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Refreshments for Winchelsea’s Secret Gardens Open Day, Winchelsea New Hall

Saturday 20th April 2024 12:00 – 16:00

We’re delighted that we’ve been invited to run the refreshments at Winchelsea’s Secret Gardens open day, to raise funds for The Friends of Conquest Hospital. The open day, which is part of the National Open Gardens Scheme, is being held on Saturday 20th April from 12:00 until 16:00. We’ll be based at Winchelsea New Hall, selling tea and baked goods. We’ll also have a tombola and plant stall there. There will be five gardens open to the public in Winchelsea for a total fee of £5 (entry fees will go to the National Open Garden Scheme). Pop along and see us there!

Fresh Visions Knitting & Crochet Social Group

Weekly on Thursdays from 2pm – 4pm

Fresh Visions have organised a knitting and crochet social group as part of their Intouch scheme for people age 55+. This group will make items to support the Friends of Conquest Hospital, with their creations either going directly into the wards as required or into our shop to be sold to raise funds. We are very grateful for their support! If you’re interested in getting involved, please do get in touch with Fresh Visions using their contact details on the poster.

Recent Events

Our Spring Craft Fair held in late March was a fantastic event, with some beautiful crafts on offer from talented local crafters. With plenty of donated homemade cakes and savouries on offer, the refreshments were very popular, as was our tombola. This event relies on the wonderful volunteers that bake for us in advance, and help out on the day too. We raised a fantastic £938.68 from the event. Thank you to our stall holders, visitors and volunteers for making it such a wonderful day.

Our Christmas Craft Fair held in late November was a great success, with plenty of shoppers visiting to peruse and purchase from the very talented crafters showcasing their wares. The tombola was as popular as always, and the refreshments did a roaring trade, selling out by the end of the event. A huge thank you to the wonderful ladies of Brede WI, who ran the refreshments on the day and baked many of the goods we had on offer. Thank you also to our additional volunteers, both bakers and on-the-day helpers. Without dedicated volunteers, these events simply couldn’t happen. Thank you also to @drallimindustriesltd for sponsoring this event – we really do appreciate the support! The total raised at this event was a fantastic £871.48.

Egerton Ward’s pub quiz at The Comet pub st leonards on sea in November was a roaring success, raising a fantastic £684.00 towards the re-invigoration of the Egerton and Benson Ward courtyard garden. It was a close-run quiz, with a tie for first place between Dad’s Carers and the Apple Turnovers. Both teams generously donated their winnings to the charity, for which we are very grateful. A huge thank you to The Comet for hosting and providing snacks for our quizzers, to Jules and Raise for being an amazing quiz master and scorer respectively, and to Hustwayte Building Maintenance for sponsoring the event.

Whatlington Singers & Friends kindly held a choral concert at St Peter’s Church in Ashburnham on Saturday 10th June. This event raised a huge £624.16 for The Friends of Conquest Hospital. We are incredibly grateful to the choir for their hard work and commitment in supporting us.

Local choir Friends Unlimited kindly held a concert in aid of The Friends of Conquest Hospital. The event was held on Saturday 13th May, and raised a fantastic £300.00. We are very grateful to the choir for their hard work and commitment in supporting us.

Staff at the Hastings branch of Lloyds Bank kindly held an Easter Prize Draw in aid of the Conquest 21 project to renovate the courtyards of the hospital. They raised a fantastic £700.00 from their efforts, for which we are very grateful indeed.

Our Spring Craft Fair, held at Brede Village Hall in early March 2023 raised a fantastic £1182.87 towards the MacDonald Ward courtyard garden project. A huge thank you to Fiona Hosford, who generously gave her time for harp performances throughout the event. We’re also incredibly grateful to the ladies of Brede WI, who baked and served refreshments throughout the event.

The Carol Singing in Priory Meadow in early December raised £108.71. With many thanks to Lesley van Egmond from Love Vocals and her students for their performances, and Priory Meadow for kindly allowing us to be there.

The Night at the Races held by the team from Egerton Ward in November to raise funds to renovate their Courtyard Garden raised a fantastic £750.00

The Zumbathon held by the grateful family of a patient of Kipling Ward in November raised an incredible £760.00 for the ward.

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