Garden Party at River House

Reporter: Anne Grimshaw

Come into the garden…

Bank Holiday weekends and sunshine do not always go together but they did on Saturday 27 August, the day of the Sudbury Society’s garden party at Andrew Phillips’ house on The Croft. The weather was perfect: not too hot, not cold, not raining and not even enough wind to blow away a paper napkin!


There were over ninety people enjoying the food, drink, company and music from the swing singers Three Chordettes in their delightful matching red and white dresses and 1940s hairstyles. They entertained us with foot-tapping songs as ‘Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me’ (and, for some people, there really was an apple tree to sit under) and ‘The boogie-woogie bugle boy of Company B’.*


It was so lovely to see people in pretty summer dresses, sandals and sun hats and some gentlemen in striped blazers and panamas. What makes it especially nice is that most people know most other people, and if they don’t, now is the chance to chat to new people. (We even had one or two people join SudSoc there and then!)


Scones, cream, jam, cakes, prosecco or soft drinks – there was plenty of choice. Most of it was home-made – there are some very good bakers in SudSoc!


The raffle had a wide variety of prizes – the ‘star’ prize being a wicker picnic hamper complete with cutlery, plates, mugs, thermos flasks, sandwich boxes and cushions.


A big thank you to Andrew Phillips for inviting us to use his garden that backs on to the Water Meadows. Thank you too to the church next door for the loan of tables and chairs.


These events don’t just happen and a lot of thought and hard work goes into the preparation and setting up. So, a huge thanks to Lorna Hoey and committee members (and their husbands) for all their efforts behind the scenes in making this such a success.


* (Unfortunately, some tables had to be placed near the loud speakers simply because of the lie of the land, the trees and the need to allow enough space around each table for chairs and movement. In setting up the event, we spent a frustrating time trying to arrange the tables and chairs so that no one was very near to the speakers but we could not. Simply turning the volume down does not seem to be an option these days… So, apologies to those people who found themselves too close for comfort.)