Yesterday, the Dorset Youth Association played host to a royal garden party for around 200 guests at Moreton Gardens. The event was held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dorset Youth Association and many organisations under it's umbrella attended, with a special visit from His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward).
The event was run very successfully and we were able to inform the Prince about our new project.
Jenny and Issy were the press officers for the day and showed the Echo reporter and Dorset Life editor around the marquees displaying information from various DYA organisations. During this time they were able to share information about our project. They were even offered the fantastic opportunity to write an 1000 word article about DYA's incredible 70-year history for the Dorset Life magazine with a deadline at the end of August.
Edward was in charge of Geocaching on the day and set a mini Geocaching course for young people to get a taste for GPS treasure hunting, which proved very popular.
Connor and Alex were welcoming people on the gate, helping the caterers and talking to people about the history involved in our project.
Jack was presented with a certificate which acknowledges his hard work volunteering with youth services.
We were even treated to a delicious array of mini nibbles, including sandwiches, scones and cakes with squash and lemonade. Very refreshing on a hot day!
There was a range of games available for young people to play in the gardens which some of us tried ourselves as they looked too fun to resist!
The event was even featured in the Echo with some quotes from us about the project!
Read the article here:
|The food and band marquee!|
|The plaque unveiled by the Prince|
|Our project board!|
|Routes - 'Walking in their Shoes' project group in our marquee at the garden party|
|70 years of DYA!|
|Prince Edward makes his entrance and talks to volunteers about their projects|