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We're declaring a charity cup amnesty.

We've declared a cup amnesty in aid of the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) this month (February, 2016).

We're inviting diners with mugs in good condition, that they do not use, to bring them to our restaurant when they eat here midweek in February in return for a free tea or coffee.

We would like people to bring in their unwanted crockery in return for a free after lunch cuppa on Tuesday and Wednesdays in February only.

We will then donate the cups on to the charity to be sold at its Easter Fair Barn Sales & Afternoon Teas event on Sunday, March 27 to help raise vital funds. We'd like to collect cups or mugs that are nearly new and would be perfect for re-sale or that were may be new but not needed birthday or Christmas gifts, and these will then be donated to the NAWT, which has a centre at Heaven's Gate Farm near Langport.

The charity will be able to sell the pottery raise invaluable funds for its wonderful work.

The organisation's Somerset centre rehomes a wide variety of animals. Apart from the extensive kennels and cattery, there are stables and paddocks for donkeys and ponies. The farm area accommodates goats and there's a pond and poultry enclosure for ducks, geese and chickens.

The china and stoneware has to be saleable so we can't accept any chipped, stained, dirty or broken items. The cups do need to be new or nearly new. Full terms and conditions are available on our website and from the restaurant.

We're hoping that some interesting pieces are donated too, perhaps antique cups and saucers, which the charity may be able to sell on e-Bay.

We will give a free tea or coffee to anyone who brings in a saleable cup or mug on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes in February 2016 only. People who make multiple donations on the same day will be entitled to one complimentary cuppa only.

If this is successful we hope the amnesty will become an annual event and next year we might even change the format to a dessert or tea plate amnesty where donations are made in exchange for a free pudding.

Here you can see thousands of wigeons, teals and shovelers roosting, while peregrines, marsh harriers and hen harriers swoop about causing havoc among the ducks and waders.

It's open all year round and admission is free, but the charity welcomes any donation.

We will also work further with the NAWT throughout the coming 12 months to help with fundraising.

Centre Manager for NAWT Somerset, Caron Lane said: "We are delighted to be working with The Bower Inn. The fact that they have taken us to their hearts and want to raise money to support our work with local people is fantastic. We are looking forward to a successful partnership with them.

"We rehome around 400 cats and dogs at our Somerset centre every year as well as a small number of field animals. Every animal has been individually assessed and cared for by our experienced and dedicated staff. All animals are vet-checked and vaccinated before being rehomed.

"For our Barn Sales and Afternoon Teas event on Sunday, March 27 we are looking for good quality unwanted items. As long as it's in good condition we are grateful for almost anything that you think we may be able sell, including clothes and books. These can be dropped off at the Centre reception seven days of the week between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

"We are unable to take electrical goods and furniture. Also, if you have spare time, and like to rummage and sort, we are looking for volunteers to help sort, set up and pack away items. Please call our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Georgina Smith on 01458 252656."

The terms and conditions of the offer:

  1. The Bower Inn will give a free tea or coffee to any diner at the restaurant who brings in a saleable cup or mug on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes in February 2016 only. 

  2. Only one free tea or coffee may be applied to each lunchtime meal transaction with the individual diner's donation of a cup or mug. 

  3. A meal includes a main course and a starter or dessert purchased by the individual at the same seating. 

  4. Cups or mugs must be nearly new and perfect for re-sale. The Bower Inn reserves the right to decline mugs/cups where, in its opinion, are not suitable for the charity to re-sell. Chipped, stained, dirty or broken items will not be accepted. This initiative is only valid while there is availability and maybe withdrawn at any time. 

  5. This offer is not transferable, and not redeemable for cash, credit, or can go towards previous purchases made. This initiative is not redeemable with any other offers.

  6. People who make multiple donations on the same day will be entitled to one complimentary cuppa only.

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