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!


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Day 102 of (floral) Lockdown – the ‘Open Gardens’ edition

Open Gardens Collage 4

Day 102 of (floral) Lockdown

On Day 102 of lockdown we have two floral stories, Open Gardens 2020 and a giant Echium.  In other news, two shorts:

  • New plye equipmentFollowing the recent announcement by the Prime Minster, the lockdown restrictions will be eased further with effect from 4th July.  There will be more venues opening, including playgrounds for children, & pubs/beer gardens for adults, but the main guidance remains.  The rules for social distancing are now set at 2m OR 1m with additional precautionary measures (e.g. face masks, being side-by-side etc…).
    You can read the full guidance here.  This guidance sets out the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent with others outside your home is as safe as possible. If you are clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable, you should follow the guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people and you can also get support..
  • The Lorkin Daniell Playground will not reopen tomorrow, as it had been hoped, but is expected to reopen next weekend (weather permitting) once installation of new swings has been completed.

Oh, and this update wouldn’t be complete without Terry Wogan!

West Bergholt Open Gardens 2020

The West Bergholt Open Gardens has been a biennial event since 2014 and raised thousands of pounds for local charities. This year it had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the plan is it will return next year. We would like to share a few photos of the gardens that were due to open on 28th June, and hope you find them uplifting Continue reading “Day 102 of (floral) Lockdown – the ‘Open Gardens’ edition”

Gardeners’ Summer Visits

Summer visits to Shrubs farmGardeners’ Summer Visits

The Gardeners’ summer visits this year started after their 2018/19 programme of talks came to a conclusion.  They were particularly happy that the weather remained on their side.

Shrubs Farm

In June, a group went on a self-drive trip to Shrubs Farm in Lamarsh, a garden in the National Garden Scheme.  The owners, Robert & Sara Erith have lived at the farm since 1966.  The farm has superb views over the Stour Valley.  Members were given an entertaining and informative tour of the garden, parkland and ancient woodland by the owner.  Robert explained the planning and ethos behind the beautiful planting and vistas.

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St Mary’s Update – 18th June 2018

St Mary’s Update – 18th June 2018

St Mary’s Church update for 18th June provides listings of services and other events and news.  This update includes Praise on 4 Café, results of Christian Aid collection, calls for help and a course in Christian Studies.

Praise on 4 Café  Church

Join us for coffee & croissants, music, informal worship and discussion on 24th June at 9:30 am. This month’s theme is ’Good News?’

Everyone Welcome! Continue reading “St Mary’s Update – 18th June 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”

St Mary’s Update – 18th April 2016

St-Mary's-PCCSt Mary’s Update – 18th April 2016

News from the Annual Church Meeting

Mandy gave her annual report and thanked the many people who contribute to the smooth running of the church and all its various activities and services.  A copy of her report will be available on the church web site next week. Richard & Dorothy Chadborn were re-appointed as church wardens, and there are some new faces on the PCC Continue reading “St Mary’s Update – 18th April 2016”

Open Gardens 2015

Coggeshall Hidden Gardens 2015Open Gardens 2015

In previous years West Bergholt Gardeners have opened their gardens to the public in aid of charity, most recently in 2014 where well over £3,000 was raised for teenage cancer charities.  This year the organizers are taking a break, hopefully to be back reinvigorated next year, but for those still hoping to visit local gardens and get some ideas, we have recently received details of another similar event:

Coggeshall Hidden Gardens 2015

Sunday, 7 June 2:00 PM To 6:00 PM

This year Coggeshall is opening its garden gates so that you can visit walled gardens, kitchen gardens, tiny gardens, gardens that will delight and inspire you. There’s lots to do and see for young and old alike. Follow the children’s trail, visit the plant stall, enjoy a delicious home-made tea – a perfect afternoon out for the whole family! For more information visit the website at www.coggeshallopengardens.org.uk.

If You Can’t Make Coggeshall

There are some 23 Villages/Parishes running Open Gardens in Essex this year, a small sample includes some relatively local:

  • Walton-on-the Naze – 27th & 28th June – Various gardens open in Walton-on-the-Naze for the benefit of Walton in Bloom. Come and spend a wonderful day by the sea. Refreshments, tombola, raffle, plant sales and crafts for sale.  – http://www.waltoninbloom.org/.
  • Chappel & Wakes Colne – 7th June – About 12 beautiful gardens open in and around the Essex Colne Valley. Lovely garden location for refreshments.
  • Earls Colne – 21st June – A number of gardens will be open to visit, all within easy walking distance with garden trail for the young ones. St. Andrews church and tower will be open for views across the beautiful Colne valley. Refreshments on sale. http://www.colnevalley.com.
  • Tollesbury – 27th & 28th June – Over twenty gardens will be open, from small courtyard gardens to larger gardens, from community gardens to gardens as yet unseen by the public.
  • Pebmarsh – 7th June – This Trail includes a variety of gardens. Snipelands is a stunning two-acre garden in a peaceful setting, on the outskirts of Pebmarsh, at 10 Mill Lane are mature shrubs, herbaceous borders, and a fern garden under trees whilst Matson Lodge is a 1½ acre garden developed for wildlife.  http://www.redcross.org.uk/opengardens.

There are more listed at the Open Gardens website.


Gardeners May Update

Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor – excursion 19th June

The West Bergholt Gardeners Association had a relatively quiet May, although hosting one of it’s big annual events, and has much to look forward to for June & July.

The Club held its annual Plant Sale on the 19th May and many members of the public came along to sample the excellent display of shrubs and plants which were all on sale at attractive prices.  Overall sales amounted to over £600 and this will augment Club funds as well as allowing contributions to be made to local charitable organisations.

Although this was the only public involvement in May, much was being done behind the scenes to organise future events.

Future events

Excursion to Waddesdon Manor

The excursion to Waddesdon Manor is all set for the 19th June and most seats on the coach have now been filled, although  seven places remain. Interestingly Waddesdon Manor has been featured on two BBC programmes in recent weeks – Countryfile and Bargain Hunt .

West Bergholt Open Gardens

Final arrangements have now been made for the West Bergholt Open Gardens event on Sunday 22nd June between 1pm and 5pm when local gardens and an allotment will be open for viewing.  Programmes are £4 per person (accompanied children – free) and are available for purchase on the day at the Methodist Chapel Hall and St. Marys Church Hall as well as from any of the open gardens.  Refreshments are available to purchase at the halls.  All proceeds are to go to the Teenage  Cancer Trust. It is hoped that many will come along to support this worthwhile charity.

Summer Outing

On the 31st July the Club Members are having a summer outing to  Rob & Denise Sherriff (Dahlia specialists)  at The Tye Barn, Honey Tye, Lavenheath CO6 4NX at 2.00pm –Visitors welcome.  There will be a guided tour of the site and cake and tea/coffee will be served.  Anyone interested please phone 241256 Terry) or contact [email protected].                                                                       COST £4.00

Next Speaker

15th September will bring us Deborah Hart talking about Hanging Baskets and Winter Containers.  All are welcome to our meetings although there is a small charge for non-members.