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The What’s On Guide to Woodborough - July 2014

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What a wonderful afternoon! On behalf of the NSPCC committee we would like to extend our thanks to all who supported our first Open Gardens event. The sun shone, the gardens looked beautiful and the village came alive with happy folk. It showed our village at its best; welcoming, friendly and beautiful. The FANTASTIC news is that we have raised an amazing £6,700 and I think I can honestly say that we all have enjoyed every minute of it!

Our special thanks go to our sponsor Sophie Timmermans-Delves of Timmermans Garden Centre ( who sponsored the wonderful signs, programmes and banners. Working with Sophie has been thoroughly enjoyable and we are very grateful for her generosity and support of the NSPCC.  Also, Johnson Tidsall Chartered Accountants have kindly sponsored the Pimms tent (

For all of those involved, the planning and organisation started months ago, both logistically and in our gardens! On the eve of the event, our helpers convened at 136 Main Street to ‘test’ the Pimms and then to meander around each other’s garden. It was a lovely evening and our opportunity to thank everyone for their help enthusiasm and support.

Sunday arrived, the weather was glorious, cakes were baked and the kettles were on!

Teas and cakes were served and enjoyed in the beautiful surroundings.  The Village came alive with people smiling, meeting friends they hadn’t seen for a while and causing an amazing buzz in the air!

Many people have asked us if we will do it again ….and the answer is YES of course!! But we will wait until 2016, we all need a rest!!

Please feel free to give us your feedback about the event, it was our first Open Gardens and if you feel we can improve, please let me know  All comments will be gratefully received.

I cannot thank you enough for your support, the amount raised is truly unbelievable and will help the NSPCC to protect lots of local children who are suffering abuse every day.

Amanda Mellor

Chair of Doverbeck Committee - NSPCC



Photographs by

Michael Dobbs