The weather forecast was good not too hot and no constant sun, the cakes were delivered, the Raffle Prizes received, and the invitations issued. The Trustees arrived early and with the help of a number of ‘Friends’ set about getting everything ready for ‘the tea party’. Tables and chairs were placed around the gardens; the tables were decorated beautifully with embroidered tablecloths and very pretty flower arrangements.
Tea Party Preparations
Teacups, saucers and plates were at the ready!

Teacups, saucers and plates were at the ready!

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Delicious cakes!

The garden looked magnificent thanks to Andy Hawker the gardener and our gardening volunteers.

The Garden
The Garden
The Garden
Then the party began! It was well supported with ‘Friends’, trustees, staff, and patients and their relatives all enjoying the spectacle.
The Party
The Party
After a cup of tea and a piece of cake everyone settled down and the unveiling of the plaque began. Julian, Chairman of FoMCH, started proceedings by giving a little of the background. Peggy Jones and her husband Reg were reasonably well known in Malvern as they owned and ran the Ladybird Shop in Barnards Green. Recently contact had been made with Mary Jenkins a friend of Peggy’s and she had agreed to come to the Tea Party and do the unveiling of the plaque. Julian then handed over proceedings to Mary.
Julian (Chairman of the Friends) and Mary Jenkins
Mary Jenkins

Mary Jenkins

Mary’s Speech

“I had known Peggy since 1970 but became very friendly with her after her husband had died 17 years ago and of course knew her before because of the shop, I am sure (my age group) knew the ladybird shop and he of course became known as Mr Ladybird and he worked at RSRE.
Peggy was a very private person, she and Reg made their wills before Reg died to leave everything to this hospital, wherever it may be. I used to take Peggy out with another friend, who is not well at the moment, but we took it in turns to take Peggy out, so we had good times together. She had a lovely flat in Poole and I went down there with her it was lovely.
They had good times together once they both retired. I am delighted about the garden and its lovely in her memory. Peggy has got two cousins that she did not contact very much particularly when Reg was alive, so one of them Diane I am in touch with and I will ring her up tonight and tell her about this garden and hopefully she will be able to come and see it one day,it is lovely and a wonderful memory of her, thank you.”

The Plaque

We all had a truly excellent afternoon!