The Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning took place today at the home of Anne and Jeremy Towler and was a warm and sunny occasion in spite of the weather forecast which suggested a cold and soaking wet day. Guests were not deterred by the meteorologists and came from as far as Arras in the East and Berck in the West.
The Spice Girls clucked, strutted, flapped and preened, and kept their distance down at far end of the garden from the many visitors. Two guard dogs welcomed all, quietly but firmly making arriving visitors aware of their protective presence, surveying the goings-on, but otherwise remaining almost unnoticed in the background. Just for one moment I thought I saw a cat, clearly the strategic master-mind behind the operation, keeping a watching brief on its human and doggy subordinates and directing events with an occasional imperious flick of the tail.
Coffee, cakes and biscuits were in plentiful supply and guests, try as they might, could only make a modest impression on the cornucopia of refreshment. The Tombola, Bring and Buy counter and Book Stall did a roaring trade, as visitors generously dug deep in their pockets to support the good cause. It turned out to be Merelina Ponsonby’s lucky day – she won the tombola prize of 6 bottles of wine.
I was lucky enough to make a number of new acquaintances, including Sara MacVane, the new Anglican minister, and a lady from Arras who had won her own weight in apples the previous day.
At the final reckoning (subject to confirmation by the Cat In Charge) a total of 635 euros and a 5 pound note had been collected on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. It is not known if the Spice Girls donated any eggs.
Many of today’s generous supporters will be attending or helping at the Anglican Church Harvest Fete tomorrow. And, if you can’t be there, or even if you can, you might also be interested in a charity event in November
NEW 2 U
On Tuesday 16th November in the Upper Room
(Diocesan House, Rue d’Amiens, Arras)
From 10.00 to 15.00
A sale of second-life quality clothes/shoes/accessories… Refreshments available…. and of course come for a chat
All proceeds to charity. Contact Kate 03 21 58 57 56