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Charity Christmas Carols at Island Hall

December 12, 2016

Island Hall Christmas 2015

16th December 2017 from 7.30pm – 9.30pm

It’s that time of year again! Island Hall is hosting its 33rd annual Charity Carol Concert, this year in aide of the PSP Association“Working for a World Free of PSP”

Tickets £25.00 each, including refreshments.

There are a few tickets still available, please email us directly for ticket purchasing information or simply to make a donation:

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a rare neurological condition that leads to difficulties with balance, movements, vision, speech and swallowing.

There is no cure.

The PSP Association (PSPA) offers support and information to people living with PSP, while funding research into the condition. Our aim is that people affected by PSP do not feel they have to face the future alone.

We rely entirely on voluntary donations.

To find out how you can support there vital work visit: or find them on Facebook & Twitter.

Christmas Tree

As always we are privileged to have the singers of Tapestry mixed-voice, a-cappella chamber choir performing.




Garden Open This Weekend!

May 23, 2016

2016 Charity Garden Open Date Sunday 29th May

23rd Annual CHARITY GARDEN OPENING for the National Gardens Scheme proudly supporting:

Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Perennial and Parkinson’s UK

Also enjoy our annual PLANT SALE & TEAS all in aid of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester

Sunday 29th  11.00am – 5.00pm

PAY AT GATE £4.00 per adult, children free.

Since its foundation, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £45 million to nominated beneficiaries, of which nearly £23 million has been donated within the last ten years. Your continuing support means that for most of their beneficiaries NGS are the largest cumulative donor in their histories.

We’re getting busy preparing for you!

Island Hall

Island Hall

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Island Hall

The Bridge is Back!

February 10, 2016

Island Hall Chinese Bridge

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If you live locally you may have noticed that our Ornamental Chinese Bridge, linking the garden to the Island has been missing for the last few months. The bridge was in fact a replica of the original 18thcentury bridge, based on family photographs which we have of the original. It was rebuilt in 1988, the bridge’s restoration received the 1989 Environmental trophy from the Rotary Club of Huntingdon, and the Cambridge Association of Architects Craftsmanship Award in the same year. The copy made by Cambridge based Coulson’s has sadly not lasted very long and last year the difficult decision was made to replace it once again, this time the project has been undertaken by the local Godmanchester company Jacowe Joinery.

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The Island Hall Chinese Bridge was the original inspiration for Godmanchester’s own (larger!) landmark, Chinese Bridge and we are very happy to see it coming together so nicely!

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Watch this space for the official Bridge Opening, later on this year.

Many thanks to Alan Hooker G.P.S for his wonderful images

2016 Special Offer! Civil Ceremony Canapé & Sparkling Wine Reception for 80 guests – ALL INCLUSIVE DATES

January 22, 2016

Martin Beard Wedding Photography

2016 Special Offer! Civil Ceremony, followed by Canapé & Sparkling Wine Reception for 80 guests – £2,950.00 ALL INCLUSIVE – you just need to pay your registrar fees!

Marry in a mansion exclusively for you and your guests: Enjoy a romantic and intimate ceremony in our beautiful stone flagged hall, say “I do” at the foot of our grand, carved oak staircase, then treat your guests to a sparkling wine and tasty canapé reception in the beautiful, elegant riverside gardens, with a river island, nothing but green as far as the eye can see and views over one of the largest water meadows in Europe.

Civil Wedding capacity is a maximum of 80 guests.

Offer includes:

  • Venue Hire
  • 2hours access for set up the previous day.
  • Coordination before your wedding day.
  • 2 members of Island Hall Staff to run your event.
  • 1 fully licensed S.I.A security guard throughout your event.
  • Use of our Civil License.
  • A reception in house & grounds, of up to 2hours (including photo opportunities).
  • Uniformed waiting & kitchen staff.
  • All glassware, crockery and table linen.
  • 2 glasses of sparkling wine or sparkling elderflower per guest.
  • 4 canapés per guest (to be selected from a menu).

Please note: If you choose to add additional drinks and canapé options a surcharge will apply.

Bowl food upgrade available – replace your canapés with bowl food to give your guests something extra.

Valid Dates 2016:

Saturday 28th May

Friday 10th June, Saturday 11th June, Saturday 18th June, Friday 24th June & Sunday 26th June

Saturday 6th August

Please contact us directly: quoting: 2016 Civil Ceremony Offer

Only valid on stated dates and for a maximum of 80 guests, Island Hall reserve the right to withdraw the offer at anytime. Offer is only secured on receipt of deposit and signed contract.

ADDITIONALLY you need to pay for events insurance (totally approx £60.00) as well as your registrar fees £450.00 (directly to Cambridgeshire County Council, please visit;


2016 Open Tour Dates Announced!

January 7, 2016

These are scheduled tours for small groups (groups of under twenty), couples or individuals, that you can join, with like minded people to view the house and gardens guided by a member of the family. Included in your admission is homemade tea with finger sandwiches and cake 17.50 pounds per head.

Island Hall Tours


Join award-winning interior designer, owner Christopher Vane Percy for an intimate afternoon tour. Listen to the intriguing stories of Island Hall’s history and tales of its residents past and present, then enjoy a delicious full homemade tea with fresh, finger sandwiches and a slice of fresh Victoria Sponge.

Teas at Island Hall




Mayor of Peterborough Cllr George Simons and Cllr Debbie Townsend Mayor of St Ives enjoy their tea


Thursday 21st 2.30pm


Wednesday 18th 2.30pm


Wednesday 22nd 2.30pm


Wednesday 6th  2.30pm


Thursday 4th 2.30pm


Thursday 1st 2.30pm

Wednesday 28th 2.30pm


Saturday 19th 3.00pm *Special Candlelit Tour


Thursday 8th 3.00pm *Special Festive Victorian Christmas Candlelit Tour

*Special Candlelit Tours are a magical opportunity to experience Island Hall’s lovingly restored Georgian rooms by glittering candlelight. Join award-winning interior designer, owner Christopher Vane Percy for an atmospheric afternoon tour. Listen to the intriguing stories of Island Hall’s history and tales of its residents past and present, then enjoy a delicious full homemade tea with fresh, finger sandwiches and a slice of rich, festive cake. Places are limited to 16 for these tours

Island Hall Christmas Tree


Countdown to Our Annual Charity Carol Concert on 11th December 2015

December 8, 2015

Island Hall Christmas 2015

This year: “Carols at Island Hall”

In aid of

‘An Amphitheatre of Trees’

Godmanchester’s Living Legacy, commemorating World War I

The Committee acknowledges with gratitude the generosity and public spirit of Christopher and Lady Linda Vane Percy in providing their beautiful home at Island Hall as the setting for this Christmas Carol Concert and for agreeing that the proceeds should be donated to core funding for Godmanchester’s An Amphitheatre of Trees project.

Tickets are £25.00 please email us: for a booking form. N.B places are limited and we are almost at capacity!

Generously Performed by:


“Tapestry” is a mixed-voice, a-cappella chamber choir of thirteen singers based in Cambridgeshire, U.K. Formed in 1996, our repertoire has grown considerably every year, offering period and contemporary sacred music, via a wide variety of genres, to more up-beat popular songs − almost always unaccompanied.

We are grateful to All Saints Church, Huntingdon for allowing us to rehearse with an excellent acoustic, and to the Free Church (URC) St Ives, the venue for many concerts.

Tapestry performs ten to twelve concerts/services per year and enjoy fundraising concerts, weddings and other celebrations. If you would like to know more visit their website:

Christmas Tree

More about the community project:

‘An Amphitheatre of Trees’ offers the opportunity to create an iconic, living landmark of over seventy monolithic willows, planted as mature trunks harvested from tree works in the borough. As each trunk grows into a new tree it is intended to cyclically thin and cut the regrowth creating the striking silhouette of gnarled trunk, knuckle and fresh re-growth, as was traditionally seen along the banks of the Great River Ouse.

The tree planting will commemorate the soldiers from Godmanchester who fell in the First World War, and actively restore the necessary management of the ancient willow pollards (some hundreds of years old) that were last cut in the pre- and inter-war periods, after which, with the loss of labour and skills, the veteran trees suffered neglect. Without such management the main trunks split, become prone to storm damage and the whole tree is lost.

The elliptical double avenue amphitheatre design will permit ease of access through and across the Recreation Ground and accommodate (within an enhanced setting) the various and popular open-space activities held on the Recreation Ground.

Existing trees, requiring management as outlined in commissioned arboriculture reports be further enhanced with additional tree planting through the broad swathe of trees at the western side of the Recreation Ground, where self-set and invasive sycamores will be managed.

Pollarding management encourages the willows to produce fresh vigorous growth, providing rich habitat, whilst the gnarled ancient boles (pollarded trunks) are ideal habitat for a variety of insects and birds and are often used as roosting sites by bats and birds of prey.

Jason Peters

MA Hons Landscape Architecture, Adv. Dip.Historic Environment.

100 Years Since the Baumgartners became Vane Percys!

December 3, 2015
NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN THAT BY a Deed Poll, dated the 28th day of November, 1915, duly executed and attended and filed with the Registrar of Assurances in Calcutta on the 2nd day of December, 1915, Bertram Wilfred Vane Percy (lately called and known by the names of Bertram Wilfred Vane Baumgartner), of the Bank of Bengal, Hyderabad, Deccan, a natural born British subject, has thereby formally, relinquished and abandoned the said surname of Baumgartner and assumed and adopted and intends henceforth upon all occasions whatsoever to use and subscribe himself by the name of Bertram Wilfred Vane Percy instead of Bertram Wilfred Vane Baumgartner and so as to be at all times hereafter called, described and distinguished by the names of Bertram Wilfred Vane Percy
Dated the 3rd
day of December, 1915
As WWI hit in 1914 our ancestors were among many in the UK to decide that it was not practical to have a Germanic surname – even though our ancestors were Swiss. Especially as a General in the army, and so in December 1915 Baumgartner was replaced with another family surname: Percy (Vane at this point was being given as a middle name).