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Celebration of Appleby Life
And Open Gardens

A programme of events took place over the weekend of July 14th and 15th 2007 to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the restoration work on the village Church of St Bartholomew.

Many visitors enjoyed the flower displays in the Church celebrating people of Appleby past and present - it was lovely to see the Church so well decorated!

A concert in the evening of Saturday 14th also attracted a wide and appreciative audience.

The Open Garden Event on Sunday was made even more memorable by the deluge encountered during the earlier part of the afternoon! Taking part in the event by opening our own garden, I can honestly say I have never seen so many smiling faces and bright brollies coming up our garden path as I did today! Keen gardeners are not put off by the rain it seems. Everyone was very enthusiastic, from commenting on how wonderful the gardens around the village were looking to how much they always enjoy visiting Appleby. We heard about other peoples gardens and the work that goes into them, as well as their favourite plants - in fact we met so many lovely, interesting people we really hardly noticed the rain!

The Village Hall served Lunches and Afternoon Teas, and who can resist a slice of scrumptious homemade cake? It was a sell out!

The funds raised over the weekend will go towards the Restoration Appeal as well as to the general running of the Church.

I personally would like to say THANK YOU to all the visitors who made the weekend the success it was. Thank you also to everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes - as I type this I am sure you are all enjoying a hard earned cup of tea!
Last but not least to all the keen gardeners of Appleby - Well Done one and all!