Sedgeford’s 25th open gardens event, held on Sunday, marked the first time St Mary’s parish church has opened its doors since before Christmas.
The closure was to allow essential renovation work to be done to the 900- year old church.
The renovations, costing £305,000, including a National Lottery grant of £228,000, delighted the rector, the Rev Peter Cook.
“The refurbishment has made the church into more of a community resource. There’s a toilet, an open space for displays and exhibitions and under floor pew heating.”
Lunches were on offer in the church whilst the trail of eight open gardens included Wethered Manor where traditional afternoon teas were served.
“We’re very pleased. We’ve had a good response to the day,” said church warden Pam Goddard, adding that the event usually raised around £2,000 for church funds.
Our picture shows Neville and Heather Woolley, whose open garden also offered the bonus of a book stall.