BRETHERTON GARDENS OPEN FOR CHARITY IN 2014
A group of gardens spread across the village opens each year for the National Gardens Scheme (the Yellow Book) in aid of well-known national charities such as Macmillan, Marie Curie, Help the Hospices, Crossroads - Caring for Carers. This year, 20% of funds raised are being donated direct to St Catherine's Hospice, Lostock Hall.
This year there will be four open days
Sunday May 25th
Sunday June 15th
Sunday July 20th
Sunday Sep 7th
The gardens will be open from 12 noon to 5 pm, combined admission £5, children free.
Home-made teas will be available at the Congregational Schoolroom, and yellow direction signs will guide visitors to the gardens.
For more information visit www.ngs.org.uk and search for Bretherton, or for postcode PR26 9AN, or telephone 01772 600896.
PROGRESS THIS YEAR
The weather was kind to us on May 25th and although there was a storm in Chorley, we only felt two drops here in Bretherton. People came from far and wide to visit the five gardens in the group. The Congregational Hall ran out of cakes and were inundated with visitors! A total of £2007 was raised, 20% (£401) of this will go to St Catherine's Hospice and 80% to the NGS charities. The church raised £376 from the sale of teas, coffee and cakes.
BBC Radio Lancashire were in attendance at Glywood House, Eyes Lane on Sunday 15th. The popular "Lancashire Outdoors" was presented by Stephen Lowe from there from 11 - 2.00pm. The crew interviewed the five gardeners at various times during the broadcast. The weather was kind again until 4pm when the umbrellas had to come out. A total of £1856 was raised, £371 going to St Catherine's and £1485 to the NGS charities.