Lady Bay Open Gardens enjoyed its 23rd successful event in June. There were 16 diverse gardens open over the two days on a sunny weekend and the visitors flocked in to enjoy them at this ever-popular charitable event. An amazing £3,653.81 was raised by gardeners in individual gardens for charities of their choice, which included Leonard Cheshire Disability, Action for Children, Hearing Dogs, Water Aid and Millwood Cat Rescue.
Money was raised by selling plants and cakes, doing quizzes and face painting and, of course, manning the Human Jukebox, which is becoming a tradition. The staff, residents and volunteers of Leonard Cheshire Disability on Julian Road were fundraising for a new TV for the residents lounge and were delighted to raise £563.19 by providing cream teas and a book stall. The new TV has been bought and installed.
As always, the scouts provided tea, coffee and extremely delicious cakes and a raffle and raised £660.29 towards their continuing effort to raise money for a new scout hut. Entertainment was provided by the Human Juke Box from the Poppy and Pint Folk Club. The Trent Navigation Company performed excellent sea shanties during four gigs at four locations, live music performances by piano students at 1 Pierrepont Road, vibrant drumming workshops at Lady Bay pub and schoolchildren gave two delightful zumba demonstrations.
Profits from the entrance fee came to £2,739.78 which goes to the Lady Bay Community Fund, which is administered by a Board of Trustees. Grants are available from the fund to Lady Bay residents for worthwhile charitable causes. Application forms are available at the chemist and the post office in October.