Two humps, please

by Michael Ford last modified 22 May, 2019 09:53 AM

It isn’t often you find camels in a Bishop’s garden, but that's exactly what you will see if you visit the Bishop of Salisbury’s home on Sunday 2 June.

Two humps, please

Photo by Gerry Lynch

Therese and Timujen, Lady Chichester's two-humped bactrian camels, are the star attraction at the Bishop’s Summer Fête in aid of the Sudan Medical Link.

And this year along with the camels and a chance to have your photo taken in a luxurious vintage Bentley or a roaring twenties Austin 7, there will be some real 'Navy Larks', as the band of the same name entertain the guests over the afternoon.

The 20 stout-hearted men, who are united by their love of sea shanties, promise performance and entertainment along with a lot of fun, and will be sharing the stage with the ever-popular Amesbury Town Band.

A visit to the Fête provides a rare chance to not just see the riverside garden that is not open to the public, but to enjoy a strawberries and cream tea there too.

There will be a whole host of traditional fête stalls and games, from the Human Fruit Machine to the ever popular plant and cake stalls. You can even guess the weight of a sheep (or two).

Last year, the Fête raised more than £12,000 to support healthcare in Sudan and South Sudan, two of the world’s poorest countries.

The Sudan Medical Link supplies basic medicines and clinical equipment direct, from bandages and disinfectant to anti-malarial drugs. It also trains local medical workers and midwives in an area where one woman in seven dies in childbirth, more than anywhere else on the planet. Every trained midwife will save scores of lives throughout her career.

The Medical Link was set up 34 years ago when the then Bishop of Salisbury, John Baker, and his wife Gill were on a visit to South Sudan and saw war victims being treated, with even basic medicines absent. Since then, many local people have built up special friendships with people in the Sudans.

The fête is at South Canonry, Cathedral Close, Salisbury from 2-5 pm. £2 at the gate.

Directions here

2018 Fête photos on Flickr

Navy Larks website

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