Forthcoming Events All our usual events , Mothers Day Posies, the Mendip Fair and Christmas Wreaths are postponed until 2022, due to the Coronavirus. We are very sorry to announce this but will be back next year all being well.
Each year committee members meet up just before Mothering Sunday to make up 150 posies of Spring flowers in small glass bottles. They are delivered to the hospital and handed out by the children who are patients in the hospital to their mothers. Every year we get enormously positive feedback from mothers and the hospital staff.
This year, just as last and all due to Covid, we sadly could not gather to make our traditional Mothers’ Day posies. So we decided to think beyond flowers and to make up small ribbon-tied gift bags containing a mini natural soap and pretty handcream, for each child to give. Two Committee members sourced all the necessary items and then 150 were made up by one person and delivered (after a week of isolation in a sealed box) to the hospital. They were lovely and much appreciated, but we really hope it can be flowers again next year!
The Mendip Christmas Fair is a very successful annual event. All profits raised go to support the Guild of Friends and the Children’s Hospice South-West. The Fair is run by the Mendip Fair Committee. The Guild has been a joint beneficiary of the funds raised for many years and we are enormously appreciative of their support. Some members of the Guild committee are also on the Fair planning committee and we all help out in many ways at this event. There a many wonderful stalls and delicious lunches and teas.
The 2019 Fair was a great success and £8000 was raised for the Guild. We would like to thank all involved in the organisation of this event for their hard work and for the most generous donation we have received, after missing 2020 and 2021, let’s hope we can make 2022 even better!
Our last workshop was run by Esme Hunton and held at the Downs School by kind permission of the Head Teacher. Please check in here or on our Facebook page for the next date.
70th Anniversary Celebrations
In July 2018 we celebrated our 70th anniversary with a summer supper and entertainment by Hatstand Opera company. We were lucky enough to have been donated a marquee in which to hold the event. It was set in a garden overlooking the beautiful North Somerset countryside.
Table Top Sale
We organised a big Tabletop Sale which took place at Redland Green School last year and we were delighted to have 40 truly excellent stalls sign up. The very successful tea and cake stall run by committee members raised £200 on its own!
Willie John McBride and David Duckham, previous rugby international stars, came to talk at our very successful Sportsman’s Dinner held at Bristol Grammar School. 300 people attended and the event raised £20,000.
Literary Bake Off
In the Autumn term, The Downs Preparatory School held a Bake Off Competition and Literature Tea Party in aid of the Guild of Friends. An amazing sum was raised and we would like to thank the school and Olivia Hall, a committee member, very much indeed for their support . Here are some photographs of the children’s cakes.