Hatfield House coffee morning returns in aid of community causes

PUBLISHED: 16:02 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:18 13 March 2018

Hatfield House's Old Palace viewed from the West Garden. Picture: supplied by Hatfield House

Hatfield House's Old Palace viewed from the West Garden. Picture: supplied by Hatfield House

supplied by Hatfield House

Hatfield House’s Old Palace will host musical entertainment at a coffee morning to benefit two different good causes.

Organisers Hilary Burningham, Father Darren Collins of St Etheldreda's Church, Lady Salisbury, and Hilary Morton.Organisers Hilary Burningham, Father Darren Collins of St Etheldreda's Church, Lady Salisbury, and Hilary Morton.

The beautiful setting of the historic building’s Old Palace will play host to a traditional coffee morning on March 20 in aid of Breaks Manor Youth and Community Centre and St Etheldreda’s church in Hatfield.

Between 10am and 12 noon, families and visitors can enjoy stalls with home produce, plants, and second-hand goods, refreshing teas and coffees and admission to the West Garden.

Classical soloists Jill Sergio and the internationally famous lyric tenor John Mark Ainsley will sing from their repertoires, followed by choirs from Countess Anne Church of England Primary School and Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School.

A raffle will be drawn at 11.30am.

Lady Salisbury. Picture: supplied by Hatfield HouseLady Salisbury. Picture: supplied by Hatfield House

Adults also get 50 per cent off entry to Hatfield Park Farm, with free children’s entry.

Parents should note that the Bloody Hollow play area is currently in need of repair, however.

The money raised will go to improve security at Breaks Manor, and towards renovations of the west end of St Etheldreda’s Church.

Hilary Burningham, a manager at Breaks Manor Youth and Community Centre, thanked Lady Salisbury for giving them use of the 14th-century palace, and said: “It’s full of atmosphere, with historic portraits of the Cecil family gazing benignly down on you.

“It really is a lovely event.

“There’s just so much to see and do.”

Any contributions towards the stalls can be brought to Breaks Manor during the week between 9am and 2pm, or on Monday March 19 at Station Lodge opposite Hatfield Station.

Tickets are £4 on the door or £3.50 if bought in advance at Hatfield House gift shop and at the Stable Yard.

Free entry for children under 12.

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