Monday, 26 March 2012
Afternoon tea at Constable Burton.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is coming up shortly and a lot of our villages are planning parties to mark the occasion. This means collecting funds to mark the event and our neighbouring village has decided to do it by offering afternoon teas on alternate Sunday afternoons in the Village Hall.
I went along yesterday with two friends, W and S. We were there almost as soon as it opened and I must say that the Hall looked splendid. Every table had a really beautiful tablecloth - lacy and hand-embroidered - apparently they had been given to the village hall by some kind lady. Each table had a small vase of seasonal flowers - ours was pulmonaria and euphorbia and a tiny sprig of forsythia.
The cups and saucers were china ones and each table had a china teapot, sugar basin and milk jug.
And the cake table had to be seen to be believed. There were plain and sultana scones with cream and home-made jam, victoria sponge cake with cream and jam in the middle, fruit cake and Wensleydale cheese, butterfly cakes, fairy cakes with butter icing, ginger cake, coconut cake.
Everything was home made by the ladies in the village.
The sun shone, some people sat outside on the village green, among the blossom trees and daffodils. The place was full for most of the afternoon and to add to the pleasure there was a huge selection of books to buy for a donation. I resisted the temptation.
My son and his wife decided to come but they had forgotten that British Summer Time had arrived, so they arrived when almost all the cake had gone. They had sandwiches and fruit cake - so all was not lost.
A lovely afternoon in a lovely village and a nice start to the Jubilee Fund too I should imagine.
##As Gill quite rightly pointed out - it is not the Queen's Silver Jubilee - but neither is it her Golden Jubilee - it is in fact her Diamond (60 years) Jubilee. Sorry about the mistake and thanks, Gill, for pointing it out.