The plant and cake sale, which is in its fourth year, will be held at Bartley Manor for the first time on Saturday 10 May at 10am.
Henry Rosenvinge, who has organised the event since it began, said: “It’s a pleasant parish social event – a chance to meet people and get plenty of plants, flowers and vegetables. We hope that the sun comes out for the event, but rain or shine the plant and cake sale will go ahead.
“There is plenty of space undercover if it rains, the milking shed of the house is now a converted studio.”
Proceeds from the Lyndhurst plant and cake sale will go towards CAFOD’s Connect2:Ethiopia project. Connect2 enables CAFOD supporters to establish a relationship with a partner community in a developing country, supporting them through prayer, fundraising and sharing news.
Our Lady and St Edward, Lyndhurst have recently been paired with a new Connect2 community. Henry spoke to us about their choice to connect with a community in Ethiopia:
“We’ve always supported CAFOD and chose Connect2:Ethiopia because of the similarity between the water irrigation project in Ethiopia and our own rural agriculture in the New Forest.
Organising an annual plant sale seemed an obvious fundraising idea for Henry who is a keen gardener.
“I’m interested in gardening and springtime is beautiful here in the New Forest. It’s been great. We are a tiny parish, now linked with Totton, and the plant and cake sale is a wonderful event. It’s brought the parish together, made people more aware of CAFOD’s work and it’s easier to do fast days because of it. It’s had a very positive effect and it’s extremely rewarding. I like getting nice people to work together. We have the same team from four years ago, plus some new additions.”
Guests can expect a wide range of plants and homemade cakes for sale, tea and coffee and the opportunity to wander around the beautiful Bartley Manor Japanese garden.
The Lyndhurst Plant and Cake sale will take place on Saturday 10 May 10am-12pm at Bartley Manor, Brockishill Road, Bartley, SO40 2LN.
If you’re interested in attending and would like more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01252 329 385.