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After 20 years of sterling service to the St. Stephen’s Millennium Green Trust Jackie Harris has decided to retire as a Trustee.
The Trustees would like to thank Jackie for her tireless support of the Millennium Green over many years and for her great work in organising many fund-raising events over two decades. Indeed Jackie played a major role in the great success of the Lansdown Open Gardens just last weekend. The financial health of the Trust owes a great deal to Jackie’s fund-raising efforts.
Jackie also spent much time helping with plantings and gardening on the Green. The current magnificent state of the Green is in a significant part down to her dedication and efforts over the past years.
The Trustees would also like to thank Jackie’s husband Richard for all the effort he has put into fund-raising events over the past years.
This year’s Lansdown Open Gardens event on August 22nd was a great success with a dry sunny day at long last. Five gardens and the Millennium Green all looking resplendent in perfect summer sunshine. Thank you to everyone for coming to support the event.
Over 325 visitors came and sales of entry, teas, plants and preserves, and raffle tickets raised over £3,000, which is essential in keeping the Green as a welcoming community space for everyone.
Below is a selection of photos from the open gardens and activities on the Millennium Green. (click on a photo to see full size and then scroll through photos).
We are very grateful to the five people who opened their gardens, to all the volunteers who manned the stalls, and to everyone who provided all those delicious cakes. Stan Scott has performed on the Green several times and we are grateful to him once again for providing excellent jazz for everyone to enjoy whilst relaxing with their tea and cake. John, our gardener, prepared the Green so that it was looking at its best, even though we were several months later with the event than we had originally anticipated.
The winning raffle ticket number was 535.
The first part of the program of path renewal on the Millennium Green is (almost) complete. The path leading up to the Green from Richmond Road is almost redone – just a small section leading up to the Allotments arch to complete. Many thanks to trustee Duncan Spooner and his team for all their hard work in breaking up the old path surface and laying down 10 tonnes of hoggin. No need for the gym when there is this job to be done.
The Millennium Green’s first foray into virtual talks was very successful. Local author, travel writer and ‘Turkophile’ Jeremy Seal gave a fascinating talk on his latest book ‘A Coup in Turkey’. He drew very interesting parallels between events in Turkey during the 1950’s and early 1960’s and events in Turkey today.
We hope that later this year we will be able to hold more ‘Tea & Talk’ and ‘Tea & Wine’ events which will be ‘live’.
The new St. Stephen’s Millennium Green Lottery has been launched. Participating in the Lottery is an additional way to support the Millennium Green.
A draw will be held every month with 50% of ticket sales revenue going towards the monthly prize and 50% going towards the upkeep of the Green. The goal is to have at least 100 monthly tickets sold at £2 per ticket which would give a monthly prize of £100. The more tickets sold the larger the monthly prize.
Lottery participants pay by annual standing order purchasing a minimum of one £2 monthly ticket at an annual cost of £24. More than one monthly ticket may purchased at an annual cost of £48 for two monthly tickets, £72 for three monthly tickets etc.
The first monthly draw will be held on 7th March 2021.
For more information and to apply for tickets click here.
After over 20 years Mary Ede has decided to retire as a Trustee of the St. Stephens’s Millennium Green Trust.
Mary has been involved with the Millennium Green from its very early days and was one of the group of people who worked hard to preserve the Millennium Green and the St. Stephen’s Allotments from the hands of developers.
As well as serving as a Trustee for many years Mary has also supported many of the Millennium Green fund raising events. In particular Mary did much to support the Lansdown Open Gardens which has become a well-established annual event for the local community.
In the accompany picture Mary can be seen second from the left at the front alongside Ede family members on the occasion of the Ede family donation of the sundial to the Millennium Green.
The Jam & Chutney sale on the Millennium Green held on Dec 9th was a great success. All the products were sold out after 40 minutes and £183 was raised towards the upkeep of the Millennium Green.
Many thanks to Jackie Harris for organising the sale and to Brenda Bridgeman, Mary Ede and Bridget Carter for supplying jams and chutneys. Thanks also to everyone who bought products to help support the Millennium Green.
This year there will not be a physical AGM of the St. Stephen’s Millennium Green Trust in November due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
Instead we have organised a ‘Virtual AGM’. The usual AGM documents (previous minutes, the Chairman’s Report, and the Treasurer’s Report) have been posted on our website. View documents here.
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Autumn has now come to the Millennium Green with golden colours showing across the Green. Do go to the Green to enjoy the colours in the Autumn sunshine. Click on images to enlarge.