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Rain fails to dampen the spirit of Fornham All Saints’ Open Gardens




Fornham All Saints open gardens''Pictured: Louise Purnell in the garden of her parents Mary and Paul Purnell ANL-160626-195848009
Fornham All Saints open gardens''Pictured: Louise Purnell in the garden of her parents Mary and Paul Purnell ANL-160626-195848009

The wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of Fornham All Saints’ Open Gardens over the weekend.

About 300 people enjoyed a glimpse behind the gates of 17 green sanctuaries to raise funds for the village’s community centre, hall and church.

Fornham All Saints open gardens''Pictured: Anne and Malcolm Johnson in their garden ANL-160626-195943009
Fornham All Saints open gardens''Pictured: Anne and Malcolm Johnson in their garden ANL-160626-195943009

Mary Purnell, a member of the organising committee, said: “The weather kept people at bay to start with but in the afternoons on each day we were busy.

“All of the gardeners were very pleased - the visitors were so nice and they’re all gardeners themselves so the atmosphere was quite pleasant.”

Mrs Purnell opened her garden which featured the chance to see her husband Paul’s model train set.

Other emerald havens ranged from small patios to a couple of acres and thatched cottages.

Fornham All Saints open gardens''Pictured: Harry (3), Summer (6) and Jack (3) Turner looking at the flower pot men ANL-160626-200104009
Fornham All Saints open gardens''Pictured: Harry (3), Summer (6) and Jack (3) Turner looking at the flower pot men ANL-160626-200104009

Villager Gary Clark-Ward held a barbacue in his garden and created 10 flower pot men which proved a popular attraction on the village green.

There were 32 classic cars on show on the Saturday.

Children enjoyed a creature hunt and the church ran a raffle. A picnic scheduled on the village green on Saturday night was cancelled due to the weather.

Mrs Purnell added that the amount of money raised was ‘slightly less than expected’ due to the rain. Funds for the church will benefit a project to replace its ceiling.

Fornham All Saints open gardens''Pictured: Jerry Lewis and Tony Robillard looking at a model train display ANL-160626-195915009
Fornham All Saints open gardens''Pictured: Jerry Lewis and Tony Robillard looking at a model train display ANL-160626-195915009
Fornham All Saints open gardens ANL-160626-200131009
Fornham All Saints open gardens ANL-160626-200131009


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