A LYNCHMERE house’s 100th birthday was partly the excuse and the reason for a cream tea held at Bunchfield in aid of the Friends of St Peter’s Church which raises funds to keep the fabric of the 1000 year old parish church in order.
It was very lucky that other birthday parties for children at the house were celebrated the same weakened with a Bollywood themed party and the marquees were kept on for use for the centenary tea party attended by around 100 people. Home-made scones were liberally spread with jam and cream as tea was brought round to the assembled guests and the local band, ‘Sounds So Familiar’ entertained the guests.
The tea party continued into the evening with a barn dance called by John Martin and together the events raised £1500.
Bunchfield was built by Helen and Ethel Pott who decided they wanted to live in the country rather than London and bought a piece of land with a view. The house was built by Chapman Lowry and Puttick and the ‘Pott Girls’ or ‘the aunts’ moved in and started a chicken farm.
100 years later the fifth generation of the family still live there and the lift installed for an elderly mother still works. The garden has always been used for fundraising events, in the first world war to entertain soldiers, in the second mainly for the Red Cross. The tradition has continued with great fun and great success.