Monday 2 July 2012

2nd Annual Mapledurham Charity Dinner Dance

In June over 120 residents gathered for the second charity Dinner Dance at Caversham Heath Golf Club.  Building on last year's successful occasion when over £3,000 was raised, this year the venue was packed with tickets having sold out well in advance and over £5,000 raised in aid of the Mapledurham Pavilion and community hall regeneration.

Elisa & Kevin Miles, Alok & Ingela Sharma, my husband & me and guests
The Warren & District Residents' Association chairman, Robin Bentham, welcomed everybody and treasurer Mike Eggleton proposed a toast to the Queen.  A delicious meal was enjoyed by all, followed by an auction which was made very entertaining by local professional John Holland of Thimbleby & Shorland Auctioneers.  Thanks were given by Reading West's MP Alok Sharma - a good friend of the main organiser Elisa Miles - then dancing went on into the early hours.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with great music and it was lovely to see lots of people join together for this great cause.  Photographs of the evening can be bought from Kathryn Fell Photography with 50% of the proceeds adding to what has been raised so far. 

Thanks especially go to Elisa for her tremendous hard work and everybody else in the group.  Many local businesses supported the Dinner: Pertemps sponsored the reception drinks, Atuweni Fischer provided the music, Cherubs the table and room decorations and SuperStars the Silent Auction.  Items provided by: Festival Republic, Jacobs Jewellers, Caversham Heath Golf Club, Caversham Solicitors, Ian Kendrick Inc, Robin Bentham, Bluefern Landscaping Deisgn, The Crown at Playhatch, Ultima Business Systems, Waltons Jewellers, Reading Football Club, Kathryn Fell Photography and The Club at Mapledurham were auctioned off by the experienced hands of John Holland.