THE bank holiday weekend saw two hugely successful and fun-packed events in aid of the Tillington Church fundraising appeal, with organisers ensuring there was plenty of entertainment for the whole community.
First to kick things off was the combined Men and Women’s Open Air Breakfast.
These mornings have been a firm fixture in the Tillington calendar for some time, with the men’s breakfasts running for around six years and the ladies-only club for three years.
However, last weekend marked a momentous occasion as the two joined forces and got together for the first time.
The men usually meet monthly for their breakfasts and ladies meet every two months.
Gerald Gresham-Cooke is one of the driving forces behind events, fundraisers and celebrations in the village.
He was delighted with the activities and pleased with the turnout of people.
Gerald said: “The marquee in the Old Rectory Garden holds space for 40 sitting down and thus was laid up for this number.
“As if by providence, 40 turned up!
“It was a very pleasing day indeed.”
Starting with buck’s fizz, the breakfast attendees were then treated to a choice of 12 dishes, including compote of fruit, kedgeree, kippers, a ‘really scrummy’ full English breakfast with six dishes, and toast and croissants to follow.
Having appeased their appetite, the breakfast ladies and gentlemen then sat back and enjoyed a quiz with an anagram at the end.
Gerald added: “There was much fun in the kitchen preparing it all and a really happy buzz at the tables.”
Donations of more than £250 went to the Tillington Church Fund appeal (TICH).
On Bank Holiday Monday the Old Rectory Garden was transformed into a large traditional garden fete with 29 stalls.
The stalls offered a plethora of culinary delights and entertainments for villagers, including cream teas, produce and baking, traditional games and side shows from a coconut shy to a silent auction, apple bobbing and candy floss, quoits, guess the weight, raffle, a stilt walker and juggler, pony rides and music.
The fete made more than £3,000 for the appeal.
Repair work in the church has already started, with the church closed for two months.
Previous events have included a nostalgic evening with BBC broadcaster Jo Kent and a walk through the Upperton’s gardens.
Organiser Shelley Fergusson said: “It was a magnificent occasion and great fun for all.
“We were lucky to have wonderful weather and the hundreds of people who came all seemed to be having a great time. We cannot promise to put on another one next year but the whole afternoon has encouraged us greatly.”