A Fete at Last

After a gap of two years we were able to hold the Annual Hospital fete. It was not without problems tho! For reasons beyond the control of the League of Friends the planned site for the fete had to be changed with just a week’s notice from land within the Cornwall Council Chy Trevail site to Fair Park in Westheath Avenue.

It is with deep gratitude to Bodmin Town Council who made Fair Park available at the last minute, loaned gazebos and were so helpful and supportive in every way.

On the day, Saturday 25th June, when several events were cancelled because of ‘frequent heavy rain and thunder’  forecast, it was decided, with many prayers, to go ahead. And our prayers were answered, despite several drenchings while setting up, from 2pm the sun shone, and only within the last minutes of the fete did the downpours return.

The Bodmin Town Crier, Terry Williams introduced explorer, Robin Hanbury-Tension who opened the fete. Robin described his experience with Covid and the wonders of the Healing Garden at Derriford Hospital, hence, he is currently fundraising to provide a Healing Garden for the Intensive Care unit at Treliske.

The League of Friends have so many people to thank, but especially the people of Bodmin, Bodmin Town Council, Bodmin Rotary Club and Bodmin Lions who put up the gazebos and then dismantled them, Norman Trebilcock of FLEET  who loaned and erected his marquee used for the Tea Tent. Tina Roberts who expertly, as always, compered the fete, providing music and fun for everyone, and her young disabled son, Bobby, who, once again, bought tears to everyone’s eyes as he played World in Union on his keyboard, Adie Dove and her young dancers who gave such a wonderful performance, Lindy Margarch, the Dog Judge, St Minver Silver Band, resplendent in their uniforms, their mellifluous tones drifting across the site, MIND Music Group, the skittles team, the Human Fruit Machine, Splatt the Rat, Hugs Foundation, Fin’s Delights, the Face Painter, all the wards who participated and especially to all the helpers who came to run the League of Friends stalls and without whom we could not put on a fete.  To all the wonderful sponsors who gave cash or vouchers which all went to make a fantastic afternoon, a true community event and, above all, raised valuable funds for the hospital – to provide equipment and services for the staff and patients not provided by the NHS   

Photos provided by Bodmin Camera Club, Adrian Jasper and Brian Crank.

Open Garden for the National Garden Scheme

On Sunday 24th April Bodmin Hospital League of Friends were kindly invited by Tony Ryde to supply teas for his Open Garden for the National Garden Scheme at The Lodge, Fletchers Bridge. Tony’s garden was absolutely beautiful as always and was very much enjoyed by the visitors who also appeared to very much enjoy the lovely selection of cakes and scones made by BHLF members, raising valuable funds to help support staff and patients at Bodmin Hospital. “We are very grateful to Tony Ryde for enabling us to raise funds in such and enjoyable fashion,” said BHLF Chairman, Susie Gore.

Queen’s Green Garden Canopy

BHLF Chairman Susie Gore and Jenna Wheten.

At the end of March our Chairman, Susie Gore, planted an Oak tree at Berryfields Park in Bodmin for the Queen’s Green Canopy, part of a nation wide tree planting campaign to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubillee. Bodmin Town Council very kindly invited Bodmin Hospital  League of Friends to be part of this and pictured here is Susie, with a helping hand from Jenna Wheten of Bodmin Town Council