Sunday 17th June 2007
£1060.00 raised from Open Gardens for Changing Faces

Stella of HOL would like to thank David Bird for forwarding his report on his Open Gardens
and to thank David Barker (Heacham Newsletter) for allowing us to use his photos


The Tombola Stall attracts a crowd

David talks to some visitors

Bric a Brac Stall at front of David's house



Dear Friends

I just wanted to write a line or two in thanks to all our very treasured friends, family and supporters of our open gardens that took place on Sunday 17th June.

The day started with rain clouds on the horizon as we prepared ourselves for our 5th open garden event for Changing Faces.  The tables were put out in the hope that we would survive the day without getting a drenching.  I was getting rather flustered when two of our friends came over to help me to arrange the bric-a-brac tables.  My thanks must go to Vera who lives directly across the road from me and to Christine who also took the time out to give a womanís touch of arranging the masses of boxes.  I just didnít know where to start but I was soon sorted out by these wonderful people.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Lord & Lady Walsingham were unable to attend and have sent their apologies for this. The afternoon soon arrived and my fantastic band of helpers came on the scene as usual and geared themselves up for what we hoped would be a very busy event.  I would like to say thank you so much to David & Jeannie Worrell, Vera Dawkin, Win, Roy Carter (our man on the gate) and of course my very dear wife Joanne.  Thanks must also go to all those very special people who supplied cakes, bric-a-brac, prizes, plants and to the people who gave those fantastic donations of money that were handed over to me preceding, during and after the event. 

I am deeply indebted to everyone for all of the magnificent help and you have always given tirelessly regardless of the time and effort it takes with no questions asked; youíre absolutely brilliant!  If Iíve overlooked anybody please accept my sincere apologies.  This has always been a fear of mine and wouldnít want to miss anyone out?

Finally I want to say a very special thank you to David Beeton & Fred Bissett and Shirley & Ken Chapman who opened their beautiful gardens in conjunction with our own.  The hard work that goes into making this event so exceptional is greatly appreciated and I donít know how I will ever repay you all for your wonderful kindness.  I know from the feedback I got that everybody enjoyed visiting these magnificent gardens and enjoyed the opportunity to see them.  As you all know the weather was very kind to us and everyone was able to enjoy the whole event without getting wet.  We seem to have been very lucky again this year and this has been so since we first began in 2002.

You will be pleased to know that a grand total of £1060.00 has been raised from the three gardens - £250.00 of this money has been donated from a collection that was made at the funeral service of our very cherished friend David Henderson by his family and friends.  I believe that this one was one of Davidís wishes and Iím sure he would have been so proud to think how wonderful it was that this total sum of money has been raised for the charity? 

I have phoned James Partridge the chief executive of Changing Faces today (20th June) to tell him of this fantastic sum of money and he was so thrilled by the generosity of our supporters. This money has now been sent on to the charity and I know that it will be used very wisely to help all of those people who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Thank you everyone we are so grateful for your kindness and all that you do.

With our very sincere wishes
David & Joanne
19 The Drift