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Final Chapter - Fundraising Latest

Glastonbury Abbey’s Rescue Our Ruins Final Chapter has raised a staggering £19,000 in the first three months.

It has had the support of schools, organisations and individuals in its bid to raise £100,000 by next February with the target of £274 a day; so far 68 days of the year have been covered.

The abbey is hoping companies, families and community groups will adopt the appeal for a day, a week or a month to help achieve the target to cover the cost of major conservation and enhancement of the historic Abbot’s Kitchen and the Lady Chapel, Crypt and Galilee.

Millfield Prep School and Pre-Prep School supported the appeal for this academic year.

The abbey’s community fundraiser Sue Medlicott said: “They were both creative and hardworking in their fundraising activities and all their efforts have produced a fantastic donation of £3,130.50.”

Meanwhile a fashion show staged by Runway of Street at Glastonbury Town Hall raised a further £870.

The Somerset branch of Plant Heritage held their Spring Fair in the Abbot’s Kitchen Field and 200 local gardeners braved the cold wind and delighted at the quality and price of the plants available for sale. A miniature garden competition was won by five-year-old Dylan Selby, a pupil at St John’s School in Glastonbury.

“Tincknells of Wells generously donated a prize of a garden tool set, which should encourage Dylan in his hobby,” said Sue.

Greenfingered residents are also invited to Open Garden events at Westbrook House in West Bradley on Saturday July 2, 2pm-6pm and at England’s Side, Queen Camel on on Sunday July 3, 2 30pm to 5 30pm. There will be cream teas at both events and both will be raising funds for the Appeal. Admission £5 at each open garden.

Sue said: “The weekend will offer lots of insight and pleasure for gardeners. In 2004 the owners of Westbrook House began the exciting and challenging task of transforming four acres of agricultural paddocks into a garden.

“Twelve years later there are three distinct garden; a formal structure which provides a complement to the 19thcentury architecture of the house and is softened with deep mixed borders; a meadow planted with spring bulbs and species roses and accessed by wide mown paths and lastly an orchard bordered by the famous Bradley brook.

“The design and planting demonstrate an experienced eye together with extensive knowledge of the form, colour and flowering of plants and shrubs, and remarkably and very skilfully produce a garden so relaxed that the visitor simply wants to linger and absorb the entirety.

On the following day the garden at England’s Side in Queen Camel, will also support the appeal. This is a charming, well-established garden, which contains many elements of the original cottage garden style plan developed in the 1930’s. It is a haven of roses, clematis and fruit trees, as well as established Beech and Wellingtonia trees.”

For more information on the appeal visit www.glastonburyabbey.com or to book a talk or for help promoting an event to raise money for the appeal call 01458 836119.

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Added: 27th May 2016