2016 Open Gardens

Despite the wet conditions over the weekend of June 11th and 12th hundreds of people visited Astwood Bank Open Gardens and helped raise well over one thousand pounds that will be distributed amongst local charities and organisations.

Carnival Queen Jess Davies

Carnival Queen Jess Davies

As one of many events arranged by the Astwood Bank Carnival group the event was also attended by members of the recently appointed Carnival royalty. Carnival Queen Jess Davies seen here smelling the roses said how wonderful all of the gardens looked and how she could see all of the effort the gardeners had put in to putting on such a magnificent show.

Carnival princesses Anna Smith and Sophie Lightfoot were also out and about visiting many of the gardens but also admiring some of the displays installed by the Astwood Bank in Bloom group.

Mayor Joe Baker

Mayor Joe Baker

The event was also supported by Mayor Joe Baker and Councillor Jayne Potts.

Lesley Jones, who organised the event, was delighted with the amount of money raised despite the disappointing weather, and how far people came to see the gardens, noting that we had visitors from north Birmingham, Solihull, and Kidderminster as well as many local residents discovering many new gardens and areas of our village that they don’t normally see. Many of our gardeners commented that although it had needed some extra effort to get their gardens ready they were delighted to not only have visitors to appreciate their efforts, but they had done their bit in raising much needed funds for the local community.

 

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Area to support Field
Key activities you could help with Promoting stall bookings
Assisting with organising arena acts before the event
Assisting with the running of the arena on the day
Assisting with directing stall holders on the morning of the carnival
Litter picking on carnival day
Helping set up the field the day before carnival (putting out tables and chairs, helping erect gazebos, putting out signs etc)Helping clear up the day after carnival (taking down gazebos, putting chairs and tables away, taking down signs)
Approximate amount of your time throughout a typical year Activities before carnival, it could be a few hours here and there. Helping on carnival day, or for the set up and clearing up, you could offer to do a couple of hours. Running the arena would be the whole of carnival day (but with a prime seat to watch all the action!)
Skills / interests that match this role would include: No special skills required for most jobs. For running the arena, being assertive (to make sure people are where they should be) would be helpful.
Contact for further information: Charlotte Shepard charlotteshepard@live.co.uk
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