Three Gardens Open For Charity In Heacham In Aid Of
"Changing Faces"
Sunday 12th June 2pm - 4pm
19 The Drift..........21 Ringstead Road..........28 Ringstead Road
Photos and write up supplied by David & Joanne Bird
HOL would like to say 'Well Done' to you both and all your helpers

Lord & Lady Walsingham opening the event.

My 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.

Time to buy a raffle ticket.

Plants 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, 

David & Joanne's wonderful garden at The Drift

 Jean 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.


We must not forget the 'Tea Ladies'

Our 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.
I would like to thank all of these people who helped us with this event including everybody who donated items.

Roy on the gate collecting the entry fee


A 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.
We 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 cold afternoon.
The 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.
I 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, many thanks to you all.
With all best wishes to everyone
David & Joanne Bird
The Drift
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 this right.

David with the cheques

To all my very dear family and friends who supported us in raising money for Changing Faces.

We 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. 

 I 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.


With our very best regards to you all
David & Joanne Bird

Changing Faces can be contacted on 0845 4500 275 or by going to their website which is