More photos from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party:



Mad Hatter Tea Party photos keep trickling in from the Chagford Library community. The photo above and the next five below were taken by Carol Amos, the last three were taken by Ray Hartle. Thank you, Carol and Ray!


William Todd-Jones enthralls children with his ferret puppet.


Mad hats are everywhere.


Above, Jenny Gayton, Wendy, and Lucy Sheilds staff the ‘Friends of Chagford Library’ and ‘Ex Libras’ information tables.


Above and below, the Dormouse makes friends.



The Mad Hatter inspects the raffle cake,


Above, the Queen of Hearts: Chagford’s beloved librarian, Erica Loram.

Below, Becky Doe and Howard Gayton fill the hall with music, while the Dormouse listens to a child’s secrets.

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You’ll find the rest of the Mad Hatter Tea Party pictures here (just follow the link and scroll down the page).

And if you’ve got any good pictures of Chagford Library events to share, please email them to: friendsofchagfordlibrary [at] gmail [dot] com.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party


Mad Hatter photos by Rachel

We’ve got more Mad Hatter’s Tea Party photos for you, this time from Friends of Chagford Library member Rachel Basham (a.k.a. The Cheshire Cat), who designed and co-organised the event.

If you’ve got some good photos to share, please send them to us. For all the photos so far, go here.



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The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party


A wee bit of dormouse dancing, in one of the rare moments that the dormouse wasn’t surrounded by small children at the Mad Hatter’s Tea. The musicians are Becky Doe and Howard Gayton, who provided wonderful music throughout the event. The video is courtesy of Suzi Crockford.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party


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Photographs from the party by Lin Copeland.

Above, before the party starts. The long tea table is set with vintage tablecloths and flowers in old teapots, and strewn with Alice in Wonderland quotes. (Party design by Rachel Basham.) Community groups are setting up tables around the edges of the room showing their support for Chagford Library.

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Above, just some of the many cakes, cookies, tarts and scones donated by bakers in our community, served on vintage china.


Above, top row: The door to the library. Andy Letcher playing bagpipes while the Dormouse heads for the library followed by three small girls all dressed as Alice.

Middle row: Chagword (Dartmoor’s Literary Festival) and the Chagford Swimming Pool are among the groups and organisations gathered to show support for the library.

Bottom row: Photos from the Extreme Reading Photo Competition (co-sponsored by The Mess Youth Centre); and a story about the importance of libraries contributed by storyteller Dan Worsley (with space on the board around it for people to add their own stories).

More photos to come.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party


Tea Party photos by Ann Higgens

Five photos from the day sent in by Friends member Ann Higgens — who was part of the hardworking “Pack of Cards” running the kitchen. (Thank you, kitchen team!)

Above, top left: The King of Hearts (Peter Shields). Top right: The Duchess and her Consort (Susan Harley & Neil Tappenden) photographed by Carol Amos, with violinist Becky Doe on stage in the background. Bottom left: Andy Letcher, who kicked off the party with with his pipes. Bottom right: Jenny & Steve Dooley in their top hats.

More tea party photos to come. (If you have any you’d like to share, please sent them to:

A Magical Cake for Chagford Library


photo(1)Here’s a picture of the utterly amazing “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” cake made by Diana Dench and raffled off on Saturday to raise money for the “Save Our Library” campaign.

Every single part of this cake is edible — including the books and tea cup. Click on the picture to see a larger version of this delicious work of art.

Photograph by Ann Higgens.



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Schedule of events:

2:00: The Hall opens. Let there be cake!
3:00: Mad Hat Competition judging, Jubilee Hall. Bounce & Rhyme in the Library.
3:30 Extreme Reading Photo Competition judging, Jubilee Hall.

Come see a book of letters & drawings about the library created by Chagford school children, the results of the Extreme Reading photo competition, and displays by over a dozen community groups who have come together to support the library.

Live music:
Andy Letcher on bagpipes, to open the event
Becky Doe & Howard Gayton, on violin & guitar

Wear a “mad hat,” full fancy dress, or just come as you are!
Need a costume? We’ll have a few available on the day, both children and adult sized.

Admission, plus tea & cake, is FREE.

(Donations to the “Save Chagford Library” campaign are welcome.)

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NEW LIBRARY MEMBERS: It’s easy to get a card if you live in Devon. You don’t need to bring documentation with you; just speak to Erica in the library and fill out a simple information form. Let’s get as many people signed up as possible!

RIDES OFFERED: If you know anyone who would like to attend but has difficulty with mobility due to age or infirmary, please contact us (contact info on the poster). There are volunteers willing to give rides to and from the event.


Costumes provided by the Chagford Pantomime, Jennifer Gayton, & William Todd-Jones; comestibles by the Chagford community; poster art & design by David Wyatt; and book binding (for the children’s letters & drawings) by Rima Staines.

Bounce & Rhyme



For those of you bringing little ones to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Saturday, 12 July, there will be a Bounce & Rhyme session at the library at 3:00, hosted by the Queen of Hearts (otherwise known as librarian Erica Loram).

Photograph by Wendi Riggens. You can see more of her charming fairy tale photographs here.