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Gardeners from West Norfolk pull out all the stops for church organ




The combination of clear blue skies and a refreshing breeze brought hundreds of visitors to Holmon Sunday for the village’s Help Holme Church Group’s 22nd annual open gardens.

This year the aim is to help raise funds for the repair of the village church organ.

Koi carp swim lazily in the pond in Ann Rossington's garden watched by her and Gill Morley during the Holme Open Gardens day (2825085)
Koi carp swim lazily in the pond in Ann Rossington's garden watched by her and Gill Morley during the Holme Open Gardens day (2825085)

Parochial church council secretary Sandra Betterton said: “It’s a historically-certified home organ, one of very few left in the country.”

In 1937, Thomas Nelson, then church organist, died and the family who lived in Holme House gave the organ to the St Mary’s. As an organ designed for the home it is much smaller than, for example, a church or cinema organ.

Churchwarden, Ann Rossington, said: “The cost of repairs is likely to be well over £12,000 depending on what they find when they take it apart.

“Most but not all of what we raise today will go towards the repairs.”

Eight gardens opened their gates and owners showed that despite the recent drought conditions their colourful flower displays could still be eye-catching.

There were even enough blooms left over to decorate the church’s annual flower festival whilst Glebe House school again provided a bus for visitors.

Ms Rossington added: “It’s been a great team effort and I would like to thank those who donated, opened their gardens, provided refreshments and arranged the flowers in the church. Without their help we could not have done it.”

Pictured above, koi carp swim lazily in the pond in Ann Rossington’s garden watched by her and Gill Morley.

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