Whilst a picnic table was set out beside the raised vegetable beds, all the time laughter and merriment could be heard across the allotments.
The guests and volunteers of ‘In Jolly Good Company’, who organise the Step Outside Group, definitely know how to enjoy themselves.
It was a wonderful afternoon and a bonus to make the most of this quintessential afternoon treat, and share home baked treats with such an appreciative gathering.
A ‘not for profit’ organisation, founded by Sarah Rampton. Read more here
Cream Tea Hamper
All Hallows’ Farmhouse donated and served a picnic hamper that we had prepared earlier at the cookery school. This included buttermilk scones with Rhodda’s clotted cream and berries with Tiptree Preserves. Read how to make the scones here.
We also gathered fresh rhubarb from the garden which was chopped finely and added to the mix before baking. These were served with clotted cream (of course!) and a very generous spoonful of Tiptree ginger preserve.
This combination definitely seemed to ‘hit the spot’ for Bryan, one of the Jolly guests, who was smiling from ear to ear all afternoon.
There was also a gluten-free lemon drizzle cake which we topped with clotted cream and summer raspberries.
Lisa from All Hallows’ Farmhouse Cookery School says ‘The incredible opportunities that the team from In Jolly Good Company have created for our community is wholly inspiring. The founder, Sarah Rampton recognised an urgent need for local people to receive support and kinship. So she set out, totally undeterred, to fulfil this need. Sarah’s vision has now created an established group of experienced and caring volunteers. The positive work they carry out together is life changing for our neighbours and friends who are living with dementia and other illnesses. This achievement deserves to be celebrated. National Cream Tea Day seemed to be a perfect day to say thank you to Sarah and her team.
Thank you to everyone for such a great time…
A big thank you to Rhodda’s and Tiptree for establishing the Cream Tea Society. The celebration of the Cream Tea was definitely the inspiration for this happy gathering.
Thanks also to Brent Jones Photography for the pictures from the allotment.