31st JULY 2016

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Photos by David King, Brian Ellis and Tony Gray

The day of the summer social dawned warm and dry which was such a relief given the weather we have had at times this year. Members and guests started to arrive at Holme Hale Hall from 12 noon and were able to enjoy a delicious Bellini with fresh peach and mint. Mr Broke, owner of the Hall, gave an interesting short address about the history of the Hall and we were then able to enjoy a truly scrumptious lunch. The food had been prepared by Mrs Broke and the ladies of the village, much from produce in the garden of the Hall, with the profit being given to the local Church. We were then free to enjoy the gardens, designed and recently updated by Arne Maynard. The herbaceous planting was delightful with beautifully planned colour schemes ranging from pastels to the hot colours.  The final treat of the day was tea and sumptuous home made cakes before departing. The whole concept of the day, which was so warm and welcoming to members and guests alike was planned by Sue Allison. She also negotiated all the detail with Mr and Mrs Broke who, in turn, could not have been more generous and helpful. Due to illness, Sue was unable to attend on the day but Pamela Clark was able to direct operations, having helped Sue on the project. In short, a memorable and enjoyable day.

Kathy Gray