This Saturday, 4th August, we will be holding the fourth of our coffee mornings in aid of the Bracken Trust. The Trust is the Llandrindod based charity providing support and treatments for people with cancer. It is a brilliant operation that has helped cancer suffers and their families throughout mid Wales, including Maggie and I, when Maggie found that she had breast cancer in 2006.
The three previous coffee mornings have each been, successively, very worthwhile. The money that we have been able to contribute has increased each year, last year’s contribution being over £900. The amazing thing is that that money is produced in just two hours on a Saturday morning which is a first choice for events throughout the region, so the competition is strong!
Our Assembly member, Kirsty Williams has been a very loyal supporter, fitting in a visit to our event prior to going on to the Brecon Show. In the first two years our MP at that time Roger Williams, was also a regular visitor.
The Bracken Trust Social Committee provide the tea and coffee operation along with stalls selling Bric-a-Brac, books, cakes and a raffle, while we will be offering well over 100 jars of home made jam produced from the fruit grown in our garden without the use of chemicals. Raffle prizes are contributed by local businesses and individuals, while we, and other local gardeners, provide a plant stall. There is no entrance fee, but we hope that everyone attending will come with the intention of buying a drink and spending freely in support of this wonderful charity.
Bev Woodman, the brilliant pianist who accompanies, among many others, the Bracken Trust Singers, brings his keyboard, and last year an informal sing song developed around him, led by Pete Jenkins, himself a cancer patient but who has found that singing is a great help in living with cancer.
This year, one of the visitors to the cottage, Claire Britton has provided a Treasure Trail for young visitors. The Trail is based on bees, with twelve clues hidden around the garden, each clue provides a word which can be entered onto an answer sheet which will then help them to find a phrase. The first child to find the correct phrase will win a prize, while everyone entering will get a bee badge from the Queen Bee.
For the first two years we were blessed with excellent weather, so we knew, last year that we were due for rain, which we got for the first hour with a vengeance. As the rain dried up, so the midges appeared, and the urgent priority was to get Citronella candles, joss sticks and “Skin so Soft” moisturiser distributed! Maggie had decided, beforehand, that we must be due a wet day, and so we had borrowed a gazebo from the Trust. The coffee and tea operation is housed in the cottage garage, so they were in the dry, as were the stalls manned by Social Committee members under the Gazeebo, but Maggie and our friend Sue Ingham, who were manning the jam and plant stalls were imitating drowned rats! We are watching the weather forecast this year with great interest, but, so far, it appears that we will have a third sunny event, however, just in case, belt and braces, we have two gazebos ordered!