West Bergholt (Not) Open Gardens 2020

Marcus' Donkeys

Marcus' DonkeysWest Bergholt (Not) Open Gardens 2020

This is a more complete update of an earlier Open Gardens post with new material from the allotments; thanks to Peter Noakes for putting these collages together.

The West Bergholt Open Gardens has been a biennial event since 2014 and has raised thousands of pounds for local charities. This year it didn’t happen for obvious reasons, but the plan is it will return next year. We would like to share a few photos of the gardens & allotments that were due to be open on 28th June.  Hopefully you will find them uplifting and will encourage you to join in next year.  Gardens and donkeys are further down so keep scrolling!


We would like to thank Steve for providing Continue reading “West Bergholt (Not) Open Gardens 2020”

Day 22 of Lockdown – The Loud Music Edition

CBC appeal to reduce loud music on day 22Day 22 of Lockdown

On Day 22 there is an appeal from Colchester Borough Council (CBC) about loud music; also a few other items from various sources.

Neighbourly Consideration

Upset residents, including key workers, are increasingly calling CBC about noise levels from neighbouring properties.  The increase comes as more and more families respond to Government advise to stay home.

In response, the council is Continue reading “Day 22 of Lockdown – The Loud Music Edition”

Allotments Get Interest from BBC Essex Radio

BBC Essex Radio van at AllotmentsAllotments Get Interest from BBC Essex Radio

BBC Essex Radio runs a regular show called Essex Quest and a recent episode saw them visiting West Bergholt.  The episode which aired on 16th June (still available to hear online until approx 11th July), was on the topic of Cricket, Foraging & Grow Your Own.  It saw the team of Eric Dixon, Liana Bridges and Barry Lewis have 3 hours to find 4 mystery places around Essex based on cryptic clues.

Last Call

On 16th June the West Bergholt Allotments were the 4th port of call and the team waiting to welcome them were biting their nails as time wore on and they had still not arrived.  Eventually, Continue reading “Allotments Get Interest from BBC Essex Radio”

How to Grow Money For Local Causes

Allotment Charity Table - how to grow money for causes

How to Grow Money

The West Bergholt ‘allotmenteers‘ showed how to grow money for local causes as they raised £4,087 last year.  Their charity stall will be hoping to raise even more in 2019 when local causes benefitting will include:

  • Children’s Playground,
  • Village Fete,
  • Five “T’s” Fellowship.

The stall is now open pretty much all year round so make a point of looking out for what’s available,

2018 Beneficiaries were:

Continue reading “How to Grow Money For Local Causes”

St Mary’s Update – 5th June 2018

St Mary’s Update – 5th June 2018

St Mary’s Church update for 5th June provides listings of services and other events and news.  This update includes Messy Church, FIFA World Cup-themed this month, great fundraising results of the Garden Party and Children’s’ Society box appeal.

Messy ChurchMessy Church

The next Messy Church is Sunday 10th June at 9:30 am; the theme will be the Football World Cup!  Join us for a family-friendly, informal Continue reading “St Mary’s Update – 5th June 2018”

Open Gardens 2018

Open Gardens 2018Open Gardens 2018

The Open Gardens 2018 event is on 1st July with over 20 gardens (see below) and the allotments being open from 11 am to 5.30 pm.  Some gardens and the church halls will be selling refreshments and there will be local artists exhibiting.  Morris Dancers will perform at two gardens and “Quire” will be singing songs from around the world at Continue reading “Open Gardens 2018”

Allotments announce 2018 beneficiaries of charity table

Allotment Charity TableAllotments announce 2018 beneficiaries of charity table

At their recent meeting, the Allotment Committee discussed a range of issues including who should be the 2018 beneficiaries of sales from their charity table.  Last year they raised well over £4,000, over twice the previous year’s result, and would love to see even more this year.

The agreed beneficiaries for 2018 included: Continue reading “Allotments announce 2018 beneficiaries of charity table”

Prostate & Helen Rollason Charity Appeals

Prostate & Helen Rollason Charity Appeals

We have three different charity events coming up that would benefit from locals digging deep into their pockets.  First up:

A Shave for Prostate – 26th April

No, this isn’t a take on Movember, but local student Caitlin Williams-Macklin who will be shaving her hair on Thursday 26th April at the 6th Form College.  As she says: Continue reading “Prostate & Helen Rollason Charity Appeals”

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