Fundraising Success for Calne Our Place


Published: 07/04/2017

by Calne Our Place


Community tourism group Calne Our Place put their town on the map for Visit England’s national English Tourism Week with an evening of local dining and entertainment on Thursday 30th March titled ‘All About Calne’ at the newly refurbished Lansdowne Strand Hotel.

The event, which included a buffet supper featuring products from the Calne area, raised a total of £607 to support the work of Calne Our Place and the promotion and enjoyment of Calne through ticket sales, a raffle and a donation. Guests enjoyed a talk from Robert Buttle, who spoke about his Rare Breed Pigs at nearby Buttle Farm and Calne’s historic Wiltshire Cure process. Calne Heritage Centre curator Sue Boddington also tested the audience’s knowledge of Calne’s history with a quiz. The evening was compered by local author and guide Peter Knight of Stone Seeker Tours.

Calne Our Place volunteer and local resident Jennifer Dunthorne said “Volunteers of Calne Our Place are delighted to have raised over £600, and I was pleased to see so many local people come out to support us. Thanks also to The Lansdowne Hotel for hosting the event, as well as all who sold tickets, helped on the night and the Calne businesses and individuals who donated raffle prizes. The money raised will hopefully be matched with other funds to provide new signage for Calne, equipment for the Heritage Centre and support the promotion of our town as a special place to visit.”

As part of English Tourism Week, Calne Our Place and Calne Town Council also invited local tourism and hospitality businesses to enjoy a free guided tour of Calne Heritage Quarter on Tuesday 28th March. The walk, led by local historian Nick Baxter, was followed by talks from Calne Heritage Centre Curator Sue Boddington, Alan Truscott from Community First, Theresa Hopwood from Visit Wiltshire and Claire Selman from Calne Town Council.

Guests included Blackland Lakes, Sampaguita Cafe, Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum and Buttle Farm. Barbara Walden of Blackland Lakes Campsite said “Thank you so much for organizing such an informative day with very interesting speakers. It was good to meet other people committed to promoting tourism in Wiltshire.”
Calne Our Place is a community tourism group managed and supported by volunteers. Follow the group on Facebook to stay up-to-date with their latest news and find out about volunteering opportunities.