A garden event, hosted by Peter and Barbara Woodward at Wayford Vineyard, raised £1,500 for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. The Pig Roast which was supported by Crewkerne Freemasons, the Rotary Club of Crewkerne and Crewkerne Lions Club was attended by around 150 guests and those unable to attend made donations. The afternoon fundraiser on Sunday July 21st, proved to be the best since the biennial event began. Clear skies and sunshine provided the perfect weather for enjoying a glass of Somerset’s equivalent of Champagne at the award winning vineyard, which won Gold for its sparkling Pinot Noir in last year’s competition organised by the South West Vineyards Association.

Entertainment for the outdoor fundraiser was provided by well-known and popular local artiste, Jan McNeill. The wide range of food available which included pork rolls, was prepared by Barbara Woodward. Barbara said: “The money raised is passed on to the three local organisations and thereafter to the air ambulance. In previous years this has resulted in additional monies being raised by them, including regional and national top-ups by their organisations, resulting in even greater donations being made of several thousands, which is expected to happen again this year.”

Wayford Vineyard began from an idea raised at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne in Feburary 2007 by guest speaker Paul Robathan of Lopen Vineyard. It evolved with the help of fellow Rotarian and local farmer John Wyatt, who suggested that one of his fields would be the ideal spot. Great advice was received from SW Vineyards Association and a group of interested people took the project forward by cultivating the sloping field and planting vines. Shortly afterwards the limited company, Wayford Westcountry Wines was formed. Situated on the Somerset/Dorset border overlooking the Axe Valley, it is shielded from the north and south westerly winds by a copse and the contour of the hill and has proved to be not only a successful business venture but a great outdoor venue for the summer fundraiser, which is held every two years.

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