Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Festival

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Some Photographs from Past Events

Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Festival

Sunday 11th June 2017 (Saturday also for the Scarecrows)

It was a generally fine but blustery day for the event, and it was good to see so many people around and about in the village taking advantage of the stunning gardens and creative scarecrows on offer. The scarecrow theme for 2017 was "Disney Characters". Teas at the Hammond Hall and plants at the plant stall, both run by volunteers, raised valuable funds for the village. 

 

 

 

Photographs of some of the

scarecrows and gardens

on display are intermingled here  

 

 

Can you work out who

these characters are?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea and cake appeared

and disappeared briskly

in the Hammond Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Great plants at good prices

from the plant stall!

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice creams and a

sit down in a quiet garden

provided  a welcome break

for tired legs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Festival

Sunday 12th June 2016 (Saturday also for the Scarecrows)

The weather was not kind this year, yet those that braved the elements were treated to some inspiring gardens and some imaginative and comical scarecrows, making the event successful and enjoyable! The scarecrow theme for 2016 was "villains". There was a brisk trade in teas at the Hammond Hall and in plants at the plant stall, both run by volunteers. 

 

 

 

Photographs of scarecrows and gardens

on display are intermingled here  

 

 

Can you work out all the

villains depicted?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea and cake were provided

in the Hammond Hall

by hard-working volunteers

 

 

 

 

 

Many bargain plants were

snapped up at the plant stall!

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice creams were available!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Festival

Sunday 14th June 2015 (Saturday also for the Scarecrows)

Lots of creativity, hard work and imagination on display, as usual! The scarecrow theme for 2015 was "heroes". It was a grey and chilly afternoon, but the many visitors were not disappointed. Thanks to the volunteers plenty of refreshments and plants were available - I had to pass on the ice cream though!

 

 

 

Photographs of scarecrows and gardens

are intermingled here  

 

 

Can you work out all the

heroes depicted?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plenty of tea, cake and ice cream

were provided by hard-working volunteers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plant stall offered a wide range of plants and shrubs!

 

 

 

 

 

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Festival

Sunday 8th June 2014 (Saturday also for the Scarecrows)

Another great display of gardens and scarecrows this year! The scarecrow theme for 2014 was "pantomime characters". The weather was kind and the many visitors enjoyed the hard work and imagination of the exhibiters. Well done!

 

 

 

Photographs of scarecrows and gardens

are intermingled here  

 

 

Can you work out all the

pantomime characters depicted?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plenty of tea, cake and ice cream

were provided by hard-working volunteers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plant stall did a roaring trade!

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Festival

Sunday 9th June 2013 (Saturday also for the Scarecrows)

A wonderful display by all the exhibitors, and great to see so many locals and visitors participating on foot around the village. The weather was kind and kept dry, although a bit more sunshine would have been welcome. The efforts made by the organisers, those providing refreshments and running the plant stall were much appreciated. The scarecrow theme for 2013 was "nursery rhymes". The large number of imaginative contributions, particularly those at Bassingham School, reflects the enthusiasm within the village for this event and the motivation provided by the organisers. Well done!

 

 

 

Photographs of scarecrows and gardens

are intermingled here  

 

 

Can you work out all the nursery rhymes depicted?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good deal of tea, cake and ice cream

was consumed while appreciating the

gardens!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

A flypast by the Lancaster certainly made

everyone look up!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, the plant stall did a bustling trade!  

 

 

  

 

 

Photographs of scarecrows and gardens

are intermingled here  

 

 

  

 

 

  It was good to see  some of

the footpath carvings

put to good use!

 

 

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Festival

Sunday 11th June 2012 (Saturday also for the Scarecrows)

Another great show from gardeners and scarecrow providers.  This year the fine weather window, although brief, worked out well for the Sunday event at least! it encouraged large numbers to enjoy a pleasant afternoon stroll around the village and chat to friends and neighbours. The scarecrow theme for 2012 was "sport".

 

Photographs of scarecrows and gardens

are intermingled here  

 

 

Well done to all exhibitors and gardeners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

A busy afternoon for all those serving teas

and at the plant stall! Thank you!

 

 

 

 

And this one is a working scarecrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Festival

Sunday 12th June 2011 (Saturday also for the Scarecrows)

Many thanks to our guest, wet-weather, celebrity photographer Mike Herod for taking the following selection of photographs of gardens and scarecrows from this year's stunning displays. Visitors to the event were able to enjoy the magnificent gardens and numerous scarecrows dotted throughout the village.  It is clear from the images the substantial effort that each participant (gardeners and scarecrow creators) has put into their display. In addition many others were involved in organising the event and helping to provide refreshments and the plant stall attractions.  The village is indeed lucky to have so many that make this effort on a voluntary basis. In spite of the weather the event was enjoyed by many and yet again raised much needed funds for the village:

 

The hard work of the exhibitors was much appreciated by all who attended

 

 

Well done to all exhibitors and gardeners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Some great bargains were available at the plant stall!

 

 

 

 

Even our clandestine photographer could not expose the identity of this gagging order!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll on next year's event!

 

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Festival

Sunday 13th June 2010 (Saturday also for the Scarecrows)

Visitors were treated to ten fine and varied gardens reflecting great diversity, imagination and of course some stunning plants plus twenty-five (at least that is what was spotted by the photographer) creative and amusing scarecrows (on the theme of "Occupations") distributed throughout the village.  The weather held with a few threatening clouds coming to nothing and, as the photograph of the tea garden testifies, was enjoyed by many. It took a three hour stroll at a leisurely pace and several chats along the way to do this excellent display justice. A fantastic effort by all those preparing gardens and exhibits is much appreciated by residents and visitors and is a credit to the village and yet again raised much needed funds for the Bassingham Village Hall and Playing Field Charity.  The following selection of photographs provide a flavour of this much loved event:

 

Well done to all exhibitors!

   

Well done to all exhibitors and gardeners!

   

Which one is the real dog?

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   

The teas were in demand throughout the afternoon

   
 
   
 
   

..and plenty of bargains to be had at the plant stall

   
 
   

We are all looking forward to next year's event. Thanks again to all the hours of effort that went into making this one such a success.

 

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Festival

Sunday 14th June 2009

The fine June weather brought out the crowds and they were amply rewarded with the ten dazzling open gardens and entertained by the many scarecrows (on the theme of "films") dotted around the village.  The effort put in by the many people involved in these coordinated events is impressive and they have raised useful funds for the Bassingham Village Hall and Playing Field Charity.  The following selection of photographs illustrate the high standards achieved:

 

Well done to all exhibitors!

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 

 

The Scarecrow Colouring Competition Held on Sunday 14th June during Bassingham Open Gardens Winner was Katie Mettam age 5 Well done Katie

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Sunday 15th June 2008

 

Gardens in Bassingham were open for visitors on Sunday 15th June from 2pm until 6pm. In spite of some early shows the event enjoyed a fine afternoon and was well supported.  The visitors for an entry fee of 3.00 were treated to eight spectacular gardens, a plant stall, teas, cakes and other refreshments.

 

Proceeds from these events go to the Bassingham Village Hall charity which, as well as running the Village Hall and playing field, is trying to raise money for The Hub.

 

A selection from the Gardens
   
 
   
 
   

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Trail
Sunday 17th June 2007


A selection of delightful gardens were open from 2pm until 6pm together with a Scarecrow trail around the village. Refreshments and a plant stall were available.  The event attracted record numbers and was blessed with a fine afternoon (not a common occurrence in summer 2007).
 

Entry to the gardens was by programme, 2.50 (children free if accompanied by an adult). All proceeds went to the Bassingham Village Hall charity.
 

The organisers (Open gardens Jan Culpitt 788793; Jean Solven 788949 and scarecrows: Jill Evans on 789728 or Jane Root on 788278) did a splendid job as did all those who participated in opening their gardens and / or displaying scarecrows within the theme of "TV programmes". If you would like to be involved in next year's event please contact the organisers.

 

A selection of photographs from the June 2007 open gardens and scarecrows is shown below:

 

A selection from the Gardens
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   

A selection from the Scarecrows

   
 
   
 
   
     
   
     
     

 

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June 2006 Event

Bassingham opened a splendid and varied selection of gardens  on Sunday 18th June between 2pm to 6pm.  The weather was kind without being spectacular which made the village tour around the gardens and scarecrow festival easier on the viewers. Refreshments, ice creams and a plant stall were also available and encouraged visitors to the events to adopt a leisurely pace.

Some photographs of the beautiful gardens are included below, providing just glimpses of the treasures they all contain.

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Jean Solven has a new garden for a recent build... 

 

The aim is for colourful, bold planting to give a vibrant display over a long period without excessive demand for labour. 

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To the front Bill and lrene Croft have a beautiful garden with interesting and colourful planting... 

 

To the rear are the wonderful tightly disciplined areas dedicated to the production of show vegetables of the highest quality - all in the green-fingered hands of a master. 

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Jane and Les Root's garden showed the talents of the owners through the landscaping and planting schemes, which is "easily maintained with short bursts of enthusiasm and long periods of neglect".... 

 

The result is an attractive plantsman's garden, which is also notably productive. A classic village garden of its time. 

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Jan and Geoff Culpitt's garden was formerly a pub car park...

Now it is a flower arranger's garden with a variety of perennials, broadleaf evergreen shrubs, an established wildlife pond and a new pond settling in with oxygenators and a few aquatic and marginal plants. 

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A wonderful garden created by Connie, a plant fanatic, and the late Keith Wood, a craftsman landscaper.... 

Uncommon plants in startling settings. 

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Mike and Valerie Bell's garden is about 10 years old...

Its features include landscaped rear garden, sunny patio, water feature, greenhouse and a small vegetable plot. The planting was planned to give an all year round display.

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Jack Woodcock has created a beautiful small garden....

 

This garden demonstrates the touches of a great gardener of unrivalled skill and experience. 

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June 2005 Event

On Sunday 19th June 2005 a number of Bassingham residents opened their gardens to the public in aid of the Bassingham Village Hall and Playing Field Charity. As usual this was a successful event and this year, blessed with beautiful summer weather, attracted a good turnout of visitors.  This is an event that has been running for many years and demonstrates that horticulture and hard work are alive and well in our community.

On this page we include a selection of photographs, with their owners' permission, from some of the gardens on display.  The photographs were kindly taken by Mr. Ellis Pounder on the day of the event and serve as a testimony to the achievements of the gardeners involved.

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A south-facing view across the garden of Tony and Carole Gamble to fields beyond.

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The colour-themed and structured garden of Tony Oldfield.

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Jean Solven's patio with its vibrant display of climbers. A plant stall here provided visitors with the opportunity to buy plants

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The many vistas and river frontage of Mike & Bunny Allports' garden where a selection of refreshments were served.

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Disciplined rows of high quality vegetables grown in Bill and Irene Crofts' garden.

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The converted pub car park of Jan and Geoff Culpitt who have organised this event for many years and served teas on the day.

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Labour-saving planting and eye-catching structure of Barrie & Maureen Tostevens' Garden. 

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The beautifully scaled and landscaped garden of Norman & Diana Geeson.

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Connie Wood's secluded garden with its balanced structure and planting.

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June 2006 Scarecrow Event

Bassingham Scarecrow Festival was held on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2006 and was coordinated with the annual Open Gardens event on the Sunday afternoon.  Both events were highly successful and complemented each other well.

The theme was characters from children's books and it generated a lot of interest and fun for both children and adults.

The effort and skill demonstrated by all those who made exhibits was very impressive - well done everybody!  The event raised funds for the Village Hall from where the trail began to the twenty-nine exhibits distributed all around the village.

If you would like to make comments on the event or perhaps be involved in next year's event please contact the organisers:
Jill Evans on 789728 or Jane Root on 788278

On this page we have placed small images of all of the exhibits (in alphabetical order) so you may enjoy them again, and perhaps see some that you missed during the event. We are sure most of you managed to identify the characters! but for those who did not, we reveal their identities here beneath each image.

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Ali Baba   Alice   Bob the Builder

 

   
Charlotte's Web   Cinderella  

 

   
Cubs Outdoor Challenge   Cubs Caring Challenge   Cubs Creativity Challenge

 

 

   
Cubs Fitness Challenge   Cubs Global Challenge  

 

 

   
Cubs Outdoor Challenge   Dennis the Menace  

 

 

   
Dorothy   Frog Prince  

 

 

   
Gnasher   Harry Potter  

 

 

   
Jack with Beanstalk   Lion (from Wizard of Oz)  

 

 

   
Mad Hatter   Mary Poppins  

 

 

   
Mr. Happy   Noddy  

 

 

   
Pinocchio   Playing Cards  

 

   
Queen of Hearts   Red Riding Hood  

 

 

 

   
Scarecrow   Scarecrow  

 

 

 

   
Scarecrow   Scarecrow  

 

 

   
Scarecrow in "Open Garden"   Sleeping Beauty  

 

 

 

   
Sponge Bob   Superman  

 

 

 

   
Teddy Bear's Picnic   Tin Man  

 

 

 

   
Titchy Witch   Toto  

 

 

 

   
White Rabbit   Wizard of Oz  

 

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