Open Gardens 2015

The Farleigh Hospice Open Gardens Event: Terling and Fairstead

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“Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more” The opening line to Shakespeare’s Henry V play which deals with the battle of Agincourt in 1415 – whose 700th anniversary it is this year,  also sums up Farleigh Hospice’s appeal to the good folk of Terling! And guess what, we are not to be found wanting! That’s because on Sunday, 14 June we will be hosting the 3rd Terling & Fairstead Open Gardens Event to raise funds for this most deserving of charities. This years event will be held a week earlier than in the previous two years – and coincidentally avoids Father’s Day.

Final numbers have yet to be agreed but around a dozen gardens will be participating. The format will be similar to the last two years – both of which have been a tribute to our fantastic village heritage, our warm welcoming community – and the generosity in particular of those among us that were involved.

Once again we will be looking for volunteers to help make this event in our calendar another coruscating success. `The Poppy Express` will once again feature thanks to the generosity of Lord Rayleigh – and we already have it’s driver  - the inimitable Roger Webb who managed to stop his roaring yellow machine by Sandy Pits recently to volunteer! Thank you Roger.

One of the most outstanding surprises of 2014, was the Classic Car exhibition on Church Green. Having expected 5 or 6 cars to arrive, the final number exceeded 55! It was staggering great sight to see so many people admiring them in the warm sunshine as they assembled. Walking back to my house last year from All Saints, I well recall seeing a clutch (what is the collective noun?) of them moving effortlessly along and up Owls Hill. It’s a memory I will cherish for many a long day! I was told by one of the Classic Car owners it was a “lovely, memorable day” – and this was a sentiment widely shared. He added “The will be back!” Let’s hope then, we can at least repeat the success again this year.

Another feature of the day – a new one and also destined to be very popular – will be a sponsored Duck Race along the River Ter. Again we already have a willing wet-suited volunteer whose responsibility will be to chivvy along the more reluctant ducks (they’re not real ones you see so no cruelty is involved) throughout the course of what a twisty, obstacle strewn river. More details of how this scintillating race will be organised to feature in a forthcoming in a future edition of Parish News.

If anyone would like to open their garden, please get in touch. Terling’s involvement  in the event will be circulated by Farleigh during early March – by which time details of the days programme will also have been finalised. So watch out for details in the next issue of the Award Winning Parish News....

Anyone who would like to get involved in any way, shape or form or just discuss details, may contact me on 233 473 or email

Thank you & best wishes

Paul Harrison