Meander Valley Gazette

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Putting on the Fitz!

Events, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

THE POLITE English on Antiques Roadshow might say ‘Goodness!’ Our TV shows might say ‘Wow!’

On Saturday 25th May, a High Tea at Fitzpatrick’s Inn was held for the Anglican Parish of Quamby.

The High Tea was a resounding success due to the great community support which swelled the ‘capped’ number of eighty to one hundred and three, requiring an extra room.

The generosity of Pam Swain, the owner of Fitzpatrick’s Inn, extended not only to the use of the building but also the kitchen, fine crockery, and her own personal involvement.

The tables were set with embroidered cloths and napkins loaned for the day, many with interesting stories. Tiered cake stands were filled with sweets and savouries.

Descriptions of High Teas from around the world were related, tying in to the names allocated to the tables.

Pam gave a fascinating talk on the history of Fitzpatrick’s Inn, through her own knowledge of the building and research she has conducted with the view of writing a book. This was backed up with entertaining accounts from descendants of the very Irish Fitzpatrick family.

The success of the day was made possible due to wonderful help from the congregation and community who provided treasured cloths, mountains of food, flowers for the tables, and who worked tirelessly on the day.

The next fundraising event held for the Parish will be a Silent Auction with Soup and Sandwiches on Sunday 28th July at the Westbury RSL. Details to be announced.