A goodly number of Cotebrook residents, family and friends braved the windy but bright weather on 16th June 2018 as they attended the splendid gardens of Nick and Lesley who were happy to play host to a group of approximately 40 people. From their location, immediately opposite Cotebrook Village Hall, attendees were able to enjoy views to the open hillside beyond the garden. It is always a pleasure to get a perspective of the village and surrounding area from a different vantage point.
Nick and Lesley are keen gardeners and so their lawns and sweetly scented flower beds were a fitting place to hold the event enabling participants to enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea and have a chat. The best china cups and saucers were in evidence whilst plates were amply filled with home baked and prepared cake and scones with heaps of sweet jam and cream.Â Attractions included garden games of croquet and giant Jenga whilst a Wallis and Steevens steam engine sizzled gently in the sunshine and was of great interest to all to be able to see this venerable old machine close up and ticking over gently.
Tracy and Jess did a roaring trade on the Tombola stall which ensured that most went home clutching a prize as well as small parcels of excess cake and delights.
It was pleasing to see that a number of children had attended and had taken the opportunity to put down their computers to engage with the adults and play games. Ted, a brown cocker poo, was in his element as he not only chased the children but sat attentively and obediently waiting for a slice of sandwich or cake from anyone who weakened to his imploring gaze.
All too soon the afternoon was over but the ensuing shower did little to dampen spirits as people left having had a great afternoon.
Proceeds of the event were to be shared between the charities Cotebrook Village Hall and St Luke’s Hospice.