On Saturday 19 May, the leafy Château du Fraissinet on the edge of the Cévennes will be garlanded with bunting and balloons in honour of Harry and Meghan’s big day. We are holding a charity Garden Party to celebrate the Royal Wedding, with all proceeds going to the Nepal Remote Villages Trust. It was set up by Chris and I on our return from a wonderful trek in the Annapurna region in 2014.
We spent many evenings chatting to our guide, Pasang Tamang, who grew up in northern Khotang in the foothills below Everest. He vividly described life in his subsistence farming community, explaining that nothing had really changed in the past 20 years and the people remained very poor. Conﬁdent of the generosity of our friends and acquaintances, we organised a dinner and raised money to buy a cow for Pasang’s home village of Jaleshwari. The event was so successful that we registered Nepal Remote Villages Trust as a charity to offer practical aid to this remote area.
Nepalrvt has evolved over the past four years and now has a branch in Kathmandu, with Pasang as the chairman. Several projects have been completed, including earthquake relief and, most recently, supplying educational resources and solar panels to three schools that previously had no electricity. On a trip last year, Chris witnessed children’s enthralled faces as they watched their ﬁrst movie projected on to a big screen — The Blue Planet.
The wedding itself will be streamed live on the garden terrace at the Château, as guests enjoy a home-cooked buffet lunch and sample local wine.
Holding a party for Nepal to celebrate the Royal Wedding makes perfect sense, as Prince Harry has many links with the Gurkha regiment and visited the country in 2016.
Following the meal, world-class highwire artist Jade Kindar-Martin, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Sainte-Cécile- d’Andorge, will thrill guests with his fearless act. Jade is American, so his presence continues the transatlantic theme of Harry and Meghan’s wedding, as well as offering a huge wow factor.
Jade’s wire-walk is followed by live music from Dick Clarke’s Rhythm ‘n’ Booze. This rock-and-roll band features Dick himself, together with two French musicians from the Gard. All three have a history of playing professionally, and are guaranteed to get everyone dancing.
Proceeds from the party will buy solar panels and educational resources for Rhupangmare school, which is close to Jaleshwari.
For information on Nepal Remote Villages Trust, visit www.nepalrvt.org.
Le Fraissinet, 30110 Branoux-les-Taillades