Where did the summer go?
As many of you will know we are finally back! The Orangery has been a hive of activity since reopening at the beginning of August and if you missed anything you can catch up here. This month has truly allowed us to explore just how diverse The Orangery can be.
Our garden ranger Katie has been running family activities every Wednesday and Saturday curating a range of exciting scavenger hunts and nature themed arts and crafts activities in the grounds.
Our Sunday cream teas have been so popular we are continuing into September and October. With freshly made scones provided by local supplier, Little Ingestre Bakery, we have been able to provide a place for people to meet and chat over cake, or visit an exhibition. In August we hosted the fantastic photographic exhibition ‘Eleven Oranges’ by Dawn Jutton with soundscape by poet Mal Dewhirst. In celebration of our one year anniversary, the exhibition explored the Orangery’s journey to restoration.
We ended the month with a bang at our Big Summer Chill Out event on the 30th of August. Local musician Chris Watt serenaded us with some fantastic modern and classic acoustic guitar covers whilst visitors relaxed in the Orangery grounds munching on fresh crepes courtesy of the Crepe Revolution team. Some of our newest volunteers did a fantastic job on waitressing and we thoroughly enjoyed being ‘back to business’.
After what has been a difficult year for everyone the Orangery, along with everyone else, has had to adjust to the current global situation. Although this is a time of unparalleled uncertainty we are still optimistic and we are hugely grateful to have seen our highest footfall ever during the month of August, to have recruited new volunteers during a pandemic and to have welcomed back some of our community hirers.
We will continue to be open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm throughout September and October (subject to hires) so make sure to come down and say hello! Follow our facebook page for regular event updates.
Don’t forget to check our fictional crime drama ‘Amos’ on podcast if you haven’t already. New episodes on the way! link here – https://anchor.fm/ingestre-orangery/episodes/Amos—Episode-1-Scam-egqleh
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