A SPECIAL Masquerade Ball was held to help raise vital funds in aid of local charities and causes including children’s charity. Sussex Snowdrop Trust.
Arundel Town Hall was transformed into a wonderful venue for this year’s Mayor’s Masquerade Ball.
The Holmes Chamber, in the lower level of the hall, was originally used as a magistrates court and is now the meeting place for Arundel Town Council. Guests joined in a ‘waltz’ choreographed by student Jasmine Song and enjoyed jazz music with head of jazz, Nick Reynolds, from the University of Chichester.
The Atherley Chamber, which leads onto a large terrace, accommodated 90 guests for dinner. A special ornate lantern, dating back to 1861, which is thought to be the only operational gas chandelier in Europe, was lit.
The Mayor of Arundel, Cllr Ashworth said: “It was a real privilege to be able to host an event such as this at this magnificent venue. I am so grateful to the many local suppliers who supported the event.
“The town hall looked truly stunning with Colour Pop Occasions’ inspired white and gold theme, adorned with pineapples and taffeta bows.
“All details from these suppliers added to this memorable evening, including seat covers from VIP Venues, food by Be Catering – Weddings & Events, South Down Water and place cards by
Charlotte Wilson Design. A fabulous gin bar with Blackdown Distillery, Arundel Brewery and a welcome drink from Digby Fine English was very well received. Sims Williams sponsored the stationery and great Montezuma’s chocolate bars and espressos completed the evening.”
Thanks to the generosity of suppliers and guests bidding on fun auction prizes such as a horse ride in the bluebell woods, a holiday in France and fast rib boat rides on the Solent, the event raised just over £9,000.
Snowdrop mum, Alison Woodward, bravely spoke about her son, Miles, who died and how the Sussex Snowdrop Trust had been with the family every step of their journey.
Cllr Ashworth continued: “It was so moving and poignant to hear her story, and guests had a greater appreciation of the difference raising funds make to the lives of local children who are coping with the day to day challenging of a life threatening or terminal illness.
“Guests fully embraced the masquerade theme and had a chance to dance the waltz which would have been reminiscent of years gone by with many balls at Arundel Town Hall.
“It really is a superb party venue steeped in history.”