Open Gardens raise £800 for Oxton church

Sunday 15th June dawned rather grey and cloudy and we wondered if the rain would hold off for our open gardens day but it did!  Only a couple of brief spells of mizzle dampened what turned out to be a really busy and happy day in Oxton.  The gardens looked beautiful and even before 12 o’clock, early visitors arrived to see us having travelled some distance from North Yorkshire!

All in all we had 393 visitors made up of 379 paid entries (8 children and 6 NGS members free) giving entries totalling £1895.00.  Teas made £676.25p, plant sales made £134.50p and sale of jams made £16.00.

That means that we will send £1895.00 to the National Garden Scheme Charities and donate £826.75p (money from teas, plants and jams) to Oxton church.  I received a thank you card from Anthony Giles the vicar, who indicated that the funds would enable the church to have the much-needed repairs done on the clock so we can look forward to hearing its chimes each hour very soon. May I pass on all the thanks to everyone who helped and who visited.  After all the hard work, we really did have a wonderful day and Oxton Village was a very happy place.

Joan Arnold

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