Tuesday, 22 March 2016


Myself & Dan Hannan

The Campaign - Vote Leave, Take Control

On Friday 26th February 84 people attended WoodlandsCastle's lunch along with special guest Dan Hannan MEP.

Guests were greeted with a Woodlands Castle special mocktail, consisting of delicious apples, grounded ginger and a subtle mint. These were a big hit along with the 2 course lunch and the venue itself!

A 2 hour speech was delivered by Dan Hannan MEP about why the UK should leave the European Union, branding the EU as 'obsolete' and no longer necessary. He believes that the UK can benefit from unhindered trade agreements with India and China, which is something that we are currently unable to do by being in the EU.

For more infromation and events relating t this matter please take a look at the website: http://www.voteleavetakecontrol.org/campaign

Myself, Dan Hannan, Lt Commander Mark Chichester

Friday, 5 February 2016

Vote Leave - Taunton Lunch at Woodlands Castle

 Vote Leave

Taunton Lunch at Woodlands Castle

Friday 26th February 2016, 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Come an enjoy a two-course lunch with coffee and welcoming mocktail in the company of special guests  Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of Vote Leave and Dan Hannan MEP 
Tickets are £27.50 each or tables of 10 for £250
Students tickets are available for £25.00 each or tables of 10 for £230

Please contact Thomas Jarman at the Venue on 0182344955 to RSVP and make a payment for the tickets you wish to purchase.
There is a 3% surcharge for card payments. If paying by cheque please make those payable to 'Woodland Weddings LTD.
Please notify special dietary requirements at the time of booking. 
For all other enquiries about the event, please call Marjorie Baylis: 01398 351266

The Campaign

Why are we campaigning for 'leave'?

Technological and economic forces are changing the world fast. EU institutions cannot cope. We have lost control of vital policies. This is damaging. We need a new relationship. What happens if we vote 'leave'?

We should negotiate a new UK-EU deal based on free trade and friendly cooperation. We end the supremacy of EU law. We regain control. We stop sending £350 million every week to Brussels and instead spend it on our priorities, like the NHS and science research.

We regain our seats on international institutions like the World Trade Organisations so we are a more influential force for free trade and international cooperation.

A vote to 'leave' and a better, friendlier relationship with the EU is much safer than giving Brussels nore power and money every year.


Friday, 20 November 2015

Macmillan Christmas Fair 2015 at Maunsel House

Monday 23rd November, 4:00 - 9:00pm
Tuesday 24th November, 10:00 - 4:30pm
Entry £4 (children free)

Enjoy a magical, festive shopping experience in the beautiful historic Maunsel House including a silent auction in the Dining Room for Macmillan Cancer Support.

NEW FOR 2015! Enjoy festive songs from the award-winning Bleadon Belles choir!

Stalls include:
Christmas delectables, decorations, flower arrangements, jewellery, gifts for gentlemen, handmade soaps, vintage clothing, works of art, bags, throws, cushions, knitwear, photography, cards, ribbons, stationery items, table decor, magnificent candles, interior design, furniture, gifts and accessories, silk jackets, scarves, beaded belts, skincare products, gilets, silk blouses, lamps and shades, driftwood inspired items, textile art, teddy bears, home furnishings, artistic glass, evening wear, children’s books and costumes, vintage china, antiques and collectables (at time of writing).

Food available to purchase
Magnificent hog roast on Tuesday
Grand draw – Christmas hamper, festive flowers, gorgeous gifts from stallholders.

Please note: Plenty of car parking but disabled access is limited.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Ascot 2015

I great time had by all at Royal Ascot 2015 last week!

Pictured at the White's tent
Left to right: The Hon Iona Debarge, Sir Benjamin Slade, The Hon Mrs Avon Cayzer
Left to right: The Hon Iona Debarge, Sir Benjamin Slade, The Hon Mrs Avon Cayzer
Left to right: The Hon Iona Debarge, Mr Olivier Debarge, Sir Benjamin Slade, The Hon Mrs Avon Cayzer and The Hon Avon Cayzer
Left to right: The Hon Iona Debarge, Mr Olivier Debarge, Sir Benjamin Slade, The Hon Mrs Avon Cayzer

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Easter Sunday

I had a most enjoyable Easter Sunday in the company of good friends.
The children enjoyed time on the lawn with Disney characters, an egg hunt, singing and games. After the vast number of mini princesses and princes left my guests and I enjoyed the sunshine and had a rustic buffet lunch - Glorious!

Images taken by the wonderful Miss Angelina Giampaglia

Ms Samantha Hitchcott, Mrs Aniko Mitchell, Mrs Gemma Taunton-Veal , The Earl of Shannon , Alexa Giampaglia , Zara Pledge-Giampaglia, Emily Hitchcott, Charley Hitchcott, Phoebe Mitchell, Jessica Mitchell , Amelia Taunton–Veal 

Sir Benjamin Slade & Mrs Gemma Taunton-Veal

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The paper's get it wrong.....again!

An article recently featured in Bridgwater Mercury “Aristocrat places curse on painting purchaser” and Somerset County Gazette “Aristocrat Sir Benjamin Slade issues curse in 18th century portrait painting dispute” regarding a missing painting in American owned by me. Some of the facts mentioned in these articles were incorrect so I wrote to the papers to point out the following:

Sir Michael Slade, my father, died in 1962. My furniture and possessions were initially stored by my elder sister Lady Rotherwick (nee Sarah Jane Slade), as I was only 16. When she moved house in 1967, this furniture all went into storage with Chapmans of Taunton. It was taken out of storage in 1974 and all bills were paid.  Lady Rotherwick died in 1978. Some of the property, including this portrait, disappeared and seemed to have been lost either by Lady Rotherwick or the storage company, Chapmans, and sold dishonestly to America. Ninety per cent of the furniture is now in my possession – the remaining 10% being the objects purloined by Lady Rotherwick and family.

I hope this clears things up.