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Open Garden day ‘brings people together’

The Rev Ian and Katherine Suttie in the garden of The Manse, which is built on a Roman villa

The Rev Ian and Katherine Suttie in the garden of The Manse, which is built on a Roman villa

SOUTHWICK Open Garden Sunday saw more than 200 people enjoy a tour of the town.

There were 11 gardens on show, raising money for the Turning Point Trust’s work with street children in Nairobi, Kenya.

Organised by Southwick Methodist Church, the previously annual event was returning for the first time for four years.

Alan Pymer, one of the organisers, said: “It was very successful. The weather kept dry, essential for viewing gardens.

“Many were very complimentary and impressed by the variety in the gardens. Many also met old friends, so it was an afternoon that brought people together.

“The cream teas were so popular that they all were sold at the end of the afternoon, so there were not quite enough for the helpers to enjoy one!”

He said people were already talking about arranging another Open Garden for next year.

One of the gardens on show was at The Manse in Manor Hall Road.

Mr Pymer said the garden and church are built on the site of a Roman villa. The foundations are underneath the ground and behind the greenhouse is a Roman well, now covered.

More than £900 was raised, which will help feed and educate street children in a slum area. The charity was founded by Jo Parsons, a member of the church, and her husband, Jon, in 2002.

 

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