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Up Open Gardens Open Gardens 2014

Twenty five years ago, the Priory Church of St. Mary the Virgin, in Tutbury, Staffordshire celebrated its 900th Anniversary.  During the year long celebrations, a Flower Festival organised by a group of enthusiastic flower arrangers was staged.  The festival was such a success and those creating the arrangements did not want to go their separate ways, so the Tutbury Flower Club was formed, subsequently celebrating its 24th Anniversary this year.   

To mark another milestone in the Church's life, 925 years, events are being held during this year with the last week-end in June being influenced by flowers.   It is also the 22nd Anniversary of Tutbury Open Gardens, this event too was born from the 900th Anniversary.   As anniversaries are much to the fore what better way than to: "Say It With Flowers".

From Friday, 27th to Monday, 30th June 2014 inclusive, the Tutbury Flower Club is organising an Anniversary flower event "Say It With Flowers" in the Priory Church.  The Church will be open from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. each day.  As well as flower displays, organisations, groups and businesses within the Village and beyond, have been asked to create an "Anniversary Card" to celebrate their own Anniversary and to demonstrate what they do.  If you would be interested in creating a card for your church or organisation, we will only be too happy to provide you with the necessary card and instructions - the more the merrier.

Over the same weekend as part of the popular national Open Gardens movement, Tutbury is opening over 16 gardens to the public for the 22nd year in a row on the same weekend.  Opening hours are on Saturday, 28th and Sunday, 29th June, from 12.00 noon to 6.00 p.m.  

The gardens are varied and each "Tells a Story" and are well worth visiting.  This week-end is always very popular indeed and well supported, we hope that this year will be the same.   Music is on going in the church Saturday and Sunday and the Open Gardens Week-end is closed at 6.00 p.m. by a Songs of Praise Service in the Church.   Cream Teas will be available in the church, as well as refreshment in the various gardens.   The plant stalls in some gardens are also very popular.  

If that is not enough, Tutbury has done very well as part of the Heart of England In Bloom to win the coveted Silver Gilt award in the Small Town category two years in a row and a Gold Award in it’s third year of entry in 2013 - preparations are underway for the 2014 entry. We are thus confident that you will undoubtedly see Tutbury at its best this summer

If you have not visited Tutbury, this will be a good week-end to do so, plenty to see and do.  

A visit to our beautiful Norman Church is a must, with its many historic and interesting features - we are very proud of our Norman Alabaster Arch, at the great West door.   The money raised from the Open Gardens Week-End will go towards the restoration of this Arch.

If you would be interested in a guided tour of the Church, please ring Shirley on 01283 815270.

Information about the church and its activities can be always be obtained by visiting this website.

We do hope that you will be able to pay us a visit to see us to give a hearty welcome by saying it it with flowers.  Please contact the Churchwardens at judith.collison@btinternet.com or  joycelyn.hickman@talktalk.netif you would like more information about the week-end.

Open Gardens 2014

Flower Festival/Open Gardens

Tutbury Open Gardens – 2014  - A big Thank You

The Big Weekend on the 925th year of St Mary’s Priory Church’s founding in 1089AD is over for another year and I expect you would like to know how it all went.

Well I can now reveal that whilst the weather was a bit indifferent, the provisional figures (with some monies possibly to still come) raised are these:

•     Open Gardens              £2778.73

•     Flower Festival             £1285.86

•     Total                          £4064.59

I think you will agree that this is a fantastic and gratifying result as well as being a great testament to all the hard work put in by you all.  A great thank you to you all from the Church and TOG committee.  It was especially lovely to see the gardens in the evening sunshine after the event on the Tuesday afterwards with all the pressure off.    

The committee group will be getting together shortly (to be arranged) to what went well and arrange a get thank you social event.  We are particularly keen to get next year’s event in everybody’s diary to make 2015 an even more inclusive and successful event.

We are also grateful for the support received from local businesses and organisations.  Nestlé provided a Dolce Gusto Coffee machine as our main raffle prize and retailers have supported our joint effort with Tutbury In Bloom in showing our hanging baskets in the High Street and Monk Street.  We also our grateful to our sponsors who donated items and money to make the event so successful again this year.

Finally on a personal note, I was unfortunately not able to see the gardens on the Wednesday evening or get round to all the gardens and thank you personally this year but thank you anyway.

Best regards and God bless

Philip G Norris

Chairman – Tutbury Open Gardens 2014