Saturday, 16 December 2017

Snowdrop teas raise thousands so far

MORE than £3,000 has already been raised by the Swyncombe snowdrop teas.

MORE than £3,000 has already been raised by the Swyncombe snowdrop teas.

The event, which is now in its 20th year, takes place at St Botolph’s Church over three or four weekends each year.

For this year’s final weekend tomorrow and on Sunday there will be cakes, jams, chutney and tea available at the church from 2pm to 4pm.

Helper John Sennett, of Pyrton Lane, Watlington, said: “Everyone has been thrilled with the reaction from the public who have come from far and wide, from Oxford, Maidenhead and London.

“The first weekend was absolutely horrendous weather-wise but funnily enough we had a larger turnout when it was raining than last Saturday, when it was fairly quiet.

“We are hoping to have a big push this weekend to beat last year’s total of £4,500.”

The snowdrops were officially blessed on the first Saturday by Rev Angie Paterson, associate priest for the Benefice of Icknield.

Money raised from the weekends goes to the church, which dates back to the Normans.

Mr Sennett said it was hoped to build a new toilet at a cost of about £40,000 in the next few years.



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