Gardens Open For Charity In Heacham In Aid Of
Ringstead Road..........28 Ringstead Road
and write up supplied by David & Joanne Bird
HOL would like to say 'Well Done' to you both and all your
Lord & Lady
Walsingham opening the event.
day started about 7.15am when I started to put up the
tables for the bric-a-brac. We had a stall at the
front and the back of the house. These tables
were absolutely covered with items that had been
donated by friends and family, there were plenty of
bargains to be had on the day.
to buy a raffle ticket.
had been donated by friends and family yet again and a
donation of a flower arrangement was kindly donated by
Barbara Grange and this was later sold to the highest
bidder. (Thank you Barbara)
The afternoon soon came round and Lord & Lady
Walsingham arrived. His Lordship pronounced the
event open and people flooded into our little garden
as it had done in the previous year. Refreshments
were supplied by Joanne Bird,
& Joanne's wonderful garden at The Drift
Worrell and Vera Dawkin and these people were kept very
busy due to the fact that it was so cold, people even
came into the house to get themselves warm.
David Worrell sold raffle tickets and did a roaring
trade. The bric-a-brac stalls were extremely busy in
the two hours that we were open and we were thankful
that Mick & Pat Waters, Win Wood, Lindsay &
Alisha who offered their help otherwise we would have
been in such a muddle.
must not forget the 'Tea Ladies'
very dear friend Roy Carter was the main man on the
gate taking the entrance money and supplies of tea
were sent to him to try and keep him warm.
would like to thank all of these people who helped us
with this event including everybody who donated
on the gate collecting the entry fee
special thank you must go out to Alan & Hazel
Holman and Shirley and Ken Chapman for opening their
beautiful gardens to boost the days funds, and all
of the above people who I mentioned worked so hard
to make this day so successful. We would also
like to say thank you to Brian Brackenbury for
playing the organ at Alan & Hazel's property,
this was a wonderful gesture on Brian's part and
this also helped to make this such a brilliant day.
eventually cleared up all the stalls just after 5pm
with the help from many of our friends and a
thank you must go to Eunice & Sid Godfrey for joining in on
this too. Just as the last of the stalls were
put up the heavens opened up and it absolutely
poured down, we feel so lucky that we had a fine but
final count up of the money then took place, the
total amount came to £1273.90 and money has still
been trickling in. I have banked the money
into a special account that Barclay's have set up
and they told me several weeks ago that they are
going to match this pound for pound. As soon
as I know the figure from Barclays I will let you
all know, please be patient as I know this might
take a while as they go through the motions to get
this sorted. My final total to date is now £1345.16.
This is so unbelievable, I never ever thought that
this could be done and I am totally flabbergasted by
this large amount of money.
must finally thank all of the people who came to
support us on this cold and windy day, I think you
are absolutely fantastic, without all of you
visiting us here in the Drift this would never ever
have been possible. You're all so brilliant!!!
many thanks to you all.
With all best wishes to everyone
David & Joanne Bird
I do hope that I have mentioned everyone who helped
on this special event but if I have missed you out
please except my sincere apologies for not getting
David with the
all my very dear family and friends who supported us
in raising money for Changing Faces.
have waited patiently since the end of June to get
this money from Barclays but it was well worth the
wait. I am greatly in debt to Paula Morrice
(Branch Manager for the City Branches in the
Cambridgeshire area) who arranged the idea of getting
double the money (this came to £1345.16) on our open
garden afternoon on 12th June 2005 and also I am
especially thankful to Sharon Lamb, Lauren Diaper,
Richard Davies and all of the staff from Barclays who
gave up their own time to do a sponsored walk on
Sunday 22nd May 2005 and raised a staggering £610.50
from sponsorships and the Grand Total now comes to £3911.66.
received a cheque for £1955.66 and two Charities Aid Foundation
vouchers to the same value and these have now been
sent on to James Partridge (Executive Director of
Changing Faces) who I am sure will be absolutely
thrilled to bits by all of the kindness shown by the
people of Heacham, to all of those people who
helped on the day, to all of those who took part in
the sponsored walk and especially to Barclays Bank for
their brilliant support and generosity. Thank
you so much Barclays.
our very best regards to you all
& Joanne Bird