Party time in Twyford

PUBLISHED: 12:43 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:16 05 April 2013

Sheeplands owner Rob Scott welcomes guests to the tea party

Sheeplands owner Rob Scott welcomes guests to the tea party

Hare Hatch Sheeplands marks 20th anniversary of its opening

There were celebrations all round at Hare Hatch Sheeplands as the Twyford garden centre staged two days of fun activities to mark the 20th anniversary of its opening.

Go karting, fairground rides and a host of entertainers kept 80 young guests happy on Saturday and on Sunday a further 130 guests had the chance to enjoy a traditional English tea party.

Owner Rob Scott told Sundays guests that, together with former partner Curtis Leach, he bought what was then a derelict fruit and vegetable nursery in January 1993 and after a lot of hard work opened to the public as Hare Hatch nursery in May that year.

I realised the potential the moment I saw the place and just fell in love with it, he said.

In 2003 Pet Stop moved across the A4 to locate on the site and it was followed in 2007 by Sheeplands farm shop.

Entertainment was provided on Sunday by the Julia George Trio and guest Frank Moore, a customer since 1993, thanked staff for organising the afternoons activities.

The weekends activities also raised money for the centres chosen charities, Twyford Charities Together and Pancreatic Cancer Action.

The centres own birthday was not the only one being celebrated. Financial Controller George Parker and Marketing Manager Andrea Burlingham started early as they look forward to enjoying their own birthdays this Sunday (March 24) when George will be 47 and Andrea 40.

A shared birthday is not the only thing they have in common as both were educated at Bristol University. To add to the string of coincidences George and Rob Scott both attended Kings College School in Wimbledon as youngsters.

Andrea and George have both been with the company for 10 years. George now lives in Charvil and Andrea in Hare Hatch.

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