Afternoon tea with a twist

Peter Murray

Local children’s charity, The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, was joined by more than 100 ladies for an afternoon of tea, cakes and shopping at Mere Court Hotel recently.  This was the second Annual Vintage Afternoon Tea the charity has held at the venue and they raised almost £6,000 on the day.

The event began with a glass of fizz and some shopping.  A drinks reception was sponsored by Bright & Beautiful in Altrincham.  The ladies were invited to browse the stalls which included jewellery, handbags and even some pampering thanks to Cheadle Holistic Therapies and Roberta Beauty Redefined.  Perfect weddings completed the scene with chair covers and swathes of material to create a breath-taking room for the guests.

CAFT’s Julie Gray hosted the event and vocalist Andy Ellison entertained guests throughout their tea with some smooth swing tunes.

Peter Murray from Pulse of Perfumery in Knutsford gave an inspiring and entertaining talk which enthralled and amused the guests.  Oliver Dunn of Olichocparties also captivated the ladies with his delicious demonstration of truffle making, he also auctioned his services off raising £150 on the spot!

A grand raffle included some fantastic prizes and was drawn by charity patron Suzan Holder.  Prizes included 4 top tickets to see Gary Barlow live, an overnight stay inLondon, several prizes fromMere Courtand a perfume hamper worth £200 from Pulse of Perfumery.

Crème de la Mer at John Lewis in Cheadle donated 20 facial vouchers which were awarded to some lucky ladies on the day and Elizabeth George Cakes of Hale donated an indulgent cupcake for each guest. Clarins at House of Fraser in Altrincham also goodie bags for the ladies as well as prizes for the Grand Raffle.

Oliver Dunn Patron Suzan Holder

Guests were also invited to take part in a special raffle, buying a special presentation box of fine preserves. The prize for was a luxury two-night stay at St Martin’s Lane hotel in London with afternoon tea at the Connaught.  £600 was raised in total from the special raffle alone.

“This was our second Vintage Afternoon Tea event and we’re pleased to say it was a huge success. Everyone worked so hard to make the day run smoothly, and we’re so grateful to all of our fantastic volunteers who gave their time so freely and to our guests for their fabulous support” said Julie Gray “ We’re now looking forward to our Ladies Lunch event at The Mere on June 11.”

The charity relies totally on donations and support in order to raise the £1million it needs to continue their work.   If you would like further information about the Adventure Farm call the fundraising office on 01565 830 053 or visit



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