7 January 2000

Wedding show stoppers

WEDDING wear with a difference is promised by farmers daughter Sarah Goodman when some of her Simply Divine designs are modelled at a Wedding Evening Extravaganza to be held on Wed, Jan 26, in Ashford, Kent. "I intend to have an absolute show-stopper of a dress for the finale," she says.

Until recently Sarah was marketing her own silk fashions from her parents farm on Romney Marsh but numerous enquiries for wedding dresses prompted her to take on a business partner, Tony Butcher and set up a wedding design service called Simply Divine in the European Fashion house in Tenterden and Ashford. All the dresses are made to order and brides-to-be can choose from a rainbow of colours and an infinite variety of beading and embroidery. Prices start from £400 and this includes three fittings.

In addition to the fashion show, the Wedding Evening Extravaganza will include talks and demonstrations on aromatherapy and reflexology, hair styling, nail extensions, nail art and make-up. Tickets cost £2 with proceeds to the Demelza House Childrens Hospice, Thanet. William Peppit of auctioneers Hobbs Parker, sponsors of the events, will draw the raffle which includes a prize champagne dinner for two at a top hotel. The evening starts at 7.30 in the Amos Hall, Romney House, Orbital Park, Ashford. Inquiries (01580-766868).

Verse

Song of the Pterodactyl

Not just a home, a place to live

But my heart and soul and so much more

With air to breath thats not been used

To fill a thousand lungs before.

A place of joy, and too much work,

But time is running out somehow.

Before me generations toiled to

Plough the land and sow the seed,

And tend to sheep and milk the cows

To harvest grain, store winter feed.

Proud people, patient, strong, once free

To live their lives and work their lands.

But were dying now that were controlled

By pale faced men with soft white hands.

J Dacombe

A calf and a half… this Limousin x Belgian Blue heifer won Bwllch and Crickhowell club member Gareth Price the YFC Calf rearing competition at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair. Sisters Sian and Esyllt Evans of the Ceredigion Federation took second place. Gareth Jones of Raglan won a new prime lamb rearing challenge.

Made to measure: The Wedding Evening Extravaganza offers a chance to see more than dresses.