Sunshine sale

L to R. The Mayoress of Bath, Mrs Chloe Ovens; Director of the Holburne Museum, Chris Stephens and the Mayor of Bath, Cllrs June Player.

Bumped into the new Mayor of Bath, Cllr June Player, at her first official engagement since taking office earlier this week.

Along with her daughter, Mrs Chloe Ovens, who is the Mayoress, she was attending the annual plant sale organised by the Friends of the Holburne Museum to raise funds to support the museums educational work.

The Friends bring together some of the best nurseries in Bath and beyond, along with stands selling homemade produce, high quality secondhand books, plus free expert gardening advice, and an outdoor cafe with refreshments and homemade tea-time treats etc. 

Madam Mayor told Bath Newseum:

“This was a wonderful start to my being the Mayor of Bath for this coming year with my daughter Chloe being the Mayoress.  Being a Patron of the Holburne Museum it was only natural that I wanted to attend this really important fund-raising event put on by the Friends of the Holburne Museum.

We were so lucky with the weather and it was obvious that all the folk who  came along enjoyed it as much as we did.  Not only was there a wonderful mix of types of plants for all different soils and locations, of which we bought a few, but also some homemade goodies.

 I bought some wild garlic pesto which I now have had some of and loved and we were both tempted by the fabulous-looking homemade cakes!

 Bath Beekeepers displayed a fascinating wood and glass section which gave a glimpse into the life of a beehive of our so much-needed bees.  Thanks so much to all especially Chris Stephens, Director of the Museum.”

Jonno Davis, who is Chairman of the Holburne Museum Supporters, told me: We had a very brisk trade today, with your valuable support in promoting the sale, everyone was very happy with the turn-out.

It all helped to make a good days fund-raising for the Museum, thanks to our loyal group of supporters, volunteers, book-sellers and donors, cooks, bakers and tea-makers, without whom such events simply wouldn’t happen.”