Our Very First Fundraiser

Although Calverley Adventure Grounds Fundraising campaign is not officially launched, the Rotary Club of  Tunbridge Wells held a wine tasting evening in aid of the campaign on Friday evening, ahead of the official launch on Monday.


The event took place at King Charles the Martyr Church Hall, and was a sell out with the fundraising committee taking 17 of the 70 places available.

The evening was hosted by David Reich who talked through the wines that accompanied the fabulous meal prepared by Rotary Club members. However guests were not encouraged to spit out their wine but to savour it instead. Attendees were treated to some pre dinner nibbles, served alongside prosecco and champagne before tucking into a most delicious main course of pesto chicken, cheesy dumplings garlic bread and a green salad. A  selection of cheeses followed and finally a choice of nine desserts were served. Guests were generously encouraged to sample all. The wine flowed throughout the night with David talking through each one at intervals during the evening.

The wines sampled were

Dino Prosecco Edizione No 9, NV from Veneto, NE Italy, Glera, 11%

Comte de Senneval Champagne Lidl’s house champagne, NV, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, 12.5%

Picpoul de Dieu Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2014, Tesco Finest, Grenache, Mourverde and Syrah from vines between 30 and 50 years old, 13.5%

Plan de Dieu Cotes du Rhones Villages, 2014, Tesco Finest, Grenache, Mourverde and Syrah from vines between 30 and 50 years old, 13.5%

Crozes-Hermitage 2013, Tesco Finest, Northern Rhone, Syrah around Tain-L’Hermitage, 12.5%

Amarone della Valpolicella 2013, Veneto NE Italy, Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella – grapes are air dried for several months after which the wine is aged in oak for at least two years, 14.5%

Asti Spurmante NV, Tesco, Piedmont, NW Italy, Muscat, 7%

Kate Bourne and Nathalie Bere were invited to speak on behalf of the Calverley Adventure Grounds and were delighted to share Jennette Emery-Wallis’s design. It was wonderful to receive such enthusiastic response from the Rotary Club members who were as excited by the inspirational design as the Calverley Grounds Fundraising team are.


The evening ended with the drawing of the raffle.

We could not have wished for a more fabulous start to our fundraising campaign and would like to thank those that worked so hard to make the event such a special one and to The Rotary Club members for all their support and assistance over the last 8 weeks.

For more details about the Rotary Club of Tunbridge Wells please take a look at their website.


Kate Bourne


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