ast night was one of the wettest evenings I can remember, certainly for July when the sun should be shining brightly. Despite this, residents from Sherborne and the surrounding area turned up in their hundreds to show support for acclaimed author, Joanne Harris, who spoke to the crowds about her new book, Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé. During the day the team built a marquee in our walled garden which, when joined to the Butterfly House, set the stage for the evening and with some wonderful plants and a little mood lighting looked beautiful even on a wet, grey evening. Thank you to Sherborne Literary Society for inviting Joanne Harris to the event and to all the staff for their support.

The marquee will be staying in position for a couple of weeks as it will be the setting for our programme of summer events. Tonight, Friday 13th , is Quiz Night and we’re encouraging groups of friends and families to take on the quiz master in order to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, then on Sunday we’re welcoming Sherborne Town Band to our walled garden for an afternoon of cream teas and relaxed atmosphere. On Monday, Teresa De Roberto will be singing for Friends of The Yeatman Hospital; then Sara Jones, widow of Col. ‘H’ Jones, will talk about her involvement with The Falklands’ Families’ Association, the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory and the Falkland Island Memorial Chapel. On Thursday the Marquee will be filled with wildlife enthusiasts who will hear from TV broadcaster, author and lifelong gardener Toby Buckland. To attend any of the events please ask a member of staff or call 01935 814633.