Village Wine Safari raises £1,800

On 10 September, 70 people enjoyed a fun evening walking around Middleton and Cottingham drinking wine, chatting and meeting new villagers at the annual village Wine Safari, which was back after a few years’ absence due to Covid restrictions.

Our thanks to the host houses (you know who you are!) and especially to super barman Owen Davison who ran ‘Owen’s Bar’ in his cellar at Wood Hollow, with great banter as usual, and Anne Davison who opened up her kitchen to serve a delicious hot chilli for everyone, with dancing to a live band and DJ until midnight under marquees in their garden – what a night to remember.

It was great to see so many people supporting this enjoyable evening again, and many congratulations to Nick Carson, who won the ‘Wheelbarrow of Wine’ raffle prize.

The event raised a superb £1,800 that will be divided between The Mill Community Hub Project and FROGS (Friends of Green Spaces) for planting bulbs and trees along the Jurassic Footpath in memory of Queen Elizabeth II and to welcome in our new King Charles III. If you’d like to help with the planting, which will hopefully be in the Autumn, please email Alison Freestone

The organisers intend to continue the annual Wine Safari and aim to do a Summer event in 2023. They are looking for smaller houses to offer their gardens as ‘destinations’ for a surprise twist on the event next year.  Again, if you are interested in getting involved, in any way, please get in touch with Ali on email