On Tuesday 10th December 2019, The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon hosted a screening of ‘Downton Abbey’ in the Library at Highclere Castle. The event raised a huge £11,190.70 for the charity and will go towards our latest challenge, the iMRI Suite Appeal.

Guests enjoyed champagne and canapés in the Saloon before moving through into the Library, which had been transformed into a movie theatre for the evening.

Lady Carnarvon said “It was such fun to host the ‘Downton at Downton’ evening and to raise money along the way for such a worthwhile cause. It was quite extraordinary sitting in our Library watching the exact
same Library on the big screen, we all applauded as the Castle appeared.”

Sarah Parish added “What an incredible event “Downton at Downton” was. A truly magical evening watching this fantastic movie within the castle it was filmed in.
We ate delicious canapés and drank champagne in the saloon and got a chance to tour the castle and admire all the beautiful Christmas decorations. And then popcorn was handed out for the showing of the movie which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. It was a very special occasion and The Murray Parish Trust are
forever grateful to Lord and Lady Carnarvon for lending us their beautiful home for the night and for their
continuing support.”

We would like to thank everybody who joined us at Highclere for ‘Downton at Downton’ and all who organised this event. Special thanks goes to Gareth Neame and Carnival Films who donated the film for this occasion ahead of the DVD release later this month (Jan 2020) and Viking Cruises who sponsored the AV equipment for the screening.

“Viking were extremely proud to be able to support The Murray Parish Trust’s latest appeal and we wish them every success in reaching their goal to build a brand new IMRI suite at University Hospital Southampton” – Viking Cruises Ltd

 About Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. The 5,000-acre estate is in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles south of
Newbury, Berkshire. The Highclere Estate farms just over 3,000 arable acres in Hampshire. Crops include oats for horse (and human) consumption, milling and feed wheat, barley, haylage, oil seed rape, linseed and winter beans. Highclere Castle was the venue for the award winning TV series and movie Downton Abbey.

Thank you again to Lord & Lady Carnarvon and the team at Highclere Castle for their ongoing and generous support of The Murray Parish Trust. Watch this space for more fundraising events at Highclere in 2020.

Photo credit: Adam Hillier Photography

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