The St. Stephen’s Millennium Green Trust runs several fundraising and community events during the year. Usually these will include the Lansdown Open Gardens which is normally held in June. Information about past and future events will be found on this page.
Now that the Omicron wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is easing we have provisionally scheduled two events for 2022 with a “Talk with Wine” scheduled for the evening of April 27th 2022 and the Lansdown Open Gardens scheduled for June 19th 2022.
Future & Past Events
- The 2022 Lansdown Open Gardens
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.
- ‘Talk with Wine’ April 27th 2022
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.
- The 2021 Lansdown Open Gardens
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.
- Jeremy Seal Zoom Talk March 7th 2021
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’.
- Jam & Chutney Sale On The Green – Dec 9th
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.
- The Virtual Lansdown Open Gardens
The Virtual Lansdown Open Gardens are now open and ready for your visit! This means that despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the physical Lansdown Open Gardens you can visit the gardens which would have been open via photos and videos. With all the wonderful weather that we have had recently the gardens are looking spectacular.
There are six gardens to visit and you can finish on the Millennium Green with virtual tea and cake. Admission is free (any donations of course greatly appreciated!)