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Do you fancy being a patron?

By Bridget Osborne

Do you fancy being a patron? 4 July 2017

Chiswick House is looking for “Summer Parlour Patrons”

Chiswick House & Gardens Trust has recently taken over the running of the Grade 1 listed house and needs the wherewithal to run it as well as the magnificently restored 18th Century Gardens, created by Lord Burlington and William Kent and managed now by Geraldine King and her staff with a posse of volunteers. We rather take for granted the freedom to roam the award winning 65 acre estate from 7.00 am until dusk every day for free and appreciate the lake, the classic bridge, the cascade, the Italian Garden, the Orange Tree Garden and so forth, but keeping it looking so good costs money.

The Trust is pleased to announce that they will be opening the house and holding more events there. I went to ‘Light Divine, Night Sublime’ recently, an evening of Handel’s music with a very entertaining narrator telling us about the life of the great composer, sponsored by Horton & Garton estate agents. It was lovely sitting in the neo-Palladian splendour of the central domed reception room and being transported back to the 1700s by world class musicians.

Director Clare O’Brien announced the launch of the “Summer Parlour Patrons” scheme. For £250 you will be invited to a gala reception in the house with the Chairman and members can also look forward to ‘exclusive tours, insider guides to the history and personalities of Chiswick, and early access to the Trust’s events’. Fundraising Manager Kate Edmunds would love to hear from you. Tel: 0203 141 3365 / email: kate.edmunds@chgt.org.uk