The first Friends of Quarr Abbey fundraiser is next weekend.
THE Friends of Quarr Abbey hope they have the art of fundraising down to a T — a cream tea.
Their first fundraising event — a cream tea with entertainment — where they also hope to drum up further volunteer support, takes place at the abbey on next Saturday, October 5.
The group was officially launched earlier this year to spread the word about the Benedictine abbey and to support the monastic community’s vision for the future.
Part of their mission is to help raise the abbey’s £200,000 contribution to the £2 million Heritage Lottery award to the Two Abbey Project.
The ambitious scheme will create a new visitor centre and landscaping for a circular walk to enable visitors of all abilities to enjoy the beauty of Quarr and will preserve the old abbey ruins.
The Friends have also appealed for volunteers to fill many potential roles, including those in the bookshop, and for people with gardening, coppicing, IT and fundraising skills.
The cream tea will include jams made at the abbey from fruit grown there as part of the community project and there will be entertainment from the Scottish Fiddlers.
Guests are set to include the Island’s Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White and Isle of Wight Council vice-chairman Cllr Charles Chapman.
Information about cream tea tickets can be obtained from the abbey teashop on 01983 898543.
• Dr Rebecca Ashton at firstname.lastname@example.org has information about how people can help the Friends’ work.