Garden party to celebrate extension at Hinwick Hall College goes ahead indoors

Ann Maris at the Hinwick Hall College garden party on Saturday, June 23, 2012
Ann Maris at the Hinwick Hall College garden party on Saturday, June 23, 2012

Despite gloomy weather, students and staff at Hinwick Hall College went ahead with a planned garden party by moving it inside.

Guests braved the breeze to watch as Ann Maris of the Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust formally opened the extension to Orlebar House at the college, which is used as residential accommodation for students using wheelchairs.

The building work has provided students with better, more accessible facilities.

After being shown the extension by students they joined students and staff in the Common Room for refreshments and entertainment by the U3A Singing for Fun group.

The extension was largely funded by the Trust and has provided students with a large communal area for cooking, eating and relaxing together plus a patio area for warmer days.

Other guests at the garden party included regular supporters and governors of the college, which is part of the charity Livability.

Elsbeth Tibbetts, Hinwick Hall College’s acting principal, said, “We were delighted to welcome friends and supporters to Hinwick so that we could acknowledge their contribution to helping us provide young disabled people with the best facilities and opportunities for the future. In a time of increased financial pressure for all charities their generosity funds the extras which make Hinwick so special.”