Fundraising in 2011


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Fundraising Lunch in Scarborough

The soup kitchen


ACE supporters, Val Humphreys, and her daughter, Katharine Minghella, have held another successful fundraiser for ACE in Scarborough. Twenty-four of their friends attended a soup and sandwich lunch at Katharine's home.

Katharine made soup in the kitchen .....

Val awaiting guests

..... whilst Val awaited the guests.
Sightsaver friends


As well as home made soups, they served a selection of sandwiches, home made fruit slices and Australian sultana cookies, with tea or coffee.

There was also a raffle and a bring and buy stall.

Social group friends


Together with some donations, they raised 350 for ACE funds.

RNLI/swimming friends  

There was an article about the event, and about the work of ACE, in the Scarborough Evening News.

You can read it by clicking here

Open Studio in Newmill

Newmill artist, Pam Furby, opened her studio at Bay of Biscay Cottage on Sunday 23rd October.

Oil paintings, watercolours, collages, prints and cards were be for sale.

Cornish chough print

Tea and cake were available and there was also a gift stall, a cake stall and books for sale.

The event raised £124 for ACE.

Oil painting of Mylor

Cream Tea at Ludgvan

Cream Tea  

A cream tea was held at the home of ACE trustee, Janet Pye, on the afternoon of Sunday 28th August.

We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day and the event was well attended by friends and neighbours.

£368 was raised. A donation of £10 was given to Ludgvan Church for the use of their tables, leaving £358 for ACE funds.

Thank you to Janet, Luke and all the other helpers.

Grant for Text Books

Reed Elsevier logo

Some time ago ACE applied for a grant from the charity funds of the international publishing company, Reed Elsevier.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded $10,000 and we have now received £6,101.

We are very grateful to Reed Elsevier for their support. The money is specifically for the purchase of textbooks for our schools.

Friends Raise Money in Newmill

Daisy and Ella Leiworthy and Zenna and Nevah Law set up a stall in Newmill on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August to raise money for ACE. They were selling some of their toys, books, jewellery, and other things. By the end of Saturday they had raised 34 and they went on to raise a total of £51.65. For part of Sunday they bravely sat outside in the rain under a large umbrella.

£50 of the money they raised will be used to buy two desks to go into ACE-built classrooms. the desks will be inscribed with their names. For details click here.

Thank you to the girls and to all who supported them.

Fundraiser in Scarborough

Val Humphreys

In July, Val Humphreys held a Strawberries and Cream Tea in Scarborough.

£583 was raised for ACE funds at the tea. In addition to the strawberries, cream and scones, there was a cake stall and a raffle.
Cake Stall
Val had also raised funds when she talked about ACE to a local club for partially-sighted people, so she was able to send the treasurer a cheque for £606.
Tea in the garden
  This was the second major fundraiser in Scarborough this year and we are very grateful to our friends in the north for their support.

Newmill Open Gardens 2011

Entrance to Bay of Biscay

The gardens of Newmill were open for the seventh time on Sunday 19th June between 12 noon and 5 pm.

This figure welcomed visitors to Bay of Biscay Cottage.

Trythall School garden   Six gardens were open this year and, for the first time, visitors were able to visit the new garden created by the pupils at Trythall School.
Trythall School greenhouse  

A special attraction was their greenhouse, constructed with recycled plastic bottles.

They also sold plants and served refreshments.

Plant stall at Trelynden  
There was a plant stall at Trelynden ....
Cream teas at The Old Post Office  
.... and cream teas were served at The Old Post Office and Chynoey.
Demonstration of spinning  
Lynda Phillips gave a demonstration of spinning.

As part of the Open Gardens Day there was an arts and crafts show at The Jamieson Library at The Old Post Office. Participants were

Phil Ward
Nigel Hayward
Prints and Cards
Debbie Prosser
Pepe & Daphne Turner
Janet Pye
Alan Tugwell
Lynda Phillips
Handmade Rugs
Jack Trowbridge
Silver jewellery
Veronica Janas
Paintings on Silk

Pam Furby also opened her studio, exhibiting paintings, cards and other artworks at Bay of Biscay Cottage.

The event raised over £2,600 for ACE funds. We are very grateful to all those who helped with the event and all who visited the gardens.

There are more pictures on our Facebook page  

Morvoren - a Beautiful Garden, Open for the First Time

On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June, Penny Black, gardener, craftswoman/artist, writer, plantswoman, opened her garden near Land's End for the first time.

Saturday was beautifully sunny and cream teas were enjoyed in the garden. Sunday was a complete contrast with heavy rain for most of the time.

Saturday was busy all the time and, despite the weather, 180 people visited on Sunday.

Courtyard Garden

Previously, Penny lived at Stithians and the garden she and her husband Bob created there featured on Channel Four TV in a series called Consuming Passions and was transmitted in many other parts of the world.

Penny and Bob created their current garden from a mere field and building site. It is now a series of interconnecting spaces, gloriously planted with an eclectic mix, showcasing Penny's knowledge of and passion for plants of all kinds and her extraordinary ability to put them together in surprising but deeply satisfying ways. The garden ends in a wild flower meadow overlooking the ocean.

Gravel Garden

Considering that it must be one of the most exposed places in West Cornwall it is quite extraordinary what Penny and Bob have achieved.

The gardens at Morvoren are currently featured as Garden of the Month in the June issue of Cornwall Today magazine.

Exotic Border

There were plants for sale from Penny's garden, a book stall and cream teas and entertainment from local musicians.

The proceeds will be divided between ACE and Shelterbox.

Lawns and borders

Quiz Night

A Quiz Night was held on Friday 27th May at Rosudgeon Community Centre.

The event raised £154 for the funds.

Indian Lunch in Scarborough

ACE has a developing 'support group' in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. It was started by Valerie Humphreys, who has visited southwest Uganda, and sponsors a student in our Sponsorship Scheme. Recently a fundraising event was held in the home of Dr Saad and Mrs Naharr Mamoon, who have also become student sponsors.

Val writes -

We had a very successful day for our Indian Lunch which we held on Thursday 5th May at the home of Dr Saad and Mrs Naharr Mamoon. I told everyone that the money we raised would be used to buy desks for the newly renovated classrooms at Rukongi School.

I put up a display of pictures showing old building, new building, desks etc. etc. and again showed the ACE DVD. We raised a total of 322. When I return to Uganda later this year, I hope to be able to come back with a picture of one of the desks saying 'donated by Scarborough support group, Yorkshire , England' or some such appropriate wording.

Saad, Naharr, Val

Saad, Naharr and Val


Naharr did all the cooking of the indian food (lamb curry with tiny potatoes, chicken korma, beef and turkey kebabs, hard boiled eggs with lentils in a coconut sauce, mixed vegetable bhatee, rice, and a mixed salad). I made banoffee pie, apple and cream with crunchy topping and a tropical fruit salad for our dessert.

Dr Mamoon insisted on doing ALL the washing up for us.!!!

Katharine, Naharr, Val

Katharine, Naharr and Val

  There were 22 people at the event. We also had a raffle and a bring and buy stall. I also was given some donations by people who could not be present on the day. My daughter Katharine is one of my support group and ran the raffle and bring and buy along with two of her friends.

Bank Holiday Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning Cat  

A coffee morning was held on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May at Chynoey, Newmill, the home of Vic and Angela Peake.

Plants, cakes and books were on sale and £214 was raised for ACE funds.

Bucket Collections in 2011

Morrisons logo

Co-op logo

M&S logo


Bucket collections were held as follows -

11th & 12th March - Morrisons, Penzance - raised £680

9th April - Co-operative, Hayle - raised £207

8th & 9th July - Morrisons, Penzance - raised £701

22nd & 23rd July - Marks and Spencer, Hayle - raised £401

14th & 15th October - Morrisons, Penzance - raised £603


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