Chiswick House & Gardens Needs Your Help

Fundraising Brick by Brick

The Chiswick & Brentford Rotary Club plans to support, through corporate sponsorship, the raising of £75,000 over the next year for the Chiswick House estate. This Grade 1 historic building is the finest example of neo-Palladian architecture in the UK, and its Gardens were the starting point of the English Landscape movement. Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire called it her “earthly paradise”.

Due to Covid-19 the estate has lost half of its annual income of £1m because its cash-raising events have had to be cancelled. In spite of the expense, the gardens have been kept open during lockdown, and have continued to provide a welcome haven of peace and tranquillity for the local community. There is an urgent need to replace the lost income so that the estate can continue to be available to all.

The charity Chiswick House Friends is building a 2m long, 50,000 LEGO® brick model of the House, brick-by-brick through online sale, with all funds going to the estate. Once completed, the model will be a resource the education of local school children about the history and architecture of this unique building. The model is historically interesting because it shows the House with Wings as it was for most of its life and during Victorian times.

About £17,000 of the target of £75,000 target has so far been donated by individuals, with bricks being added as donations are made. However, the time has come to expand the fund- raising to corporate and organisational sponsorship, and this is where our Rotary Club can help, using its community and commercial contacts.

How Can You Help?

The project is described in more detail at https://chfriends.org.uk/lego-model.

Individual donations can be made through this link or directly to https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ChiswickHouseLegoModel(please identify your donation as “CBRotary” in one of the Just Giving panels).

If you know of a corporate or organisation body able to sponsor the project, in exchange for publicity, tailor made videos or showroom loan of the completed model, please contact our Community Officer at johnarmstrong1@blueyonder.co.uk.

Events

12th August (Weds): Webinar by John Armstrong “The Three Ages of Chiswick House, and How They Inspired a Lego Model“, tickets from:

14/15th August (Sat)Summer Open Days, 11-4pm. CHF and our Rotary club will display the model and take donations, in Chiswick House walled gardens. Book via:

25th August (Tues, 7pm)Webinar on Chiswick House and its Lego Model, Angela Purtill, to C&B Rotary Club

26th September (Sat, 3pm)The Charity (Promises) Auction, organised by Trust and Chiswick Auctions.Modelondisplay,andthesubjectofa“promise”,yettobedefined,thatpeoplebid for. Updates and call for donationsfrom: