Monday, 14 June 2021

Rare snowdrop helps church raise £4,000

MORE than £4,000 was raised by this year’s snowdrop teas festival at St Botolph’s Church in Swyncombe.

MORE than £4,000 was raised by this year’s snowdrop teas festival at St Botolph’s Church in Swyncombe.

John Sennett, one of the organisers, estimates between 800 and 900 cups of tea were sold at the event, which takes place annually over the first three weekends in February.

The second Saturday was so busy that volunteers ran out of cakes. About a dozen people baked through the night so there were more ready for the following afternoon, when volunteers sold £1,240 worth of teas and cake in two hours.

The money raised will be donated to church funds and a proportion will also go to the parochial church council’s chosen charities — the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, the Chiltern Centre for disabled children, Wyfold Riding for the Disabled and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Mr Sennett said: “We are very pleased with how it went, especially considering the first weekend was a washout but people came out in droves on the middle and final weekends.

“It gives all the people who work so hard such a lift, including those from outside the church who kindly give up their time to help us. One visitor told us we have a Queen Olga’s snowdrop, which he said is most unusual.”

Mr Sennett thanked Simon Hill, Peter Green, David Rees and Ed and Sarah Warner for their help, as well as retiring church warden Len Ashby and his wife Margaret.

* A website promoting news and events at St Botolph’s is due to be launched later this month.

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