Midsummer Music raises much needed funds

The Wind Quartet, Five of Herts, performing in the Church of St Protus and St Hyacinth in Blisland, raising much needed funds for Bodmin Hospital.
Photo: Chris Kennedy

“We were delighted when Tony Ryde contacted us back in May, suggesting a Midsummer Music event to be held on 3rd July in his wonderful gardens at The Lodge, Fletchers Bridge,” said Susie Gore, Chairman of the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends,  “the music was to be provided by the ‘Five of Herts’ Wind Quintet, teas to be provided by us and all proceeds were to go to our charity. Our remit is to work to raise funds for the patients and staff in the hospital, purchasing equipment and services not supplied by the NHS, and this was our first chance at active fundraising for over 18 months due to Covid, so we were especially thrilled at Tony’s offer.”

“That was when it was expected that Covid restrictions were to be lifted in June – but that was not to be, however, undeterred, the musicians agreed to do two performances on the same day to ensure the audience was no more than 30 people outside, following  Covid Guidelines. And that was not to be either, after a week of lovely weather, the forecast for Saturday 3rd July was torrential rain and thunderstorms!

Once again, undeterred,  a  new venue was found by the musicians and BHLF was so grateful to the  Reverend David Seymour and the PCC of the Church of St Protus and St Hyacinth in Blisland for offering the church as an alternative venue  – so it was there that the performance took place with cream teas and cakes served in the interval and what a fulfillingl afternoon it was.”

“I would like to sincerely thank Tony Ryde for organising this wonderful event, the musicians whose music was exquisite, the Church for the use of such a beautiful venue, the team from BHLF for producing such a lovely tea and, last, but by no means least, the wonderful generosity of the thirty odd members of the audience who attended in spite of the last minute change of location and the weather.”

BHLF at the Tour of Britain

Bodmin Hospital League of friends were delighted to be part of the Community Village to mark the first leg of the Tour of Britain finishing in Bodmin on the 5th September.

Bodmin Town Council had laid on celebrations over the whole weekend of 4th and 5th September and there was a wonderful community atmosphere in the town.

On our stall we sold trays of Strawberries and cream, cream very kindly supplied by Roddas and delicious cup cakes very kindly donated by Malcolm Barnecutt Bakery.

It was a lovely weekend and so nice to be out and able to fund raise again.

We would like to thank the staff of Bodmin Town Council for being so helpful throughout the two days.