Welwyn Hatfield museum’s summer soiree raises £1,000

PUBLISHED: 08:02 03 September 2011

Mill Green soiree

Mill Green soiree

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A UNIQUE event organised by the Friends of Welwyn Hatfield Museums and held at Mill Green raised nearly £1,000.

Seventy Friends and their guests, including deputy mayor Helen Bromley, were treated to some excellent operatic singing by soprano Judith Colman, who entertained the audience under the guise of ‘Opera-Interactive’.

The event was the brainchild of Friends’ member Angie Curtis of Brockswood Lane, WGC.

Money raised will go towards the cost of items bought for the borough’s museums by the Friends.

Her original idea of a soiree was welcomed by the Friends’ committee when she first suggested it in the spring, and she set about making it happen, supported by her family and by a small team of enthusiastic Friends.

Angie said: “Although it was a lot of hard work, it was all very worthwhile.

“The ambience at Mill Green is perfect for that sort of event, and everything went very smoothly.

“Judith was superb, a true entertainer.

“It was such a pleasure to work with her and her accompanist, Travis Baker. Our members and VIPs were very generous with their donations of raffle prizes and the surplus realised was over £900 for the evening.”

MC for the evening was ex-borough councillor and founding president of the Friends, Dr Dennis Lewis.

He said: “It was a wonderful evening, organised excellently by Angie and her family and friends.

“Judith’s singing was a revelation and the many comments made to me afterwards indicated that everyone had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“Mill Green is a lovely setting on a summer’s evening and we shall be looking at ways in which we can put on other, similar events in order to raise money for the Friends and the museums service.

“If anyone has any ideas for popular entertainments and events, we are always open to any suggestions”

Cllr Bromley brought proceedings to a close and said: “I want to congratulate the Friends as an organisation, and also all those who have in some way contributed to making the soiree a resounding success.

“I look forward very much to returning to Mill Green soon, to enjoy the company of the Friends of the Museums again.”


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