The Mighty Masquerade

Saturday 10th June 2023

Silas should be turning 21 this year – a big date to get our heads around. It has been nine long years since we last saw his cheeky grin and heard his contagious laugh and were enveloped in one of his trade-mark bearhugs. It remains simply unbearable that he is not here to live the rest of his life and all we can do is somehow try and stop other families from feeling our pain and work to change the dreadful outcomes for children with brain tumours – which unfortunately remain the No.1 cancer killer of children and young people under 40.

Silas loved to party so it seems right to mark this moment and raise more money for The Brain Tumour Charity at the same time and continue to give his life a long lasting legacy. So come and dine and dance the night away with us at The Mighty Boy Ball at the lovely Lynsted Park on the evening of Saturday 10th June, 2023 at 6.30pm and help us change the future for other families.

Tables are for 10 people and the ticket price of £125pp includes a drinks reception, a delicious 3 course meal and a band and DJ to encourage you onto the dance floor. Please fill in this form if you would like to commit to organising a table. Please note tickets/tables will be allocated on a first come/first serve basis. There is space for 280 people and on completion of the form you will receive an email confirming your tickets and containing payment details. If you would like to attend but do not wish to organise a table then please contact a member of the committee – Sarah Pullen, Pam Beaugié, Amanda Allfrey, Alex Fontanelli, Lucy Taylor-Smith or Katie Tribe – and they will add you to a table.

We want to make the evening glitzy and glamorous as we know people want an excuse to dress up – so come dressed in metallics – the shinier and sparklier the better. Masks are optional but many of us will be wearing them and for those wanting to come in full fancy dress feel free (perhaps there is a C3PO, iron giant or Barbarella in the offing and there are definitely some of you who already fancy yourselves as silver foxes!).

The Boring Stuff

We really want people to make a night of it so for those who are travelling from further afield come and stay in the area.

Accommodation

Hotels

The Premier Inn, Faversham – Basic but inexpensive and with 84 rooms. Walking distance from station.

Reads, Faversham – Georgian manor house with 6 comfortable and elegant bedrooms. Ten mins walk from station.

The Railway Hotel, Faversham – a friendly pub next door to the station with 7 bedrooms.

The Sun Inn, Faversham – Stylish accommodation in the heart of the town with 12 bedrooms. Walking distance to station.

The Quay, Faversham – another lovely pub with 8 bedrooms. Ten mins walk from station.

Hemspted House Hotel, Sittingbourne – a country house hotel with 34 bedrooms.

Airbnbs/rentals

We have spoken to these local Airbnbs, most of which have blocked out the dates until the end of February, so please contact them direct and mention The Mighty Ball:

Truly Kentish Holiday Lets, Teynham – in same village as event around a 5 min drive, can sleep up to 12 in 3 lodges. Please contact Louise direct through the website.

Little Orchard and Holly Lodge, Milstead – Adjoining new properties with hot tubs that sleep 6 between them only a 10 min drive from the event. Please contact Faye direct – faye.fowler@walkerresidential.co.uk for a booking and discount.

The Old Slaughter House, Throwley – sleeps up to 4 with sofa bed with use of hot tub and swimming pool about 18 min drive from the event. Please contact Lucy direct – lucymurphy@me.com

Horn Hill Cottage, Milstead – sleeps 4 guests a 10 min drive from the event. Please contact Juliette direct – jgale4@icloud.com

Getting There

Please note that there are not many taxis in Faversham so we will be laying on a bus from Faversham to the event (and returning later in the evening). It will make two pick ups – one outside Faversham train station (front entrance opposite the Railway Tavern) at 6:10pm and one at the Premier Inn at 6:15pm, so if you would like to grab a ride then please let us know – there will be an advance payment of around £10 per head (tbc once we know numbers) – if you want to reserve a space then please let one of the organisers know.

By Car

Nearest motorway is M2. Exit via Jct 5 for Sittingbourne or Jct 6 for Faversham. Head on A2 to TEYNHAM. Opposite the Co-Op in Teynham turn onto Lynsted Lane. Stay on this road through the village (past the Black Lion pub). Once out of village, road becomes St Christopher’s Row. Continue on St Christopher’s Row (past Lynsted Lane entrance to Lynsted Park) and follow EVENT signs round to left to Tickham Lane entrance to Lynsted Park and you will be directed to park in a field. You can find this entrance using What 3 Words ///arrives.opposites.amplified

By Train

Nearest train stations are Faversham and Sittingbourne. Trains depart regularly from St Pancras and Victoria. Taxis are available at both stations. Please note taxi drivers MUST enter Lynsted Park via the Lynsted Lane entrance (400 yards on left after exiting Lynsted village) at sign saying Silver Pines (bungalow) – What 3 Words ///reach.global.bother – NOT the Tickham Lane entrance.

Taxis

There are only a few taxis in the area so these will get booked up early. Please note taxi drivers MUST enter Lynsted Park via the Lynsted Lane entrance (400 yards on left after exiting Lynsted village) at sign saying Silver Pines (bungalow), NOT the Tickham Lane entrance. Reeves – 01795 536666. Starlite 01795 591066. Dolphin – 01795 700275. Sittingbourne Taxis – 01795 426600