5 July 2002

Golden Jubilee fling in a stunning garden

ESSEX and Suffolk member Nancy Canon and her husband David opened their garden at Watercress Hall near Colchester for a Golden Jubilee afternoon of fun and fundraising. They only retired from 49 years of egg production in March but have certainly not been wasting their new found freedom. The garden was looking stunning, petunias cascaded from tubs and the vegetable garden looked very productive.

So much had been put into making the afternoon a success. Colchester Caledonian Scottish dancers, of whom Nancy is president, entertained us on the lawn and then quite a few visitors enjoyed the chance to learn some simple steps, encouraged by the music and hand clapping.

The Mayor of Colchester, Nigel Chapman toasted Her Majesty the Queen and everyone enjoyed a cream tea. There was an amazing raffle and stalls full of goodies to buy as well as a bowling game in the garden.

Jean Fuller and Sarah Caldwell of the WFU were doing a great trade in strawberry tasting as well as promoting the Jewels of Summer cookery book by Clare Ferguson, which is full of delicious and unusual recipes using British summer fruits.

The afternoon raised £710 to be divided between British Heart Foundation and Essex County Oncology Unit.