Beckingham Open Gardens...

A place for relaxing
There was an opportunity for people to visit eleven village gardens opened to the public during Beckingham’s Fundraising Open Garden afternoon on Sunday 8th June. Proceeds from donations and programmes sold on the day were divided between the charity Water Aid and Beckingham Parish Church Building Fund. The gardens open for viewing were varied in size and design, with plenty of different ideas, a few surprises and many wonderful plants, shrubs and trees. All interesting and well worth seeing. The owners were welcoming and friendly, eager to show visitors around their labour of love and the glorious weather of the day simply could not have been better.
A competition was held with the children of Beckingham Primary School being invited to create some characters to be placed at the entrances of those gardens that were open, along with some paintings to be displayed in the Recreation Room, all on the theme of Water displayed in the Recreation Room.
The results were some excellent pieces of artwork and designs. The competition was judged, with some difficulty due to the quality of the entries, by Parish Council Chairman Brian Suart and his wife Pat. The winners were 9 year old Rowan Burnett for the "Tap & Water" feature and 5 year old Matthew Stenson for his "Pink Crab" painting. Prizes were awarded to them both at a school assembly by the judges on 13th June.

Welcome refreshments of delicious homemade teas were available throughout the afternoon in both the Recreation Room and the Parish Church. There was also a plant stall on the Village Green by Peter Coomber of Bole Nurseries.
It was considered a successful and enjoyable afternoon by all with £530 being raised. Grateful thanks go to Brenda Wilson for all her hard work in the organising, to those who kindly opened their gardens and to all those who were involved in the event.
Rowen and Matthew receiving their prizes

For more images of some of the gardens and childrens creations please click here….
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