HALSTEAD OPEN GARDENS 2015
Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent
Sunday 7th June 2015
10.30am to 5.00pm
This year we will have 11 gardens open, plus an art exhibition and sale of
paintings, as well as a plant sale on the Village Green run by the
Refreshments will be available
throughout the day at the lovely village hall, with cream teas being
served at the village school alongside live piano jazz. There will also be
a range of menus on offer at the beautiful café and cakery Cabbages &
Kings, and both country pubs situated in the village, The Cock Inn and The
Rose & Crown. In addition, there will be fun activities for children and
of course the Open Gardens Raffle with some lovely prizes.
Proceeds will be donated to St Christopher’s Hospice, as well St
Margaret's Church and Halstead Community Primary School.
advance, £8.00 on the day.
Free admittance for children under 14.
How to get event
Online from early April onwards by emailing
or in person: in advance at Cabbages & Kings, Hancock’s, The Cock Inn, The
Rose & Crown or Village Ironing in Halstead - or on the day at the main
information point at the village cross roads.
Head Teacher of Halstead Community
Primary School, and Head of Halstead Open Gardens Committee 2015
01959-532224 Mon-Fri 9am to
We look forward to welcoming you on the 7th
Halstead Open Gardens 2015
Parents And Friends
Association of Halstead Community Primary School
case you hadn’t heard... Halstead Open Gardens happened!
And what a
lovely day it was. After months of hard work at what was definitely a
first for some of us, it was absolutely wonderful to see the sun shine,
visitors and villagers strolling through Halstead, and not least to feel a
real sense of community throughout our village.
There are many
things we could improve upon of course (starting the whole process
earlier, better signage for gardens and parking on the day, to name two),
and we are very grateful indeed to everyone who filled in event feedback
forms*. A lot of useful feedback, a flood of positive comments and
in-depth debriefs later – and we may just aim do it all again in 2017…
Possibly with some interesting new features as well as improvements. Watch
However, before we look ahead, we must first say a
heartfelt thank you.
An enormous amount of time, thought and
effort went into Halstead Open Gardens, and it is absolutely clear that
aside from the weather, it was the hard work of all the garden owners and
many volunteers as well as support from local businesses – both within the
village and neighbouring communities - that made Halstead Open Gardens
2015 the event it was. An event that attracted hundreds of people and
generated a profit of over £6,200, plus several full donation tins to
boot. A real team effort and wonderful day in aid of St Christropher’s
Hospice, St Margaret’s Church and Halstead Community Primary School. We
appreciate each and every contribution, and would like to honour all those
people who helped us make it happen. So -
A big thank you to all
the lovely garden owners, without whom there would not have been an event
– Nick & Sarah Amott, Ken & Shirley Austen, Helen & Simon Brown, Mary &
Neil McLaren, Sally Nicholson, Adrian & Annie Stevens, David & Jane
Taylor, Geoff Thomas, Shelley Ratcliffe & Rachel Tooley, Jane Whitby; and
of course their wonderful volunteers on the day - including Edwina
Beaumont, Tina Bennett, Sheila Bent, Margaret Ellis, Emma & Steve and
Libby & Tiss Grice, Betty & Peter Lewis, Tara Lynch, Brenda & John Rogers,
Lin Stevens and Carol Sales.
A special thank you for the completion
of the stunning Sensory Garden at our school, created by the amazing
Charlie Noble of Noble Gardens - with thanks to all the helpers and
businesses who supported him, including Davd Collier, Paul Collier, Andrew
Jeffries, George Porter and Joe Watts – as well as Homebase, Maidenhead
Aquatics, P.J.Supplies, Rothervalley Timber, Silverland Stone and Tate
Heartfelt thanks go to Cabbages & Kings, Hancocks, The
Cock Inn, The Rose & Crown, The Three Horseshoes in Knockholt as well as
Village Ironing – for not only kindly donating raffle prizes, but also
embracing this as a village event and actively supporting us by taking on
ticket sales, raffle sales as well as advertising. With special thanks to
Cabbage & Kings for generously donating a percentage of proceeds from
their one-off garden sale; and equally so to Village Ironing for the gift
of painstakingly ironed bunting, of which there was rather a lot.
big thank you for the generous donation of further raffle prizes goes to
Sarah Collier, Beryl Rumgay and Jean Williams, as well as to Coolings
Green & Pleasant, Cottage Farms, Chelsfield Golf Course, Hewitts Farm,
Noble Gardens, Polhill Farm Shop and Warren Court M.O.T. Centre - and of
course Polhill Garden Centre for their generous 1st prize of £100 in gift
We are indebted to everyone who made all on offer at the
Village Hall such a success, the range and quality of cakes raising many a
compliment as well as a significant contribution to funds, as did the
generous donation made by Iris Whitehead. So thank you to everyone
involved, above all to team leaders Gail Baker and Edna Parker and their
two teams for doing such a fantastic job, including Pat Benson, Gail
Benton, Natalie Cater, Linda Dalton, June Johnson, Sandra Picton, Barbara
Ryan – and Pat Emery, Ruby Lewis, Jean Jones, Chris Mottram, Peggy
Richards and Heather Truslow.
Of course a huge thank you also goes
to everyone who helped us open up our school grounds for gardens, cream
teas, live music and more on a Sunday! With special thanks to the
remarkable David Barnes for his wonderful jazz - and to all our lovely
volunteers, including Emma Clarke, Val Collier, Kelly Smith, Sophia
Storkey, Emma Thompson, Alicia Troth, Sue Ward, Nicole Welsh and Sheena
Welch for all their help.
We are also very grateful to the
Horticultural Society for kindly running the plant sale stall with such
elan and success, with big thanks to Barry & Chrissy Blundel, Pam Kitcatt,
Anne Rowlands, Margaret Sellers, Sally Shannon and her daughter, and Kay
Spurrier; with a special thank to you Gerald Brooks at Curry Farm Nursery
for providing plants at cost on a sale or return basis, and the kind
donation of hanging baskets.
We were very lucky too to be able to
maintain another Halstead Open Gardens tradition this year – thank you
very much indeed to Brenda Haynes for organising everything to do with the
art exhibition held in the Parish Rooms, and not least for the generous
donation of its proceeds.
We were also very glad to be able to
keep the car exhibition at the Village House on this year’s programme,
with special thanks to Nick Beaumont, Brandon Hayward and Adrian Stevens.
Two other individuals whose contributions were much appreciated are
Jenn Thomas, who provided a warm welcome and informative tour to all
visitors of the church – and Mary Blake, who took beautiful photos of the
open gardens, and generously donated a percentage of the proceeds from her
card and craft stall.
We are also very grateful to Lewis Grey and
everyone who helped him organize and manage the bus stop Information
Point, including Nick Beaumont, Pat & Paul Lewis and Jill & Ken Sofocleous.
And we are equally grateful to the parking team for preventing it all from
going horribly wrong, with special thanks to Warren Card, John Evans, Jeff
Highmore, Jock Rumgay and Vanda Wilson.
Then of course a big thank
you must go to everyone else who helped with advertising – in particular
Richard Foreman at the Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies; Kings
Estate Agents in Sevenoaks and all who agreed to the putting up of their
boards; Coolings and Polhill Garden Centre for the display of flyers on a
larger scale; Pratts Bottom Village Fête Committee for the use of their
posts – and Knockholt Horticultural Society for generously displaying
flyers at their stall; to Otford Primary School, St Katherine’s Primary
School, Pratts Bottom Primary School and Green Street Green Primary School
for kindly agreeing to put flyers into book bags; the four postmen who
equally kindly distributed flyers for us– Andy Clarke, Paul Collier,
Graham Sharp and Mick Twort – and all the many of you who helped spread
the word. It worked!
A huge thank you must also go to Lewis Grey
and Tracey McCartney – both key members of the Open Gardens committee
formed by P.A.F.A. from the beginning, whose contributions have been
invaluable. And though technically a member of P.A.F.A. herself, we would
really like to say again how much we appreciate the enormous input into
Open Gardens – not to mention the ongoing support of our school - provided
by Anna Porter. You never really leave, they say…it would seem so!
This brings us to someone who also merits a separate mention. Lisa
Jones was P.A.F.A.’s chairperson extraordinaire and driving force for
several years - and Halstead Open Gardens 2015 quite simply wouldn’t have
taken place were it not for her vision and initiative. Thank you Lisa.
As P.A.F.A., we would also like to thank headteacher Leslie Hawkins
for enabling us to organise such a wonderful village event, with the
school at its centre. Halstead Community Primary School is a remarkable
place, and as parents and friends of the school we are always pleased to
see it further strengthen its ties with the village community, and vice
Finally, to whoever was responsible for sunshine on the 7th
- you’re hired!
Annà Rumgay, P.A.F.A., Halstead Open Gardens
Contact: Leslie Hawkins, Halstead Community Primary
School, 532224 Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm
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