14 July 1995

Super day, just Wight

ISLE of Wight FWC members Mary Lovegrove and Kay Paul were waiting for me to come off the hovercraft at Ryde and whisk me away to the home of contact leader, Mavis Mew, for morning coffee. When I arrived at Cliff Farm other members were waiting to greet us and we had the most delicious strawberries and cream with our coffee.

Mavis and her husband Arthur were having a busy week, as on the Sunday they had entertained 100 people to a strawberry tea after a concert in their barn given by the Newchurch Male Voice Choir. This event had raised £650 for the MRI Scanner Appeal.

The FWC had decided to visit Owl Cottage, Brighstone, home of Mrs Hannah Hutchinson. This delightful octogenarian has the most beautiful cottage garden that is a mass of colour. The front garden path is banked with delphiniums and other traditional cottage garden flowers, with honeysuckle, roses, clematis spilling over each other – just the start of a fascinating garden that has many nooks and crannies filled with colourful, interesting plants that Mrs Hutchinson knows by name.

She opens her garden to the public, sells plants and serves afternoon tea, and gives the proceeds to the Macmillan nurses, the district nurses, the Garden-ers Royal Benevolent Society and the National Trust.

We had a lovely sunny afternoon to enjoy this garden. And I was treated to a scenic drive of the island en route to the hovercraft.

Jean Howells