Ceilidh success for 35 year celebration! 

Happy birthday to us! We celebrated 35 years at the Guildhall on Friday 8 November with a ceilidh and mini-auction raising a fantastic amount that will continue to support our student artist bursary.  

The evening was filled with great food, good fun, lots of dancing, as well as a raffle and auction. Local artist Samantha Ellis donated an amazing interpretation of London’s Oxford Street for the auction. As Sam says: ‘Nothing fills me with the Christmas spirit quite like a walk down an illuminated Oxford Street, with yuletide music coming from every doorway. A truly wonderful place for our wonderful world! For a wonderful charity.” The piece sold for a fantastic £750.

‘It was brilliant,’ said Tracey, a student artist who attends Rowan three times a week working in the woodwork studio as well as attending forest school on a Friday, ‘I was so happy we had the chance to dance at the Guildhall with my friends and other people who support us. I have been coming to Rowan for a long time. Learning new skills and being with my friends makes me so happy.’ 

Operations Manager Des Trollip said: ‘A huge thank you to everyone who joined us. To have so many people together from students, staff, volunteers, local businesses and supporters was wonderful! Thank you to our Patron, Dame Norma Major, the Mayor of Cambridge Gerri Bird and Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, for attending. Here is to the next 35 years!’ 

Rowan is delighted to be one of the Mayor of Cambridge’s charities of the year and as such was allowed to host this special event at the Guildhall. A thank you to Rowan’s main sponsor ARM. Thank you is also due to all of our sponsors, caterers, supporters and of course The Head in the Sand Ceilidh Band  who made the evening such a success! 

See all the fun had on the evening by clicking the button below. A big thank you to Lucinda Price and Jade Hairs for capturing the evening.