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Sophisticated summer celebrations

Rayner, Lily and Anne - Tombola stall stalwarts!
Rayner, Lily and Anne – Tombola stall stalwarts!

The sun truly shone on the righteous as members of the Bridgend Soroptimists once again joined the South Wales Branch of the English-Speaking Union for their annual summer garden party at Fonmon Castle.

With rain a-plenty before and after the festivities, guests had every reason to bask in the beautiful castle gardens.

The Soroptimists Tombola stall, filled with many enticing presents, drew many visitors, as well as the raffle, organised by Soroptimist and ESU member Anne Morgan. Funds raised will go towards the Clubs varied charity commitments.

Guests were gently lulled by musical entertainment provided by music graduates from the Welsh Royal College of Music and Drama, known collectively as the EU4IA Euphonium Quartet comprising Jack, Matthew, Sion and Grant. The quartet hit just the right note with a wide repertoire ranging from Joplin through Mancini to Tchaikovsky.

The event was rounded off with scrumptious sustenance provided by Beppe Villa dispensing the delicacies of his Really Fresh Food Company, as much a feast for the eye as for the palate.

At the end of another successful event, guests departed in the knowledge that the proceeds from the event would be committed to the branch’s charitable activities, in particular, the promotion of public speaking with local primary and secondary schoolchildren.