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
McColls Paper Shop, Sandy
Cheshums Roses, Caldecote
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:
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.