WHAT may prove a record number of at least 600 people toured Barwick in Elmet in lovely sunshine to admire 11 gardens open for viewing last Sunday.
“This is our biggest fundraising event of the year and it’s been excellent,” John Tinker, Chairman of Barwick in Bloom, told the Wetherby News.
“As always, we are very grateful to the villagers who kindly opened their gardens and to the 50 or so ladies who prepared and served the popular refreshments.”
As four of the open gardens were some distance from the village centre, Barwick in Bloom met the cost of a courtesy minibus for the benefit of older or less mobile visitors. Jack Heap’s Field has probably never been so full of cars as people enjoyed the free parking there.
Advance publicity attracted visitors from many parts of Yorkshire; John said many had commented on “how good the village is looking.”
Many also took the opportunity to admire the recently refurbished parish church of All Saints and its much improved churchyard, which won a Gold medal in Yorkshire in Bloom last year.
l VILLAGERS who opened their gardens this year were Maureen and Don Croll of Richmondfield Lane, Ruth and George Ainley of Leeds Road, Barbara and Ian Richardson of The Orchards, near The Cross, Wendy and Tim Ward of Aberford Road, Cath and Ken Milner of The White House, Potterton Lane, Carolyn and Robert Cockerham of Potterton Lane, Ron Quarmby of Aberford Road, Margaret and David Clough of Fieldhead Drive, Ann and Tony Moore of Fieldhead Drive, Ruth and Stephen Wiles of Assbridge Lodge, Aberford Road and Angela and Malcolm Swift of Rose Middle Cottages, Potterton.