James’ Place in Penton Mewsey, near Andover celebrated its third year of operation by inviting all members, friends and families to an evening of music and a presentation of prizes. The worshipful the Mayor of Test Valley (Cllr Jan Lovell) presented prizes to members of James’s Place, and Tanya Mew, UK Operations Training Manager, Vitacress Salads UK, presented flowers and wine to the volunteers who help to keep James’s Place such an exciting and dynamic place. The James’s Place choir who have only been in existence for a matter of weeks sang a medley of songs, finishing with James’s Place Blues – a song written by members during their music sessions.

Guests were greeted at the door with wine and canapes and invited to explore the rooms in this lovely 18th Century hunting lodge. Each room held an exhibition of work including art, craft, jewellery, soap, jams and chutneys, a model village and a wishing-tree to mention just a few, plus a short history of the house itself and some of the interesting people who have lived in it. A wonderful raffle with prizes donated from many local organisations completed the evening.

Manager Melody Mew praised all the effort that had gone into such a splendid night and thanked everyone for attending saying “We are planning a brand new programme of activities for the Autumn with lots of interesting and unusual things to try. Keep an eye at what we are doing at James’s Place – and be surprised!”

James’s Place member Tash Mclaverty said “I really love coming to James’s Place – it’s like my second home. I’m not a client – I’m a member of the family.”

To find out more about what James’ Place has to offer, or to arrange a visit or find out about volunteering opportunities, contact Melody on 01264 772400 or email melody@james-place.co.uk

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