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Birthday party is a success
2:00pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
FINE weather brought out the crowds when the Hop Pocket at Bishops Frome, near Ledbury, celebrated its 25th birthday.
The shopping village, founded and still run by the Pudge family, held a charity jamboree to celebrate the occasion.
The sunny conditions allowed children to enjoy the large new play area space, and the two climbing frames were put to good use. Staff gave away more than 350 balloons, and as ever, the children has a good go at wearing out the bouncy castle, but with no success.
The children’s activity tent was a also great success, with activities including maskmaking, all sorts of printing and painting, and a fine line in face-painting.
The Monday Handbell Ringers and Leominster Morris provided entertainment, while Leigh Sinton-based Friends of the Owls brought along a selection of feathered friends.
Manager Matthew Pudge said: “We couldn’t have hoped for a better weekend, we have had great fun, met loads of wonderful people and raised a good sum for our charities.”
The final total is not in yet, but Mr Pudge expects it to be well over £1,000, to benefit the Midlands Air Ambulance, Acorns Children’s Hospice and St Michael's Hospice.
The Hop Pocket opened as a small craft shop in August 1988 and since then it has grown to become a major shopping destination in the area
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