Trust turns to tea parties to raise cash for manor

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THE trust hoping to restore Wymering Manor has been enjoying a cuppa – all in aid of keeping it running.

Wymering Manor Trust has teamed up with Portsmouth’s All About Tea and is encouraging people to hold tea parties in August.

The tea shop, in Middle Street, Southsea, has even produced a special blend.

Fans of the manor visited it in Old Wymering Lane on Saturday for the launch event, where people could have a taste of the tea.

The trust gave away the tea bags and expect fundraisers to pay in anything they raise.

Penny Mordaunt is Portmsouth North MP and chairman of the trust.

She said it costs around £3,000 a month for security, insurance and electricity at the manor.

She said: ‘They can either charge for people to come along, have a raffle, anything to raise funds.

‘It will keep us in electricity a bit longer.

‘This sort of thing, the produce idea, is something that could potentially be a real income driver for the manor.

‘We work with Southsea Greenhouse as well – we could have our own Duchy of Lancaster here in Wymering.’

It comes after Community Action Hampshire awarded the trust £1,000 on Friday to help pay for running costs.

The trust also needs cash to pay for an options appraisal to work out what needs to be done at the manor.

Janet Hird is a committee member for the separate Friends of Old Wymering, and was a the launch day on Saturday.

She said: ‘There’s only a very small band of people at the moment.

‘The tea parties will hopefully encourage other people to get involved as well.’

And willing volunteer Tania Meacher, 46, of Bredenbury Crescent, in Paulsgrove, was also at the launch.

She said: ‘I think it’s a brilliant idea, to do the whole high tea thing.

‘And it’s interesting for people to come along and see what Wymering Manor is about.’