But our HWSF families and volunteers had a plan B and we gathered for an afternoon of fun at Little Gaddesden village hall on Friday 10 August.
We may not have been eating our picnics outside in Ashridge as originally planned, but there was bunting, balloons, and lots of delicious food.
And after a huge buffet lunch, the rain even stopped.
The children had fun in the big playground opposite the hall while another group of adults and teenagers took a short walk, admiring the beautiful view over the valley, exploring a church, and watching a flock of sheep running after a farmer. Back at the sports field, a game of French boules became amusingly competitive!
Our outdoor pursuits were rewarded back in the hall with cups of tea and delicious slices of cake brought by the volunteers.
But the best part of the afternoon was seeing the beginnings of new friendships and everyone coming together.
[Text and photos by Olivia Bolton]