An Open Gardens weekend in Billingborough was a huge success, raising £2,800 for St Andrew’s Church.
Last Saturday and Sunday, there were 11 open gardens ranging from demonstrations of gardening in a small space to groomed and productive plots of one acre. The two plant stalls and the ‘pot’ stall were very popular as were all the activities which took place in the church.
These included an art exhibition by Billingborough Art Group where pictures were not advertised for sale but sold anyway; a working layout of Billingborough Station before it was closed by Dr Beeching in the 1960s by the Spalding Model Railway Club; an exhibition of historic Billingborough photographs (“The Blasson Collection”) and a stall demonstrating the village’s Emergency Plan where several villagers signed up to help.
Organiser Michael King said: “However, the real gain was the spirit of the community and the pleasure of the visitors who this year came from as far afield as Grimsby and Tokyo! The organisers woke up on Saturday morning to moderately heavy rain and feared the worst but the skies cleared and by the opening time of 11am the day was fine. That was how both Saturday and Sunday remained and the sun shone through despite the pessimistic weather forecast.”