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The Lansdown Open Gardens held on Sunday June 19th was a very successful event despite some light rain later in the afternoon. Over 240 visitors viewed seven remarkable gardens across Lansdown and had a range of delicious cakes to enjoy with their tea and coffee on the Millennium Green. The plant and produce sale on the Millennium Green did a roaring trade with people making purchases from a wide selection of plants.
The event raised over £2100 towards the upkeep of the Millennium Green. Many thanks to all the garden owners who very kindly opened their gardens up to visitors. Many thanks also to all the helpers on the day who ensured a very successful event.
The winner of the Spring Photo Competition was valmote75. Many congratulations to her and many thanks for posting such a wonderful photo.
Judging by the Trustees was not easy with so many excellent photos entered into the competition. You can see all 85 photos at www.millenniumgreen.org.uk/photos.
The ‘Talk with Wine’ on April 27th was a great success with over 70 attendees and over £650 raised towards the upkeep of the Millennium Green. Professor Barry Gilbertson’s talk on ‘World Heritage: it’s importance to Bath and our local economy’ was very well received. Barry gave fascinating insights into the benefits and challenges to Bath of being a World Heritage City. Barry also spoke about the Bath Blitz given that April 27th was the 80th anniversary of the Blitz.
Many thanks to Anne Love, to her husband Charlie, to Chris Melbourne and to other helpers for making the events a success. Thanks also to the Royal High School for providing a great venue, the Sophie Cameron Centre.
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.