On October 13th The Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust will be hosting the Henry Yates Thompson Fundraising Dinner in an effort to maintain the restoration of the grade II* listed building.
In 1896, Henry Yates gifted £10,000 to construct the ‘great conservatory’ of Sefton Park, (now known as the Palm House) for the benefit of the people of Liverpool. Since then, the city has struggled to protect the historic building, yet it has survived suffragette bomb attempts and was re-glazed in 1950 with costs covered by War Restoration funds following the Liverpool Blitz.
Further efforts were made in the 1980’s to save the Palm House from closure as a group of locals launched a nationwide campaign in The Echo. They succeeded and were awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £3.5 million to support and the complete restoration. This group, known as The Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust, now hold an annual fundraising diner to continue the work of themselves and of Henry Yates.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘The Enchanted Garden’ and will include a four course dinner as well as performances from local artists such as The Lantern Company, operatic singers, ballerinas, aerial artists and a string quartet. Complimentary drinks will be provided on arrival and the evening’s festivities will culminate in a celebratory firework display.
Tickets can be purchased for £75 online, from the front desk of the Palm House or by calling the Palm House directly on 0151 726 9304.