Last Saturday, 18th November, we opened our gates to the communities of Wrexham and beyond, and welcomed over 250 people to see what we do here. We raised just over £1500, which is an incredible achievement.
Santa Ray met some of our students, including Cathy, before directing visitors at the main gates. Refreshments were ably served by Jean, Chris and Sue, with lots of mince pies and brownies to sample.
Inside our education room, a tombola, raffle, craft stall, home-made cake stall and Emma’s cushions drew in the crowds, with over £820 made here alone.
Just outside, there were reindeer, Christmas tree decorations, bird feeders, snowmen, vegetables and 2018 calendars for sale (which are still available at £5 each -just call in to buy one)
Bethan and Sian helped sell reindeer, bird feeders and Xmas decorations.
And in the West Garden, the Johnstown guides helped visitors make Xmas gifts. There was face painting, mulled wine, second hand books, and, of course, our wonderful gardens to enjoy.
Face-painting was expertly done by Helen and friend, and Kate served up mulled wine and spiced apple juice as people browsed the second hand books.
Ian and Norah Lucas called in too, and met 2 guides, Militsa and Sam, who had taken a break for some cake!
This would not happen without all the hard work of our wonderful volunteers, staff and students, who have been preparing for the Fayre all week. On Friday, during the buzz of activity; John Rose, Director, and Gareth Hughes, Development Officer of the Big Lottery visited at the invitation of Ian Lucas. After a discussion with Directors Geoff and Stan, John walked around the gardens and wild-life areas, meeting volunteers and students. Here you can see how warmly James greeted John!
And finally….Emma and Ann gave a talk to the Wrexham Erddig Inner Wheel at Holt Lodge on Monday afternoon. The ladies thanked us for a ‘truly inspirational talk’, and Emma happily sold some of our home-made crafts left over from the Fayre.
Will post more news next week too!