A message from our chairpersons

The Great Bellerby Open Gardens Day 2008

The comments from visitors often repeated were "what a lovely village' and how well everyone had contributed to make a memorable day out. The sunshine certainly helped to bring visitors in and the wide publicity for the day was a major factor.

The refreshments were praised over and over "wonderful home cooked food. At the start of the day the tables were indeed laden with a tremendous display of Bellerby resident's expertise, even those on holiday had left their contributions to be brought in on the day. Liz and her team coped magnificently with a flood of over 500 visitors.

So many different jobs were carried out, all vital to the day - selling tickets, parking cars, answering queries and counting money as it came in. Thanks to Len Scott and Lewis Peace for providing the car parks.

The 18 scarecrows were witty and varied and over 100 voting slips were returned. The trail was so well organised by Lynn and Bob that they could have a job for life. The variety of attractions, scarecrows, aviary and gypsy caravans made it fun for the children.

The show gardens triumphed over the previous unseasonable weather, and were "like magic hidden gardens" to the visitors.
Pam Fawcett and her team worked magic on all the donated goods and turned them into gold. The Air Ambulance benefitted to the tune of £1,100, quite staggering.

Towards the end of the day the scene of people sitting on the green in the sunshine listening to Leyburn Town Band was delightful. The chairs for the band were provided by courtesy of Rev. Huggett.

It was a busy day for everyone but a wonderful achievement to raise over £2,000 for the support of the Memorial Hall.
We can only say "Thank You" again.

Kitty & John Weedon

And the band played on
Graham Wilson
"our holiday Home?"
Graham Wilson
Crowds flocked to Bellerby and enjoyed the wonderful weather and beautiful gardens on Open Gardens Day, Sunday13 July.

Over 600 adults and lots of children discovered a variety of 'magic hidden gardens', including the new cottage garden at Swallows' Barn; the circular lawn and 'Jungle corner' at Hill Top House and the romance of Hall Garth's planting. Altogether 14 gardens, a display of gypsy caravans and an aviary were open to view.

Visitors praised the standard and variety of the gardens, the prettiness of the village and the friendliness of local people. They followed the becks through the village and a Scarecrow Trail of 18 witty creations. Sheep featured prominently along with a beekeeper, footballer, clown, barbecue chef, Little Bo Peep, and the Invisible Man.
The most popular scarecrow, voted by the visitors, was from last year's winner, Tony Gregg. His 'Auction' featured two sheep, a cow and calf and an auctioneer. Second place went to Lynn and Bob Matheson's 'Baa-gain Hunt' with another sheep and 'David Dickinson', in sporty hat and snazzy waistcoat. Prizes were donated from the V Flora gardening catalogue.

The Leyburn Band played to the crowds on the Green in the afternoon and added to the atmosphere and enjoyment of the event.
Liz Scott and her team provided 'wonderful home made food' which was greatly appreciated throughout the day.

£2,500 was raised for the Memorial Hall Fund and Pam Fawcett's Table-Top Sale and Tombola made an amazing £1,100 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Thanks go to everyone involved in the day, which was a great village event, and to the visitors who supported it and had a great day out.

Swallows Barn
Graham Wilson
Beyond the Garden
Graham Wilson
Leyburn Band
Leslie Irvine
Eric Shepherd
Eric Shepherd
Eric Shepherd
Eric Shepherd
Eric Shepherd
Eric Shepherd
Eric Shepherd