We had our annual 'Vintage Tea Party' on 6th July with associated 'Dymock Island Discs'. After the wet summer last year, when we had to have the event in the church, this year the sun was bright and hot so we were able to use a marquee set up in the beautiful gardens of our parishioners, Tony and Beryl Denby.
Every table had a white damask tablecloth, fine bone-china teacups and saucers and tea from a china teapot, whilst many of the ladies wore summer dresses and hats, and even some of the men wore traditional straw hats. (Return to top)
After thinly cut sandwiches with a variety of fillings and delicious homemade cakes, including some topped with a fresh strawberry, Tony Denby
joined our organist, Bob May who was acting as compere, to play the 8 records that reminded him of a long and varied life. Tony said he was born in the same house that goes back to the English King Henry VII at the end of the 15th century and told us something of the chequered history that brought it into the possession of his father and now him. Although it was only close by, he was sent to Boarding School in Kempley, tales of which he recounted, along with his early career moves before he settled down in the wood trade, becoming known as 'King Charcoal'. (Return to top)
His records included several romantic ballads that reminded him of events down the decades, including meeting his wife of 60 years, Beryl, plus 'Mars, the Bringer of War', and the Karelia Suite by Sibelius after a trip to Norway. (Return to top)