Annual Party at Shardeloes

Announcement Date: 2nd September 1899

By the kindness and the Squire and Mrs Tyrwhitt Drake, the children attending St Mary’s Day and Sunday Schools and Wooburn School were entertained at Shardeloes (the workmen and their wives and families being included) on Saturday afternoon in delightful weather. The children met at the school and headed by the Amersham Brass Band marched in procession through the park as far as the Library gate leading into the pleasure grounds surrounding the mansion. Three spacious marquees had been erected under the shade of the fine old trees, and here the tables were laid with a substantial repast consisting cake, bread and butter, sandwiches, fruit etc. Every attention was paid to the wants of the visitors by Messrs. Meredith and Atkinson, Mr Bunch, Miss Welch, assisted by the teachers and others. Old English games were provided, and prises and presents of various values distributed to the winners of the several events. The house party in additional to Mr & Mrs Tyrwhitt Drake, were Rev E T Drake, Mr & Mrs GPT Drake and family Captain and Miss MCT Drake and family, Miss Smith – Dorrien (Haresfoot), Miss Smith – Dorrien (Hartwell) Mr H P Smith – Dorrien (Gerrards Cross) Revs F Le Clerk Faught, W Ferry,  etc. All of whom did what lay in their power to make everyone feel at home. Two of the tents were supplied by Messrs G J Young and Co. of High Wycombe. At 7.30 light refreshments were served to all present, the children receiving a bun each. About 8 the happy party were arranged in the carriage drive near the lawn fence which was illuminated with Chinese lanterns and gave a pretty effect. A splendid display of fireworks was made by MR JC Wells of Honor Oak Park London who was several times applauded by the crowd. Hearty sheers were given for the Squire and Mrs Tyrwhitt Drake also for the ladies and gentlemen who had rendered such valuable assistance. The band after playing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and the National Album then led the way to the town all feeling that they had spent a most enjoyable time. The flower beds were admired by all and Mr England the head Gardener may be congratulated on their appearance after such a long spell of drought. Though the fact was not mentioned on Saturday, it may be stated here that the Squire and Mrs Tyrwhitt Drake celebrate silver wedding on the 4th. All their neighbours and friends wish them a long life and happiness.