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Ravenwood Hall educates us on the history of Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday

Ravenwood Hall educates us on the history of Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday

Interestingly the modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis (no family relation!) held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. When Anna’s mum passed away in 1908, she wanted to honour her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honour all mothers, because she believed that they were "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world’. 

Because of Anna Jarvis efforts, US Congress made Mother's Day a public holiday which is held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honour mothers. Although she was successful in founding Mother's Day, she became resentful of how people made it into a profit making commercial opportunity with the selling of cards, sweets and flowers rather than appreciating and honouring their mothers through personal letters expressing their love and gratitude, instead of buying presents.

While the United States holiday was adopted by some other countries, existing celebrations, held on different dates, honouring motherhood have become described as "Mother's Day", such as Mothering Sunday here in the United Kingdom.

In the UK, Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Day. Once observed as a day on which people would visit their "mother" church, it has also become an occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents.

We love Mothering Sunday at Ravenwood Hall. It’s a time when we see families get together and enjoy a special time of love, not just because the mums get out of doing the washing up! This year we have a family event in our Edwardian Pavilion specially designed to bring the whole family together, whatever the size, for a 3 course lunch with a children’s entertainer to keep the little ones amused. Arrival is from 12.00pm with lunch for everyone being served at 1pm. The price is £29.95 per person and Children under 10 £14.95. Alternatively, you can treat Mum to a delicious 3 course Lunch in our hotel restaurant at a time of your choice. Price is £35.00 per person which includes a gift for mum. Children under 10 £17.00. 

To reserve a table please call us on 01359 270345. The menus are available to view on our website 

The word Mother has some lovely quotes on the internet, this is one of our favourites “Mothers are like buttons, they hold everything together.” 

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Ravenwood Hall Hotel is steeped in history and with its origins during the reign of Henry VIII, Ravenwood Hall is set within seven acres of tranquil and secluded Suffolk countryside, just three miles outside the ancient market town of Bury St Edmunds.

The Hall itself has been restored over the years but retains many original features including its ornate carved oak structure, inglenook fireplaces and rare 15th century wall paintings. 

There are seven guest bedrooms within the hall itself plus another seven in our converted stable block.

Our restaurant is well known for its fine modern British food – using the freshest ingredients, sourced locally wherever possible we have an extensive wine cellar featuring handpicked fine wines from around the world as well as a selection of rare ports and brandies.

Ravenwood Hall, is the perfect venue for any special occasion – whether it’s a wedding, christening, naming celebration, birthday, engagement party, anniversary, or charity ball. Our team will help you create the perfect, bespoke event. They are experts in turning your ideas into a truly memorable occasion. We can create a flexible package including napkins, chair covers, entertainment, menus, flowers and decorations. You just tell us what you want and we’ll make it happen. Our first class, professional service will make it an event to remember for all the right reasons.

As well as being ideal for all your personal celebrations, Ravenwood Hall also offers a range of high-quality facilities for corporate events. If you’re looking for a location with a difference, look no further. From the smallest business meeting to team building events and conferences for up to 500 delegates. Ravenwood Hall is the perfect choice for you. Our extensive grounds are ideal for team building or exhibiting. Let our team create a bespoke conference with a twist for your business.

The hall is an independent hotel and has been owned by the Jarvis family for 30 years, so you can be assured you’ll receive a warm, personal welcome.