ON Sunday 16 July we welcomed about 400 people for our 70th anniversary Summer Garden Party, which featured live entertainment from The Candy Girls trio, magic tricks from Windsor magician Dean Leavy, a children's zone with face-painting, Pimm's tent, BBQ, cake stall, ice-creams and free tours of the Lodge.

The event had sold out in advance, with huge demand. On the day, the sun broke through the clouds and the rain held off till 4pm, and the grounds were full of people of all ages, many of whom had never been to the Lodge before.

The Candy Girls kept everyone entertained, from the youngest to the oldest, with three sets of vintage songs from the 1940s, and a few more modern covers thrown into the mix.

Meanwhile, our Head Chef, Robert Szewczyk and his team served up a sizzling BBQ from 12-4pm, and cakes and summer desserts were also on sale, along with Pimm's, ice-creams and alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments. There was also a raffle, tombola, silent auction, and 'Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar' and 'Roll-a-10-Pence' games.

Over in our Wilderness Marquee area, to the side of the main Lodge, there were games and activities for the younger guests, including face-painting, a coconut shy, a giant four-in-a-line game, giant Jenga, diabolos, children's races, badminton and swingball.

Meanwhile, free educational tours of the Lodge set off every half-hour from 1-4pm, led by our Principal, Ed Newell, and our Programme Director, Owen Gower. About 30 people joined each group.

All proceeds from the event will go to the support the charitable work of the Lodge.

The garden party was covered by the local Windsor Express newspaper, and you can read the online version of their article here.

A full album of photographs from the afternoon can be found on our Facebook page, here.