We are grateful to Tim and Lucy Rowan-Robinson (Chair of Wonderful Beast’s Board of Trustees), who hosted in their beautiful garden a late September party for Wonderful Beast, with the purpose of extending a huge thank you our loyal funders, friends, supporters, volunteers and fabulous local artists.
It was a joyful occasion for people to meet - some for the first time, others after a long period of non-socialising due to Covid-19 - in a glorious setting and on a balmy evening. Chatter was dappled with bewitching folk music played by the brilliant Zoe Anderton on her magnificent concert harp. Romanian wine (in keeping with the Eastern European theme of our next project) and canapés, provided by our hard-working and multi-talented trustees, went down famously.
'What fun it was last night, and how wonderful to be at a party. Not only that, but one full of like-minded people.
It made me realise how much I’ve missed things like that, seeing people not just at home.
So thank you, all for your generosity, and long live Wonderful Beast!'
- PARTY GUEST
Flares and fairy lights lit the garden as dusk fell and Alys gave her thank you speech, telling everyone of the Beast’s future plans. As the grand finale to the evening, actor Petra Markham read ‘The Hare and the Hedgehog’ from Water de la Mare’s Told Again (Princeton, 2019) with everyone gathered around to listen, in true storytelling tradition.
All photos copyright Sophie Baker 2021. Not to be reproduced without permission.
Alys Kihl, Founder and Artistic Director of Wonderful Beast.