Volunteers at Lydiard Park have given countless hours of their time to produce a stunning array of historic costumes and they’re also looking to the future, supporting the Great Western Hospital Brighter Futures’ #TheTimeIsNow fundraising campaign.
Some 35 volunteering stalwarts gathered around the sundial in the Walled Garden regaled in their painstakingly crafted costumes, harking back to Georgian times but also hoping for a future when cancer sufferers can receive radiotherapy treatment at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon
The meeting was a dress rehearsal ahead of the festivities planned for the weekend of 4th and 5th July, when the park plays host to the Love Lydiard Craft Fair which will also feature games from a bygone era and historic re-enactments.
Volunteer and professional upholsterer Val Stuyvesant, from Royal Wootton Bassett, has been giving her time and skills for the past seven months and now has an exquisite Jane Austen dress complete with traditional Poke bonnet to show for it. She said: “We have had a fantastic time creating these costumes and we can’t wait for people to see them in action at the craft fair.
“We also heard about #TheTimeIsNow campaign and wanted to show our support for such an important cause, so the fair is a wonderful celebration of both Swindon’s past and also looking to the future.”
The craft fair, which runs from 10am until 4pm on both days, will boast a vast array of bespoke items for sale and visitors can expect to meet the Lady of the House roaming the grounds and the head cook collecting fish from the Ice House. They can also try their hand at a host of games in the walled garden, including Pall Mall.
Woodturning demonstrations and a barbecue are also all part of the festivities. Currently cancer patients living in Swindon have to travel daily to the Churchill Hospital in Oxford for vital radiotherapy treatment.
#TheTimeIsNow campaign encourages people to take a time-related selfie to show their support for the appeal to fund a radiotherapy unit at the GWH. Cllr Brian Mattock, Swindon Borough Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “I’m delighted to see so many people backing this important campaign, which would make a real difference to Swindon people who are diagnosed with cancer in future and require radiotherapy treatment. It is also brilliant to see the intricate attention to detail these volunteers have paid, putting in so many hours of work, to create such a wonderful range of authentic costumes.
“I hope people will come to the Craft Fair so they can see them all and take a fascinating, fun step back in time themselves.”
Find out more at www.lydiardpark.org.uk
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