Posted on 17 October 2014
It was almost an African sun that shone on the day of the Bala Fete and Open Garden Day held at Kemble Mill in aid of the Bala Children's Centre for orphaned children in Kenya. The gloriously sunny day was attended by over 150 people and kicked off with a sponsored walk around the nearby lakes, organised by parents of children at Prior Park Prep School in Cricklade which Bala is twinned with.
Home-made cakes and teas were served on the lawns whilst the BBQ sizzled with locally produced hamburgers and sausages. Various stalls sold everything from home-made jams and fruit, Pimms and African kikoys and beads. A local tennis pro, Jack Gower gave lessons on the court whilst kids had fun throwing sponges at stocks and messing around with footballs or in the river.
Several classic and vintage cars were on display and available for short scenic tours around the lovely local Cotswold lanes. Staff from Thornley Kelham were on hand to chat about the various vehicles and take visitors for a spin in their favourite car.
The day went extremely well with just under £3000 being raised. Huge thanks to all who took part, especially organisers Angela Hughes, Kate Dymoke and Maura and Dorian Ferdinando. A massive thanks also to Graham Hill and John Albury of Thornley Kelham who gave up their afternoon to chauffeur for charity!