Headley Open Gardens weekend
Sixteen gardens in Headley, including five new ones, were open to the public during the weekend of 8th & 9th June 2019. This was the sixth time that Headley gardens had opened since the event was launched in 2009 and the range of gardens varied from small to large, formal to informal and from traditional to modern, hopefully a garden to suit absolutely all tastes.
The event was a great success, despite the rather poor weather on Saturday, attracting nearly 300 visitors to the village gardens. Sunday luckily had markedly better weather, with some fine sunny spells, and helped to show the gardens off to their best advantage.
Lunches were served on both days in the Church Centre in the High Street and proved very popular. Delicious cream teas were also laid on in two gardens, as were plant sales. A raffle was held which raised £450, with prizes kindly having been donated by several local businesses. A competition to find and identify stones painted as insects by pupils at the Holme Primary School and hidden in the gardens proved very popular.
When the funds obtained from the ticket sales, lunches, cream teas, raffle and sale of plants etc, are included in the statement of earnings, the total income of the event is £3,769 - the proceeds going to a fund for urgently-needed work to improve the drainage at Headley Village Hall.
Plans are already underway for the next Headley Open Gardens weekend in early June 2021. If you are interested in opening your garden, now is a good time to start planning. For further enquiries please phone Sue Golding on 01428 713753.
The Summer Show.
The next event is the Summer Show on the 6th July. Please do come along either as an exhibitor to a visitor - all the details are in the Programme and Show Schedule available to all members. If you are not yet a member but would like to be, please contact our Membership Officer Marjorie Hall on 01428 712898 or come along to any of our meetings. These take place at the Headley Village Hall and are held on the third Thursday of the month Sept-March (except December) at 8pm.