Enjoy a picnic and free live music at Marble Hill House – and help The Poppy Factory support veterans into work.
Guest blog by Alice Barrett, Partnerships Manager at The Poppy Factory
As the summer sun continues to shine on Richmond, it’s a wonderful time to head out for a picnic.
There are surely few settings more perfect for open-air snacking than Marble Hill House in Twickenham, which is offering free live music in its grounds on Sunday afternoons throughout August.
And at The Poppy Factory – based right here in Petersham Road – we’re delighted that Marble Hill House is helping our charity work with veterans with health conditions to change their lives through employment by supporting our Operation Picnic campaign.
With the world coming together to mark 75 years since VJ Day and the end of the Second World War this weekend, it’s a good time to think about how we can support all those who have served more recently in the Armed Forces and are wounded, injured or sick.
Living in the civilian world can bring many new challenges to the men and women who leave the Army, RAF, Navy and Reserves. The Poppy Factory’s mission is to support veterans with health conditions on their journey into employment and to continue supporting them whatever challenges they may face.
Four out of five of the veterans we work with report a mental health condition. Whatever their situation, and whatever they are going through, our employability team is on hand to offer one-to-one support.
At Marble Hill House, the live music sessions are already off to a flying start.
Performances run each Sunday between 2pm and 3pm at the English Heritage site. The series kicked off with a performance by The Greenwood trio on August 2nd, and last week visitors enjoyed the sounds of The Perrin Jazz Collective.
This Sunday, August 16th, we are in for another rare treat with live music from the Tudor era, courtesy of The Lovekyn Consort.
Then on August 23rd we can look forward to a range of opera, folk and popular songs performed by Greg Tassell, with piano and harpsichord backing. On Sunday, August 30th, The Perrin Jazz Collective will return to close the series.
Picnickers are being asked to take any rubbish and recycling home with them as part of Covid-19 safety measures at Marble Hill House.
The events are free, but any donations given on the day to Marble Hill will help ensure the future of the site as a well-loved community space.
Funds raised separately through Operation Picnic will help us support 100 more wounded, injured and sick veterans on their journey into employment, and continue supporting them whatever challenges they may face.
So please roll out your picnic blanket, enjoy the summer sun and encourage your friends and colleagues to make a gift, either individually or as a group.
We have loads of great picnic ideas and resources on our website including a checklist, bunting, email invitations to download, recipe ideas, games and more.
Thank you and have a great summer!
About the author
Alice Barrett is Partnerships Manager at The Poppy Factory, developing relationships with organisations in Richmond and beyond that want to get behind veterans with health conditions and support the charity’s national employability service. To contact Alice email her here