open gardens

Open Gardens in Sayers Common


A garden in Sayers Common is opening its doors in aid of St Peter & James Hospice at the end of the month. The Old Coach House will welcome visitors for the third time in ten years on 27th & 28th April 2019.

Owner Claudine Lower is well prepared and looking forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible. “Lots of friends have all been very generous, so there will be plenty of cakes, refreshments and raffle prizes on offer.”

Claudine remembers the Donkey Derbies which took place in the 50s and which started the fundraising for what was to become St Peter & St James Hospice and is keen to support the cause.

Those who have been before will notice an addition this year; a display of bluebells and a short walk has been fashioned in the grounds. Gates open at 11am.

Hurstpierpoint gardens on display

By Prue Heron
The final count has been made and this year’s Hurstpierpoint Open Gardens will have no less than eight gardens opening, centred around the Trinity Road car park end of the village. The charity event takes place on Sunday 14th June 1-5.30pm.
     We have a real variety of gardens to welcome you - from the ‘blink or you’ll miss it’ 13 Western Road, to the splendid walled garden of Norfolk House built in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, as well as seven other beautiful gardens offering everything in between! Crammed with plants and vegetables and offering fantastic views, you won’t fail to have a happy afternoon. Two gardens are offering teas and cakes and others are offering elderflower cordial, ice cream, glasses of red wine, as well as sales of plants, jams and chutneys, cakes, lavender bags, art and energy bars.
     There is free Sunday parking in Trinity Road car park and a hop-on, hop-off minibus. Last year was a huge success and St Peter and St James Hospice was delighted with the remarkably large £6,000 donation from Hurstpierpoint. We hope to make a substantial donation again this year and that you will help us by supporting this colourful and convivial annual Hurstpierpoint village event. Keep an eye out for posters around the village and see our website which has more details.

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