Last week I took a day off from my usual duties to spend the day knocking up a few batches of caramel shortbread. It might seem like a bit of an odd thing for a Ranger to be doing, but I was preparing for a brand new event at Penshaw Monument – ‘High Tea’.
The idea of the day was to turn the Monument into the tearoom with the best views in the north east. So, on Sunday I was joined for the day by volunteer Christine and staff members Anne and Jay, all of whom had also been busy cake baking too.
Being able to take a trailer all the way up to the monument made this a much easier event to set up than the similar ‘Tea on the Topping’ where our staff and volunteers carry all the equipment to the summit of Roseberry Topping. As a result we were able to put out tables and chairs to give the monument a real tearoom feel.
We were at the mercy of the weather, but thankfully the sun came out for most of the day. A steady stream of people climbed up the hill throughout the day to be rewarded with a hot or cold drink and a piece of cake. It was a great event, both for promoting Penshaw Monument and raising some money for our conservation work.
We took around £450 in the day, all of which will go back into conservation at the property, so thanks to everyone who came along. We’ll see you again next year! Thanks too for all the volunteers who donated cakes. The leftovers are being put to good use fuelling our volunteer teams!