Hundreds of people flock to West Deeping open gardens

Serving refreshments in the village hall are, from left, Richard Latham, Phyllis Wilson, Lilias Garrett, June Thomas and Brian Marsden Photo: SM190611-159js
Serving refreshments in the village hall are, from left, Richard Latham, Phyllis Wilson, Lilias Garrett, June Thomas and Brian Marsden Photo: SM190611-159js

VISITORS braved the elements to visit an open gardens event.

West Deeping residents opened their gardens to the public on Saturday and Sunday, attracting 550 people to view the 21 areas on show.

Despite very heavy rain on Saturday and cloudy, overcast skies on Sunday, gardeners and visitors were determined not to let the weather spoil the day.

In addition to the gardens, visitors enjoyed the gardeners’ gifts stall, which offered quality garden equipment generously donated by the many organisations that supported the event.

There was also an exhibition of paintings by local artists in St Andrew’s Church which offered sanctuary from the rain.

Organiser Roger de Toney said: “Many residents of the village and some friends and supporters from the surrounding area manned the stalls, served the teas, supervised the car parking and all worked hard to make the event yet another great success.

“The village is always grateful to those who come to share our weekend with us, many coming on both days, and some from quite far away; one couple from South Yorkshire attending for the fourth time in succession.

“The event is held in aid of St Andrew’s Church and the village hall and early estimates suggest it will have raised about £4,500.

“The village would like to record its appreciation to all who supported us, and braved the weather to do so.”