Ashleysbirthdaybank Charity Lunch


Tuesday, Feb 12th,  1230 - 1530 hrs @ Horton Hollow, Wimborne, BH21 7EP


Ashley's Birthday Bank was set up in 2014 to provide a crisis service for Dorset families going through finanacially difficult times as well as to victims of domestic violence, neglect or human trafficking.  Its second role is to give underprivileged children the birthday and Christmas presents they never receive - such a worthy charity to support!  You can read more about them here

The lunch will be a vegetarian feast.  £20 per person.  Dishes from around the globe, so there will be something for every tastebud!  
Two courses and apple juice (mulled or plain) from our own trees;  or another non alcoholic drink.  Herbal or regular tea to round off the meal - with some treats.

As always there will be a raffle and a few 'stalls' with second hand gifts, clothes and books, as well as some local produce...If you can't make the lunch you can buy a raffle ticket in advance (£5 a strip.  On the day these will be £1 per individual ticket).  Or perhaps you can donate a prize to the raffle to support the cause!  Much appreciated!

Parking will be limited.  Please either share a ride or leave your car in the layby up the main lane (direction Chalbury).  Parking will also be available in the drive at Horton Hollow (not however recommended for a speedy departure!)

If you'd like to come please email as soon as possible as there will be limited numbers for the lunch. Online payment or cheque is kindly requested to secure your place.    

I'm so looking forward to welcoming you to Horton for a day of sharing food and learning more about the charity!  A great chance to meet new people and catch up with friends as well x


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