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Visitors enjoy another year of ‘Open Gardens’…


Gardens 1 & 2Photos: T Green 

The sun shone last Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June, helping to make this year’s Open Garden event one of the best ever, according to our local participants.

13 Bantlam Lane and 12 Alexander Avenue in Enderby combined their events, with much to delight visitors who were able to visit one location and then visit the other on the same entrance ticket.

At Bantlam Lane it was the first year that Clive and Helen Biggs have hosted an open garden event and Helen told Enderby EYE they had “somewhere around 150 visitors” and had received a lot of compliments.

Photo: OGS

Their garden is described as “A pretty cottage garden packed full of flowering shrubs and herbaceous perennials. There are many areas of interest with ornaments and water features.

A small courtyard garden opens into a wisteria covered pergola lined with a fern filled bog garden and large potted acers. This leads to a wildlife pond and additional paved seating areas surrounded with fragrant roses.”

Open GardenPhoto: OGS

The normal format of these events is for visitors to generally enjoy the gardens, purchase plants, cakes and tea/coffee, raising funds for the ‘Open Gardens Scheme’ charity.

On their inaugural event Clive and Helen decided to do something ‘differently’. The difference was in the form of bottles of Prosecco as an alternative to tea or coffee. However, due possibly to the time of day and the ‘age demographic’ the Prosecco experiment may be shelved for future events! Nevertheless, between the Prosecco and the plant sales, Clive said the location raised around £500 for the cause.

Further into the village at Alexandra Avenue, Pat and John Beeson welcomed visitors to what is described as a “….small town garden which has been carefully designed to make full use of the space available and to provide interest all year round”.

Pond at 12 Alexander (Open Gardens)View across the pond at 12 Alexander      [Photo: OGS]

The Beeson’s dispensed with the lawn giving them space to create different areas in the garden, including a pond. The area is also able to accommodate a wide variety of plants chosen for their colour and to attract wildlife.

John and Pat said their garden is an ‘extension of the house’, a place to potter, relax and enjoy.

John and Pat Beeson: Our garden is an ‘extension of the house’   [Photo: OGS]

This is the sixth year that the Beeson’s have taken part in the Open Gardens and John told Enderby EYE that he and Pat had sold around one hundred tickets at their venue which would be added to the number of tickets sold for the Bantlam Lane venue.

photo: open gardenPhoto: Enderby EYE

John said he thought there were probably more visitors this year “…probably because of the two gardens combining the events” and the money raised from plant sales, cakes and beverages overall totalled around £900.

The combined monies raised are forwarded to the ‘National Open Gardens Scheme’ which adds the amount to its general fund from which it awards money to a number of charitable  beneficiaries.

The National Scheme

The National Garden Scheme is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country, donating over £50 million since its first ‘open garden’ event in 1927 when ‘The National Garden Scheme’ was founded. In that founding year, Individuals were asked to open up their gardens for ‘a shilling a head’. In the first year 609 gardens raised over £8,000.

Current beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice U.K., Carer’s Trust, Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinsons U.K., MS Society, the Leonard Cheshire Homes amongst many others.

In 2017, on the 90th Anniversary of the Scheme, it celebrated with its biggest ever donation amount of £3 million to the beneficiary charities. That Included a new Gardens and Health beneficiary, which for 2017 was The National Autistic Society.


EH Smith inspires building trade to make dreams come true for Leicestershire’s sick children

Presentation of cheque.
Pictured is Darren Moore, EH Smith General Sales Supervisor; Janine Bates, Wishes 4 Kids and EH Smith Trade Counter Negotiator Lea Bodycot.

Builders’ merchant EH Smith held a fundraising day at its Enderby, Leicester branch recently encouraging local builders, plumbers, decorators and other trades to raise money to help make the dreams of some of Leicestershire’s most poorly children come true.

The event, in aid of Regent Road, Leicester-based charity Wishes 4 Kids, raised more than £700 in just one day.

During the day, customers at EH Smith competed for a golf day at Forest of Arden club, a range of tech gadgets and games such as an iPad and Football Table, and Amazon Kindle Fire, shopping vouchers, steel-capped safety boots, Porotherm Tool Kit and even a silent auction for £1,000.00 patio kit.

Wishes 4 Kids was created to grant a wish for children and youngsters in Leicestershire who are life limited, terminally ill, have experienced life-changing physical or emotional traumas, have suffered major abuse or are diagnosed as HIV positive.

EH Smith’s Darren Moore, who organised the day along with colleague Lea Bodycott, said:

“The day was fantastic. We had a lot of support from some of our key suppliers providing us with an array of brilliant raffle prizes. All members of staff got involved too and worked together to make the day a huge success and lots of fun.

 “I know how hard Wishes4Kids work to support families with sick children and I was overwhelmed by the generosity and support of our suppliers and our customers from the Leicestershire building community. All in all, it was a great day and with a fantastic amount raised for a very worthwhile cause!”

 Charity founder Russell Brickett added:

“On the half of the charity I would like to thank EH Smith, its suppliers and customers, for supporting Wishes 4 Kids with their fundraising event.

We rely solely on the public for donations to grant wishes for poorly Leicestershire children and we are grateful to EH Smith and thank them in advance, on behalf of the children whose wishes we will be able to grant as a result of their kindness.”

Pavilion Family Fun Day

69659-blab-charity-fun-day-ad-artworkThis weekend sees the Pavilion Leisure Centre throw open its doors for a fantastic Family Fun Day.

Taking place at the centre on Sports Field Lane, Huncote, LE9 3BN, the FREE event gives families a chance to enjoy the last few days of the warm weather at Blaby District Council’s leisure centre.

Starting at 10am, the day will feature activities both inside and out. Activities including Stalls, inflatables, bubble football and the skate park will be available outside. Inside the whole leisure centre will be open, including drop-in squash and badminton, gym sessions and toddler town.

The hugely anticipated Manchester Derby will also be available to watch in the licensed bar from 12:30pm.

All proceeds raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

For more information about the open day, call 0116 275 0246 or e-mail leisure@blaby.gov.uk.


Activities on Offer:

Huncote Hornets – BMX Club Promotion (With Show)
Burger Vans
Huncote Harriers Running Club
Lemon Jelly Performing Arts Group
Slimming World
Pet Food Stall
Craft Stall
Cake Stall
Sure Start Centre
Popcorn / Candy Floss
Ice Cream Van
Fire Service
Police Car
Bubble Football
Wheels Skate Park
Drop in 3G Football

Inside the Pavilion Leisure Centre

Drop in Squash
Drop in Badminton
Toddler town
Winstanley Wizards – Table Tennis Robot
Gym Sessions
Fast Classes
Gym Tasters
Personal Trainer Sessions
Staff Bake Off
Teas and Coffees Available
Bar Licence Extended
Manchester Derby – Sky Sports 1

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Enderby College Fun Run raises over £6,000

fun run smallBrockington College in Enderby has announced raising over £6000 for charity.

The College posted on Twitter: Before Easter we raised over £6000 for charity with our Fun Run!

The ‘Fun Run’ is an annual event and has previously raised an amount of money for charitable projects.

In the March 2016 Bulletin, Principle Chris Southall wrote:

Our fun run on the last day of term is organised by Jo Wyeth and funds raised support the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation and Kash4Kenya/South Africa.

“These two charities do amazing work. The NSIF fundraising has led to pioneering work resulting in hope for those suffering life-changing paralysis.

“The Brockington College Kash4Kenya/South Africa Charity developed by Sarah Heggs is literally helping to keep people alive in the Kenyan villages that we support and to provide vital aid to people in both Kenya and South Africa.

“Our support over time together for those two charities has already raised nearly £100,000.”

Photos from the event can be viewed on the College’s Flikr account

Enderby Band help to raise £9k for charity

ESO at Curve smallEnderby Band was delighted to hear that a show in which the band appeared has raised almost £9000 for charity.

Enderby Bands’ website reports that the show, entitled ‘We’ll Meet Again’, was held in November last year at Leicester’s Curve Theatre and was staged to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Second World War.

The promoter of the event, Leicester’s Lord Lieutenant Lady Gretton recently presented a cheque to the county president of the Royal British Legion, Colonel Robert Martin.

The show, which was created by local arts charity Applause, told the story of the conflict through the eyes of the people of Leicestershire using images and popular music of the time.

The band were part of a line up of artists performing on the night which also included Elaine Pantling, David Morris and Jenny Saunders, Curve Young Theatre Company and vocal group The Simpletones.

Speaking about the event, Lady Gretton said:

‘We enjoyed a wonderful mix of music and drama with light-hearted moments and tear-jerking moments. All of this was for such a good cause.’

Col. Martin commented:

The Royal British Legion is the custodian of remembrance and the Poppy Appeal is at the heart of our fund-raising. The fantastic amount will go towards supporting our vital work.’

The Band on stage at Curve [Photo: Enderby Band]
The Band on stage at Curve [Photo: Enderby Band]
It is the second year the band has appeared at Curve – in 2014 the band performed at a similar event to mark the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.

This event also raised a similar amount for the Poppy Appeal.

Keep up to date with the Band’s activities at http://www.enderbybands.co.uk/