May Bank Holiday Monday 2018 saw Beatons New Milton scoring a ‘first ever’ – as far as we know – in tearooms history! We celebrated Angela Thorn’s successful launch with a free, fundraising Open in aid of Beatons New Milton’s Charity of the Year: Helping Older People New Forest (known locally as HOPe).
|Andrea inviting Beatons' Regular Mark|
to Guess the Number of Teas!
Guests, local children’s author Rob Stevens and the ‘Beatons New Milton and ‘Beatons Central’ team raised the roof singing a specially written Beatons’ version of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ – a first ‘in-tearooms’ mini-choir!
|Local Author Rob Stevens signs copies|
of his new book 'Lucky Break'
It was followed by Rob reading an excerpt from his just-published book ‘Lucky Break’. The event is the start of twelve months of ongoing fundraising for Beatons New Milton’s charity of the year, Helping Older People New Forest.
Free slices of Beatons’ signature carrot cake and miniature cream teas were served, along with cooling sodas and Jasmine Blossom tea. Rob Stevens generously donated £2 from every book sale to the charity, and a draw to win afternoon tea for four was launched. Beatons New Milton gives 50 pence from the sale of every Community Chai Latte and Charlton Soda to its charity of the year, throughout the year.
|A lovely contribution from a young Beatons' fan!|
And although the sun did its best to keep the crowds away, we made the stars in everyone’s eyes shine as a young guest who’d practised ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ for ten days leading up to the Open House, played the song as the intro to the Beatons’ version. His smile of pride certainly warmed everyone’s hearts!
The competition to win the biggest of our launch activity prizes - Afternoon High Tea for Four - continues in-tearooms until the end of May.
Pop in - you'll find Beatons New Milton at 30 Station Road, just down from Morrisons - and 'Guess (or count!) the Number of Teas'. The first correct answer pulled out of the teapot on June 1st will win this lovely opportunity!