Stony Stratford Open Gardens
As from October 2015 we have had our own standalone site at:
We are leaving this site in place as an archive.
Stony Stratford Open Gardens now has its own webpage at http://www.stonyopengardens.info/.
Stony Stratford Open Gardens 2013
In 2013 Stony Stratford Open Gardens will be on the weekend of 15 & 16 June 2013.
The Stony Open Gardens Committee and the garden openers were delighted to hand over the amazing sum of £6100 to Willen Hospice on Monday, 11 July 2011, following their very successful Stony Open Gardens weekend of 25 & 26 June 2011. Stony Stratford residents know what wonderful work Willen Hospice does providing palliative care for patients and supporting their families, and we were particularly pleased to be able to contribute this amount in the year that Willen Hospice is celebrating its 30th Anniversary!
The Stony Open Gardens weekend also raised £2000 for Stony in Bloom, and this will be used on specific projects to enhance the town. (Last time money from Stony Open Gardens was used to create the Queen Eleanor Garden at the north end of the High Street.)
The sunshine was a great boon, but the success of the weekend was really due to a great deal of hard work put in by a large number of people. Advance publicity targeted potential visitors from well beyond Stony Stratford, and approximately 800 tickets were sold.
Many thanks go to the garden openers, who devoted huge amounts of time to making their gardens attractive. In addition, visitors could see Russell Street School Science Garden, the York House Community plots, allotments and Stony in Bloom perennial beds.
Many thanks go also to the garden sitters, the ticket and raffle sellers, and the WI for their tasty refreshments and tea in the Swinfen Harris Hall. We are grateful to all those who donated cakes and plants. Stony Stratford Town Council provided financial support, and the Business Association, Green Thumb Lawn Treatment Services and Gifford Partnership sponsored the programme. Kate Davies designed the programme free of charge. A special thank you to to the Greek Church, the staff at Nationwide Building Society and S.G. Willis & Sons for their valuable assistance.
All in all it was a great community effort which offered enjoyment to many, and much-needed financial support to Willen Hospice – a very worthy cause!
On Saturday, 4 June 2011 a number of Stony in Bloom volunteers took turns inthe High Street to sell raffle tickets for the Stony Open Gardens draw and tickets for the Stony Open Gardens event to be held on 25/26 June 2011. Stony Stratford businesses, as well as Roman Way Garden Centre, Silverstone Circuit, and MK Dons have been fantastically generous in donating brilliant prizes for the draw. All the money from the raffle tickets will go to Willen Hspice, which we all value so much in our community. The rest of the money raised from the Stony Open Gardens event will be divided between Willen Hospice and Stony in Bloom.
We were delighted to sell 81 raffle tickets in the course of the morning, and 16 tickets for the Open Gardens. Meanwhile a number of individuals have been rushing around selling as many raffle tickets and Open Gardens tickets as they possibly can in advance of the day. Tickets and raffles can also be bought in Odells, Lesley Arkin Opticicians and the Willen Hospice shops. They will also be on sale at other local events, and on the High Street on 18 June.
Previous Stony Open Gardens
Below is an account of the very successful Stony Open Gardens in 2009.
Saturday–Sunday, 11–12 July 2009
12 noon–5 pm
Garden lovers of the world –
feast your eyes on Stony Stratford’s beautiful gardens
This biennial event, established in 2003, was organised for the first time by the Stony in Bloom Group. It was an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy a stroll and admire eighteen charming gardens and two allotment sites (open 2–5 pm) in Stony Stratford.
On the Saturday visitors were welcome to the opening of the new Russell Street School Science Garden.
At York House delicious home-made cakes, sandwiches and drinks were served by the WI.
By taking part in Stony Open Gardens, not only were you supporting Stony in Bloom, you were also aiding Willen Hospice, which may not survive this period of financial difficulty without your help. Willen Hospice provides unique care and comfort to terminally ill adults and vital support to their families.
In addition to 50% of money raised by Stony Open Gardens, all proceeds from the lottery and raffle, with a first prize of £1,000, went to Willen Hospice.
"Stony Open Gardens" Opens
The Official Opening was performed at York House by Christopher Eyes from Willen Hospice. He spoke on behalf of Willen Hospice and thanked SOG for their efforts before cutting the tape. To his right in the photo is Gill Williams (in red) who organised through the WI mouth-watering cakes to take with tea and, on the far right, is Janice Windon the overall co-ordinator of SOG.
Stony Open Gardens raises £4000 for Willen Hospice
The weekend proved not only very enjoyable but also very worthwhile inasmuch as the organisers were able to present a £4,000 cheque to Willen Hospice which was particularly appreciated in the current climate of recession. £1,882.90 was raised for Stony in Bloom's funds. (See the presentation photo on the Stony in Bloom 2009 page.)
Stony Open Gardens
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Map and List of Open Gardens
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Lottery/Raffle Prize List
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Details of Plant Sale, Teas and Refreshments at York House
- Watercolour Painting For All Course
- Act Up and Act Out Young Persons Drama Group
- Citizens Advice Outreach Service at Stony Stratford Library - Thursdays