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Charity Tea and Punch Party at St Nicholas
Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013
Members of the public will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea party in the gracious surroundings of one of Richmond’s oldest and most prestigious houses to raise money for a local charity. 

The Richmondshire Open Spaces Appeal (ROSA) is hosting an Afternoon Tea and Punch Party at St Nicholas House and Gardens on Saturday 13 July from 2.30pm. As well as refreshments, there will be live jazz and blues music from the J& B Quartet and a raffle. 

If the weather is good, guests will also have the opportunity to have tea on the lawn of St Nicholas’s extensive gardens, which were planted over a century ago by the Hon. Robert ‘Bobbie’ James. The house itself is a grade 2 listed building and the oldest domestic dwelling in Richmond. Although largely dating from the 17th century, it is built on the site of the 12th century Benedictine Hospital of St Nicholas, from which the house draws its name.

Event organiser, Margaret Hodgson, said: “We are looking forward to a wonderful afternoon and are very grateful to Mr and Mrs Schellenberg for opening up their beautuful home once again for our charity. It isn’t often that people have the opportunity to visit this historic landmark, which enjoys a fabulous setting overlooking Easby and the River Swale.” 

All money raised at the event will go towards maintaining the several pieces of land owned by ROSA’s parent charity  – The Richmondshire Landscape Trust. This includes the Westfield – a large area of open access land to the west of Richmond, adjoining the Coast to Coast footpath; open land on Sleegill to the south of the river, facing the Castle; and South Bank – an area south of the river in between the Falls and Mercury Bridge.

To commemorate the charity’s 10th anniversary, local craftsman Ray Hodgson has made a one-off designed, painted metal-framed table with a glass top, which will be sold by silent auction at the event.

Tickets for the Afternoon Tea and Garden Party cost £12.50 each and are only available in advance from Castle Hill Books, West End Store, Richmond Tourist Information Centre or Margaret Hodgson, the event organiser on 01748 829416.

The entrance to St Nicholas is on the right leaving Richmond on the road towards Brompton-on-Swale. Parking will be available.

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