Stanhoe open gardens believed to be one of the oldest events of its kind

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Stanhoe’s annual open gardens at the weekend is believed to be one of the oldest events of its kind in the country having been started more than 40 years ago.

Nine gardens attracted visitors and it was an occasion of many parts with, alongside the attraction of a range of gardens.

These displayed everything from floral to vegetable skills, while there was a cake stall, tombola, bric-a-brac, a book stall, cream teas and even live organ music in All Saints Parish Church. There was also more than just gardens and stalls to enjoy. There was also a Walking Trail booklet, written by Pam Austin, for the Stanhoe Archive. It is full of the history of Stanhoe and lists 33 places of interest within the parish. The event normally raises around £2,000 for the church and this year the amount has added importance.

The churches’ latest inspection has revealed that £30,000 needs to be spent on the church repairing the roof and drainage system with maintenance work also needed on the tower itself. “We would like to raise more than that to enable us to modernise the church and install a toilet,” said the Rev Peter Cook. “It’s a beautiful little village and its a popular church for weddings and Christenings.”

Pictured are Terry and Pam Austin in a colourful corner of their garden.