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Beeston Open Gardens

Sunday 10th June 2012

By BOG chair – Pat Wright

Another very successful Open Gardens Event, for Beeston, this year, 10 gardens were open around The Green and both sides of the A1.  The weather was kind to us this year so lots of people came to explore our gardens, buy plants from our very popular plant stall and enjoy teas at 19 The Green provided by Val Haygarth helped by her practiced washer uppers Bryan Bourne & Michael Haygarth.

A successful advertising campaign which included a mention in the Sunday Telegraph brought in new visitors from as far away as Heathrow and Norfolk with many compliments about the gardens and their friendly openers.  We took nearly £1500 less expenses of around £300, leaving us with a profit of £1200.

As usual most of this money goes to local charities plus the upkeep of the seasonal boxes around the green which are taken care of by members of the committee.  Decisions on which charities we will support this year will be made at the September committee meeting and the results will be posted on the website.

The 10 Open Gardens for 2012 were:

Mr Paul Hodson & Ms Vicky Blackman

Mr & Mrs Brian & Tina Keating

Mr & Mrs Mick & Brenda Lacey

Mr & Mrs Robert & Gillian Lacey

Mr & Mrs Brian & Jean Gouldsborough

Mr & Mrs Brian & Sheila Fensome

Mr & Mrs Mel & Barb Tebbut

Mr & Mrs Dave & Rita Patterson

Mr.& Mrs Tony & Jean Castell

Mr. & Mrs Michael & Val Haygarth

The Committee thank them for all their hard work & support.

We would also like to thank the Organisations who donated Plants and Raffle Prizes .

The Holiday Inn, Sandy

Seddingtons Nursery

McColls Paper Shop, Sandy

Virgin Trains

Cheshums Roses, Caldecote

Budgens, Sandy

Fraser Muir, Beeston

Ck Nurseries, Sandy Market

RJ Watts Nurseries, Caldecote

Standalone Farm, Letchworth

And additional helpers on the day over and above the BOG committee members:

Val and Malcolm Abrey For helping to put and take down all those posters and helping out on the plant stall on the day

Greg and Claire Smith For helping out at the car park

Malcolm Wilkes Helping to put up and take down all those posters and working the car park on the day

John Tester Selling tickets

Roger and Poppy Cope Lending us storage space and the farmyard for parking

Paul Margetts For keeping our website up to date.

And last but not least all my hard working committee members:

Gillian Wilkes

Valerie Haygarth

Katrina Bourne

Jean Castelle

Jean Gouldesbrough

Rita Patterson

Cynthia Tester

Tasha Hetherington

Kevin Banks

Sadly we are losing Kevin next year as he has had to stand down due to ill health but we welcome Carole Johnston to the committee in his place.

A huge thank you to everyone for making BOG such a successful event.

Regards

Pat Wright