International Picnic

The Alfred Gillett Trust, with assistance from the Mendip Migrant Forum, held an International Picnic on Saturday 30 July at The Grange.

The picnic had been organised to bring communities in Somerset together and celebrate the cultural diversity that the county is so proud of. Everyone from across Somerset was welcome to attend and lots of people joined us for an afternoon of great food and garden games.

Cllr Philip Ham, Chair of the Mendip Migrant Forum, said: “It’s now more important than ever to make everyone, no matter their nationality, feel part of the community and I believe this picnic went a long way to achieving this.

“Unfortunately it’s too easy for people to feel isolated in a rural community so by holding this event we hoped to break down cultural walls and bring everyone together to share experiences. This was a great event and we had a wonderful afternoon full of food and fun all set in a beautiful location.”

Rowan Brown, Director at The Alfred Gillett Trust said: “The Alfred Gillett Trust is delighted to partner with the Mendip Migrant Forum to host our first International Picnic at the Grange. Since the Clark Family purchased the Grange site in 1890, it has welcomed migrants and refugees from across the world and we are very proud to be continuing that tradition and celebrating Somerset’s rich diversity at a time when community cohesion is threatened by world events.” 

The Alfred Gillett Trust, which looks after the Clarks family archive, also put on a display of the history of refugees in Somerset and how the Clarks family have been at the forefront of helping those most in need.

A Somerset Cream Tea was provided for all guests and The Alfred Gillett Trust and the Mendip Migrants Forum would like to thank Sainsbury’s in Street for donating the scones, Tesco in Glastonbury for donating the jam, Bruton Dairy for donating the cream, Morrison’s in Glastonbury and Pret a Manger in Clarks Village for donating a selection of sandwiches.

The Alfred Gillett Trust would also like to thank The Clark Foundation for their recent grant which helped to make this event possible and Kellie Bradley for photographing the event.

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The Alfred Gillett Trust held a free raffle into which all visitors were offered the chance to take part in. There were five prizes of £75 to be spent on footwear in Street. The Trust will accompany the winners on the shopping trip documenting the shoe buying process and buying duplicates of the winners purchases to inform a future temporary exhibition. The Trust intends to donate the duplicate shoes to a refugee charity following the exhibition.

What some our Guests said….

Fantastic, Friendly, Welcoming, please do it again

Nice day and nice weather, I want to come again

We enjoyed the event very much. We thank the organisers. The raffle was great and it was also good to meet other Syrians.

This has been really important! I hope this is the beginning for bringing together folk from such different places and histories!

The Alfred Gillett Trust launched a new pilot project documenting the ‘Feet of Street’, which can be found on our Instagram page

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