Would-be sleuths wanted for 1940s-themed whodunnit
PUBLISHED: 12:19 30 September 2019 | UPDATED: 12:46 30 September 2019
An Agatha Christie-style whodunnit will be on the menu at north Norfolk military museum the Muckleburgh Collection, when the founders of a children's charity host a 1940s-themed fundraising supper to support youngsters with cerebral palsy.
Entitled There's a Mole in My Tank, the event will feature a cast of characters including a radio operator with a shady past, a captain with an aristocratic background and an imperious army colonel played by Muckleburgh Collection founder Sir Michael Savory.
Playing the parts of enigmatic Weybourne vicar Rev Percival Moses-Taylor and his wishy-washy wife Rebecca are retired Sheringham GP Moss Taylor, 76, and his partner Robina Churchyard, who, since founding the charity Love for Leo in honour of Mr Taylor's grandson five years ago, have raised more than £22,500 for Norfolk and Suffolk youngsters with cerebral palsy.
The pair, who have recently bought two £500 food mixers for children who have problems swallowing, have worked tirelessly for the charity, with Mrs Churchyard, 81, selling garden produce and home-made preserves, and Mr Taylor - a respected ornithologist - donating the proceeds from wildlife talks and courses, and the profits from his books.
They decided to organise the whodunnit supper after being contacted by long-term friend David Williams, who has hosted similar events at venues including the North Norfolk Railway.
Mrs Churchyard, who was last week named one of Norfolk's 100 most inspiring women in an Eastern Daily Press campaign, said: "The main thing is that the evening will be a fun way to brighten up what can be a dreary time of year, but, at the same time, it will hopefully raise a good amount of money for Love for Leo, which helps buy vital equipment that isn't available on the NHS."
Mr Williams has devised a script centring around a dinner party held to celebrate the success of a top secret military project.
However, one of those in attendance has been leaking information and it is up to invited guests to unmask the mole.
There's a Mole in my Tank, which includes live music from the Radio Jammers, a bar and dancing, runs at the Muckleburgh Collection, Weybourne, at 7.15pm on October 19. Tickets, priced £25, including hot and cold buffet, are available from the museum, phone 01263 588210 or email email@example.com