Summer Garden Party 2012

GBG smiles through the rain!

On 12th July the GBG held their second annual Garden Party. Held in the wonderful gardens of the Wardrobe Regimental Museum of the Rifles in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close the location could could not have been prettier and the rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of all those attending. Having planned for a typical English summers day the GBG had ensured there was a marquee big enough to accommodate  everyone and on the night everybody stayed dry.

The Mayor of Salisbury, John Collier, welcomed all and in an entertaining address observed that he was pleased the Great Bustard had been returned to the UK after his days of flying RAF jets at low altitude had finished. The thought of a collision with the worlds heaviest flying bird was a troubling one for both him as a pilot and for the GBG!

The GBG Egg and Chick Appeal received a boost during  the auction conducted by Chris Linney. The appeal had aimed to raise a total of £10 000 and at the start of the evening the appeal was at just over £7 500. Bids were taken for lots as varied as a days fishing to a bespoke cake to a wire sculpture of an owl. From unusual garden statues to stunning sculptures, there was something for everyone this year not to mention great little gems such as celebrity signed memorabilia and luxurious jewellery, cushions and toys. Chris did an excellent job of entertaining the guests and extracting “just one more” bid from them. The proceeds combined with a raffle made a splendid £2 150, almost taking the Egg and Chick Appeal to the target.

The auction was followed by a performance by the Great Bustard Morris side. A new team of Morris men and women the ‘Great Bustards’ are led by the irrepressible Andy Barrington and have the Great Bustard themed all over their costume. GBG’s David Waters was invited to join in a dance, complete with bells and other accruements. Vice President and Veterinary Consultant John Chitty also joined in with GBG’s Suzy Smithson, Lenka Panackova, Jan Bradford and Jodi Bridgeman. The Great Bustard Morris dancers are hugely entertaining and do a great job 0f promoting the Great Bustard -  the GBG and the Morris side will be keeping in close contact.

Ruth Manvell had made an exceptional cake, celebrating the Great Bustard, the Queens Jubilee and the Olympic Games which was cut by Paul Goriup (GBG Vice President).

The GBG owes a great deal to all its members and supporters but special thanks must go to those who donated lots for the auction, to Suzy Smithson for promoting and organising the event and to Karen Waters and Ruth Manvell who prepared the food for the evening. The team of waiters and waitresses all did a wonderful job and finally the staff of  the Wardrobe itself deserve thanks for going the extra mile to ensure all went well despite the drenching rain.

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