Archives for August 2011

Jennifer Aldridge | 24 August 2011

Ambridge's gardens open to support our Britain in Bloom bid

Lynda Snell writes:

You may well be aware that Ambridge plans to enter the Britain in Bloom competition next year. A committee has been formed with lots of ideas for how to make the most of our already beautiful village and I’m sure we’ll all be hearing lots more about the plans for the 2012 campaign over then next few months.

As mentioned briefly on this website a few weeks ago, to raise money for some of the exiting projects in store, over a dozen Ambridge amateur horticulturalists are throwing open their gardens this coming weekend (Sunday 28th August and Bank Holiday Monday the 29th).

We can promise a range of horticultural experiences, from the quaint cottage gardens of Glebe and Woodbine Cottages, fine productive vegetable plots such as Bert Fry’s at Brookfield Bungalow, up to the more expansive and specialist gardens such as mine at Ambridge Hall.  Do call in and experience my low-allergen area and my Shakespearean garden, which features only plants and flowers mentioned in the works of the Bard of Avon.

Gardens will be open from 11.00am until 5.00pm each day and two will also be serving cream teas – our thanks to Vicky Tucker of Willow Cottage and Hilary Noakes of Grange Spinney. Maps and a ticket giving entry to all the participating gardens are available from the Ambridge Community Shop, The Bull public house and Grey Gables Reception. Admission is £4 per adult (may I remind you this allows one to see all the gardens) and children under 16 are free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. Refreshments, of course, are extra.

All proceeds will be put towards projects to beautify Ambridge as part of our Britain in Bloom campaign, so I do urge you to make the most of this rare opportunity and to support such a worthy cause.

Jennifer Aldridge | 11 August 2011

All the Fun of the Fair at Downham!

Downham is holding its traditional Victorian Fair 15 – 21 August. Based around the railway station, which is preserved as part of the Blackberry Line, the event recreates the simple recreations of bygone days.

Mutton chop whiskers, frock coats and bustles abound, as the stallholders wear period costume. Visitors are invited to follow suit and there’s a daily prize for the best visitor’s costume.

The swing boats and original Carousel are always popular. Children (and adults too0 can try their hand at traditional sideshows including Hoop-la and Coconut shy.

The less energetic can enjoy Displays include Thatching and other craft demonstrations, Punch and Judy, Morris dancing and Barbershop singing (check for times)

And what better way to visit a Victorian fair than by arriving on a steam train? Services run between Hollerton Junction and Upper Croft on the Blackberry Line. Break your journey at Downham station for a trip back to the Victorian era!

Jennifer Aldridge | 2 August 2011

Ambridge Open Gardens

The August bank holiday weekend sees various Ambridge residents open their gardens to the public in aid of our Britain in Bloom campaign.

Come and see what the green-fingered villagers have been up to behind those hedges!

For a small fee, maps can be purchased from the Village Shop.

Cream teas availilable in some locations – all proceeds to the cause

Sunday and Monday 28 and 29 August

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