Coping with your Loss - Autumn/Winter 2019



Family and friends can express their sympathy with photographs adorning the wall, a memorial guest book and other forms of condolence. Welcome to the Ivy Room Redcliffe Garden Centre’s peaceful and personal wake venue W hile wakes were traditionally seen as solemn affairs often held in the

garden centre with her husband Chris. She said: “The Ivy Room has been very well received since its opening in February and has allowed us to extend our bookings for more of our popular vintage teas at £12.99 per head. Previously we have catered for a number of wakes in the Potting Shed Tearoom, but feel that now the more private space creates the right atmosphere and tone for families and friends to come together to remember a loved one. I have a fabulous team of staff who are consistently thanked for their attentive service and caring attitude.

We are always flexible with events and are more than happy to work with the family." The room is available seven days a week between 9am and 5pm and the food, both savoury and sweet, is freshly prepared on site for the event. The minimum booking is for 10 attendees, and usually needs a week's notice for bookings. Jayne, who also cooks and prepares meals at the garden centre, said that the room can be arranged as the mourners wish. She said: “Family and friends can express their sympathy with photographs adorning the wall, a memorial guest book and other forms of condolence. It is entirely up to them as to how

they want to organise the event. We are very flexible.” Jayne continued to say “The purpose of a wake is to celebrate the person who has died, so friends and family will want to reminisce and share stories, laugh or cry together in a more relaxed setting such as the Ivy Room.”

Joining the list is the Potting Shed Tearoom in Redcliffe Garden Centre, Bashley Road, Bashley, near New Milton, which now offers wake celebrations in its new event space, Ivy Room. This ideal venue is perfect because family and friends can enjoy vintage teas in a light and airy setting, in a beautifully decorated people who can be served at the tables with a choice of teas, coffees , cakes and sandwiches all served on an eclectic mix of vintage china. Wine and bottled beers are also available. The single storey room is easily accessible and is situated in a discrete part of the garden centre, so mourners need not worry about being disturbed by garden centre customers. The idea of offering the Ivy Room as a wake venue is from Jayne Warman, who owns the private event room. The Ivy Room can accommodate up to 35

home, today venues such as local pubs,

hotels, social and sports clubs are increasingly chosen as the place to celebrate a loved one’s life.



The perfect private venue to celebrate the life of your loved one.

Call for bookings or further information 01425 638926 Redcliffe Garden Centre, Bashley Road, Bashley, New Milton, BH25 5RY

Can seat up to 35 people. All menu requirements catered for. From our popular vintage tea parties, with sweet and savoury options to hot food and buffet menus, or simply tea and cake.

Please call today to discuss your requirements — we’d be happy to help. Room hire from £10 per hour.

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