyond, had a super afternoon (OK, enough of the superlatives – Ed.)
Fay and Paul Godwin set the tone with their ‘hand-picked’ Adderbury blackcurrants and gooseberries for sale. Steve and Jane Kilsby eventually fanned the BBQ with a copy of The Radio Times to the correct temperature and a variety of food to cater for carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians and other persuasions, was cooked thoroughly and expertly, á point, as some say in Chipping Norton, banishing the usual health concerns over salmonella and equine substitute.
John Christie led the singing segment on big voice, with Sue on violin and torch cigarette, Mike Beal on guitar with bottleneck at times, Claire and John Tanner on vocals . We all joined in with gusto but it was evident that most people have trouble with Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi.
The raffle, which raised £58 and organised by Joyce Aydon reached a thrilling climax when the final prize, a self-assembly, pink and turquoise cardboard cake stand kit, was won by none other than Councillor Andy Beere. It couldn’t have gone to a more appropriate person, although Andy did seem to be suggesting there should be a redraw, and he disappeared.
Thanks to the fund-raising committee: Mary Evans Young, Anne Davis, Aileen Goodman, Ros Jones, Chris Farman and Steve Kilsby. Thanks also to Jane Orton/Henry Goodman on the door, as well as a posse of bar helpers.