Last week, the supporters of Fulham Palace celebrated this historic year in the Palace’s history with a summer garden party in the walled garden, hosted by Bishop Sarah Mullally DBE.
The event was attended by the Palace’s supporters, including the Patrons and Friends of Fulham Palace.
Sarah Mullally DBE, the current Bishop of London gave a speech at the event, thanking the Palace’s supporters generosity. She also praised the site’s recent restoration:
This restoration is able to make a difference to people’s lives. It brings people together to discover their shared history. It provides new skills, giving new knowledge, giving a sense of belonging. The history of the Bishops of London is intertwined with the history of Fulham Palace and it speaks about present and of our past, but most importantly of our future.
Bishop Sarah also presented the Bishop Compton medal – an award given to one or more individuals who have made a significant contribution to fundraising at Fulham Palace. Sir Charles Nunneley was singled out for his generosity over an ongoing period and for the instrumental part he played as a member of the Palace’s campaign board.
The market barrow was laden with plants and fresh fruit and vegetables grown in the garden’s beds. The garden apprentices, Ellie, Alphonso and Hattie were giving gardening tips and telling guests more about how they care for the Palace’s historic garden.
Guests were entertained with jazz, performed by local musician Angus Murray and The Friends of Fulham Palace held a tombola. Prizes included an original artwork – a painting of the Palace’s Gothic Lodge – and a dinner for two at Munuka Kitchen in Fulham. The tombola raised almost £1,000 which will go towards the Palace’s work.
All photographs are by Giselle Brosnahan