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Summer Music in The Walled Garden Midhurst Music Society presented a Celebration of Summer Concert in aid of The Chestnut Tree House, Arundel on Sunday 10 th  June at 6.00 pm. in  the beautiful Walled Garden beside the Cowdray House ruins The concert had a theme of flowers, love songs and the joy of summer. Jan and Mike Howard who have restored The Walled Garden,  known as ‘Midhurst’s hidden  gem’, generously offered to host the event in their Courtyard Room with an opportunity for guests to explore The Walled Garden both before the concert and during the interval. Before the event, Tracy Bowdery community fundraiser said: “We are delighted that Midhurst Music Society has chosen to support The Chestnut Tree House Children’s hospice at their upcoming concert at The Walled Garden. The service we provide costs £3.5 million a year, and we receive less than 7% from the government, so we rely heavily on the wonderful support of our local community.” Jan Howard said: “We are all looking forward to a magical evening here at the garden of music and the best of all things Summer Romance and Roses.” Tickets cost £12.00, and included Pimms and Canapés in the garden during the interval, with all proceeds going to Chestnut Tree House.  We hoped for a wonderful evening and we were not disappointed as the subsequent Press Release explains.
Preparations in the Walled garden
PRESS RELEASE:   Children’s hospice benefits from Midhurst Musical Society’s sell-out concert. Midhurst Musical Society’s Celebration of Summer Concert, hosted by Jan and Mike Howard of the Walled Garden at Cowdray, has raised £1,200 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice at Arundel. The sell out concert, included a pot pourri of summer songs, poetry, two guest musicians and audience participation songs through which Mary Knight, Director of Music, proved to the audience that all can sing! Community Fundraiser Tracy Bowdery, representing Chestnut Tree House, gave a moving introduction to the range of ongoing and bereavement care that is offered to families whose children have life-threatening challenges. The hospice needs £3.6 million pounds every year in order to offer this support: it  receives only 7% through government funding. During the interval the audience were able to enjoy a perfect summer’s evening in the outstandingly beautiful Walled Garden, while enjoying canapés  and Pimms sponsored by Majestic Wines in Haslemere. Thanks are due to the many Midhurst shops and businesses that so generously supported the event by contributing a wide choice of prizes for the raffle that raised more money for the hospice.  The evening ended with the audience joining MMS in a rousing rendition of ‘The Floral Dance’ sending everyone home happy to have been involved in such a successful and special charity event.
Tracy, soloists and choir in the Courtyard Room