Friday October 11th at the BVA hall. 7.15 for prompt 7.30 start. Teams of 6. £7.50 per head which includes a ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Book your teams with Norma Barrow. As always I promise the the questions will be doable!
This is the list of the 14 gardens opening on Sunday 30th June 11am to 5pm. The list also shows some of the various stalls and refreshment points. Entry is by programme (Adults £4 accompanied under 16 free) which can be bought from the local shop from mid-June or St Lawrence Church on the day. The church will be open to visit.
1) Ballister House, via Ship Hill Lane - Mr and Mrs Bullimore A sculptural approach to gardening has created curved rolling banks, a natural approach to planting and the installation of ponds to encourage wildlife. Extensive views of the river. It is anticipated that the garden railway will be working on the day..Access. Single track lane. Light refreshments available.
2) Stour Lodge, Station Road – Mr and Mrs Appleyard The garden at Stour Lodge was mainly planted and landscaped just over thirty years ago shortly after we moved in. We had to clear a fairly substantial apple orchard and transport many many tons of soil around the garden before starting planting. It is unfortunately now beginning to show its age (rather like its owners) and a number of plants have died, some replanting has just started. What has not changed however are the splendid views over the Stour.
3) Shoregate House, Station Road – Mr and Mrs Webb Garden with a fabulous view of the estuary. This garden faces the challenges of a north east wind which can be very cruel during the winter months. The garden slopes down and can be hard to keep moist for plants; it is mainly laid out to shrubs that survive these conditions with winding paths and ponds, with some summer bedding plants for colour. Always evolving.Access.. Wheelchair access is possible via a sloping driveway and path to the garden, it requires a sturdy push back up again!
4) Bradfield Place, Harwich Road – Mr and Mrs HobartA crinkle crankle walled garden by the church in Bradfield. The garden and house was totally redesigned when Christian and Ursi moved into the property in 1999. The walled garden is a simple design of formal and informal, incorporating a small orchard Access. Blue badge holders cars only in drive please
5) Rossmoyne, The Street - Mr and Mrs Ablett Take the weight off your feet at Rossmoyne whilst enjoying the Bradfield Gardens Event. Bradfield vistas to enjoy.The garden at Rossmoyne is only 3 years old. It is gradually transforming into a peaceful, relaxing setting. Come and see how far we have got. We look forward to welcoming you. Chips and Ices, available.
6) Teasels, The Street - Mr Clark A garden developed over twenty two years from new with paving, small pond, mixed borders, fruit and vegetables. A gate leads into a half acre meadow with trees, large pond and ditches to encourage wildlife and flowers (accompanied children only in this area please).
7) Brambles, Wix Road - Mr and Mrs Griffiths A cottage garden planted with wildlife in mind, including trees, shrubs, roses, perennials, topiary, a small pond and a tiny pond, with plenty of seats for you to relax and rest. There is a wide path along the back and side of the cottage. Access. One step up to the grass. Parking can be found in the road along the back.
8) Plas- y- Coed, Heath Road - Mr and Mrs Barrow Even after 36 years this garden is still evolving. The raised bed at the bottom of the garden has been replanted this year. The edge of the garden woody walk continues to be developed. Water, shrubs, perennials, vegetable area. Quirky garden ornaments. How many different creatures can you find? Care. Uneven grass area
Light lunches 12 to 2.30 - Plant Stall - Friends History Books
9) No. 2 Hope Cottage, Heath Road - Mr Ford Renovation of this garden has continued over the last two years with careful pruning and removal of shrubs creating more light. The large flower borders are newly planted. Wander round and enjoy the beautiful mature trees and roses. Book stall
10) Chippins, Heath Road - Mr and Mrs Leese A NGS Yellow Book Garden. Plantaholics paradise with herbaceous geraniums, hostas and alliums. Stream and wildlife pond brimming with bog plants. Explosion of colour - abundance of tubs, hanging baskets.(Over 60 pots in the front garden!). Wide borders featuring hemerocallis and swathes of lilies. Exotics include cannas, aeoniums and agaves.The garden has surprises around every corner, with plenty of places to sit and contemplate, or just drink in the peaceful atmosphere!
Kit is an artist and there are paintings to see in the conservatory / etching studio/greenhouse.
11) Twin Poplars, Heath Road - Mrs Butler A family friendly garden with a pond, shrubs and small vegetable plot.
12) Finials, Heath Road - Mrs Bowen A mature secluded garden with a variety of shrubs and pots. Cake Stall
13) Holt Tye, Windmill Road - Mr and Mrs Reeve. This recently built bungalow has a new garden evolving from the old and contains Fish, Flowers and Fruit. Tea and Cakes available 2- 4.30 pm
14) Thornfield, Windmill Road - Mrs Grinyer The garden at Thornfield is at the Mistley end of the village but it is worth a visit. You could always come here first. Our organic cottage garden covers around a third of an acre. It is well established and comprises large herbaceous borders and roses, apple trees in meadow grass, rectangular vegetable plots interspersed with red brick paths and some fruit bushes. There is a woodland corner canopied by an ancient oak tree.It is at its best in Spring and early Summer. Access There are steps down to the house and a slope to access the lower level of the garden. You could probably get a wheelchair down the slope. Sweet Stall - Cream teas from 2 – 4.30
The annual Christmas Craft Market will be taking place at the Bradfield Community Centre from 10am to 4 pm on Saturday 24th November 2018.
How you can help
Tombola: This stall always raises a lot of money; however we do need to collect about 200 prizes. We are looking to collect tins, bottles, small gifts, beauty products anything that is in date and in new condition. A box will be placed at the back of the church for these items 2 weeks before the event. No electrical items please.
Cake stall: Please let Christine Bowen or Barbara Coe know if you are able to make cakes. They would prefer large cakes, but if you are making small please package in 4/6.
Help: This is needed in three areas. Please let me know if you are able to help with any of them!
1. Friday evening. We would appreciate some help moving tables from the church and setting up, putting up lights, decorating tree etc.
2. Door and stalls need to be manned all day. Can you spare and hour?
3. Clearing up at 4pm on Saturday and returning equipment to church.
Please contact me if you are able to offer with these 3 areas. email@example.com 01255 870681
Curry Evening at the Mogul Manningtree Wednesday 10th October 7pm for 7.15. The meal will consist of a starter, main course of mild/medium curry, vegetables, pilau rice and naan bread. The cost will be £20 per head. If you would like to take part in this evening, please book your place with Sue Cunningham email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01255 870154
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 18th August at 3.30 in the church room at St Lawrence Church. The meeting will be followed by tea and cakes. For catering purposes please let Norma Barrow know if you are attending. Apologies for absence should be sent to Bob Coe email@example.com
Our annual Christmas Craft Market will take place on Saturday 25th November at the Bradfield Community Centre. 10am to 4pm. There will be a variety of good quality craft and food stalls. Refreshments and light lunches will be available. We hope that Father Christmas will be joining us once again. There will also be raffle and tombola stalls. Entrance £1 accompanied under 16 free.
Clear up day. The churchyard committee are asking for help on Saturday 15th July 10am to 12. If you would prefer an earlier start, there will be people around from 9am. Please bring any useful tools for edging, weeding, cutting etc. There are many jobs large and small. If you are unable to attend on this date but would like to help, please contact Jennie Brightman (01206 391091) for information on jobs needing attention.
There are 16 gardens and the church open on 25th June. Programmes are available from the Village Shop in advance or the Church on the day. Accompanied children go free.
1 Ballister House via Ship Hill Lane - Mr and Mrs Bullimore
The garden at Ballister House has over the last few years been transformed from a building site. A sculptural approach to gardening has created curved rolling banks, a natural approach to planting and the installation of ponds to encourage wildlife. Extensive views of the river. It is anticipated that the garden railway will be completed.
Light refreshments available.
2 Shiphill Cottage Station Road - Mr and Mrs Burchell
There is no parking here apart from two spaces at the bottom of the garden which will be for less abled people.
A large cottage style garden laid to lawn with flower borders, also decked and shingled areas. Plenty of seating available. We will again be serving ice creams and will have a bric a brac stall.
3 Barley Cottage The Street - Mrs Petrie
"A small cottage garden, planted with love"
4 Number 2 Squires Cottage The Street - Mrs Cotter
A very small front garden, containing pots and baskets which are always full of interesting plants.
5 St Lawrence Church The Street - PROGRAMMES. Service 10.30-11.30 approx.The proceeds from Open Gardens are towards the repair and maintenance of the church. Following the service the church will be open for you to visit.
6 Rossmoyne The Street - Mr and Mrs Ablett
Take the weight off your feet and enjoy some Bradfield vistas. The garden is only one year old, but it is gradually transforming into a peaceful, relaxing setting. Come and see how far we have got.
Chips and Ices, Objet A’rt available also for those who would like to know the story of Acorn Village at Mistley a personal book signing will be available. We look forward to welcoming you.
7 Teasels The Street - Mr & Mrs Clark
A garden developed over 20 years from new with paving, small pond, mixed borders, fruit and vegetables. A gate leads into a half acre meadow with trees, large pond and ditches to encourage wildlife and flowers (accompanied children only in this area please).
8 Brambles Wix Road - Mr and Mrs Griffiths
Please use entrance at back of cottage and parking is available in the road. Brambles has a country cottage garden, which has undergone some recent changes to make it easier to look after. With trees, shrubs, perennials, and a new pond, to provide a garden for us to relax in and food and shelter for wildlife.
9 Plas-y- Coed Heath Road - Mr and Mrs Barrow Light lunches 12 to 2.30
Leylandii hedges probably cause more arguments with neighbours than anything else! Luckily we all agreed it had to go and so while feeling energetic at the start of the year we all got stuck in. Photos of the resulting chaos can be seen at 2 Hope Cottage. With the removal of the hedge, the dynamics of our garden have changed dramatically. There is more space, light and water but also more wind and our plants are having to adapt. There are new gravel and raised bed areas and newly created walkways. Pond (please supervise children)
10 2 Hope Cottage Hetah Road - Mr Ford
See Plas y Coed refence leylandii. This old hedge has been replaced with yew and fencing. Mr Ford is undertaking a restoration of this garden. Old tree stumps have been removed and shrubs pruned and some moved. The large flower bed which was full of ground elder is being cleaned ready for planting next year. Wander round the garden and admire the beautiful mature trees and roses. What would you plant in the bed?
11 Chippins Heath Road - Mr and Mrs Leese
We were lucky enough to be provided with a wonderful 'Posh Shed' by the National Gardens Scheme which we would love you to see. Please come and enjoy view from the veranda!
The garden has surprises around every corner, with plenty of places to sit and contemplate, or just drink in the peaceful atmosphere!
As Kit is an artist and has a keen interest in photography, there are always paintings to see in the conservatory and the new etching studio/greenhouse, which also houses exotic plants such as coleus, begonias, cacti and whatever else Ceri succumbs to from visits to nurseries!
All visitors are assured of a warm welcome.
12 Twin Poplars Heath Road - Mrs Butler
A family friendly garden.
13 Finials Heath Road - Mrs Bowen Cake stall
A mature secluded garden with a variety of shrubs and pots.
14 Nandina Cansey Lane - Mr and Mrs Garner Tea and cakes from 2pm. Book stall
Time for a sit down to enjoy tea and cakes and a chance to browse the book stall. Wander around the garden and admire the beautiful trees planted over the last 30 years.
15 Haven Ellis Road - Mr and Mrs Baxter
As Ellis Road is single track, NO car parking is available.
Gravel garden to the front featuring hostas and a medium sized rear garden largely devoted to herbaceous plants with splashes of annual colour.
A model railway will be running in the garage.
16 Mooltan Barrack Street - Mr and Mrs Attfield
A secluded, level, easy access garden with trees, shrubs, climbers, roses and a small pond. Some replanting is taking place following the removal of a row of overgrown leylandii.
17 Rowan Steam Mill Road - Mr and Mrs Coe Plant stall.
A new garden, less than a year old. Planted mainly with shrubs and perennials, keeping colour and foliage in mind for flower arranging.
Once again this will take place at the Bradfield Community Centre from 10am until 4 pm. There is always a wide range of good quality craft objects and food on sale together with raffle , tombola,and refreshments. Father Christmas usually manages to make an appearance as well.
Bradfield’s WW1 Heroes - Book Launch Friday 11th November St Lawrence Church Room 7.15 for 7.30
Come and join us for wine and nibbles on Friday 11th November in the Church Room 7.15 for 7.30 pm, for the book launch of “Bradfield’s WW1 Heroes”. In this new book, published by the Friends of St Lawrence Church, the authors provide short biographies of the 22 Bradfield servicemen who died during the First World War. All profits from the sale of this book, which is priced at £4.99, will be going to the Friends. The book may be purchased at the launch, or after the event from the Village Store and Post Office, or from Bob Coe (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Death at the Shangri-La” Saturday15thOctober
Murder Mystery Evening - including supper. Bradfield Community Centre 7.15 for prompt 7.30 start.
Back by popular demand, an evening solving a murder mystery presented by our famous (infamous?) acting group, this time set in the Shangri-La Residential Home. Tickets including supper £12 can be booked on 01255 870681 or email: email@example.com
Curry Night Wednesday 7th September The Mogul Manningtree 7pm for 7.15.
The Mogul restaurant in Manningtree has very kindly offered to host a charity dinner for the Friends of St Lawrence Church. The curry meal (£20 a head, £5 of which would go to the Friends) will include a starter, a choice of mild or medium main course, vegetables, pilau rice and naan bread. Drinks and poppadums will be extra. If you would like to attend please let Sue Cunningham know on 01255 870154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of August. Those of you who have already expressed an interest will need to confirm your places with Sue Cunningham. Please encourage friends, family and neighbours to book their places.
A Meal in May. This fund raising meal will be held in the church room on Saturday 21st May 7.15 for 7.30
There will be a hot buffet consisting of three choices, followed by sweet and cheese courses with coffee and mints to follow. Tickets £20 each can be ordered from Norma Barrow 01255 870681 or email email@example.com
Christopher and Fontaine Woods are holding this event at Blue Bonnet, Mill Lane Bradfield. Just bring along a drink and a poem and supper will be provided. The charge for the event is £10 per person with all profits going to the Friend's funds. Please contact Fontaine 01255 870411 to book your place. Parking is limited, so please would you park somewhere other than Mill Lane. Thank you
Saturday 28th November 10am - 4pm Bradfield Community Centre Entrance £1 accompanied under 16 free
Once again Kathy Wilkinson has gathered a wide range of good quality crafts for this event. This year there will be stalls containing shabby chic homeware, .ceramics, pottery, wooden items, knitwear for all ages, jewellery, cards and artwork, knitted and sewn toys plus much more. Food stalls include the Pieman, Gina’s Jams and Chutneys and homemade cakes. There will be the usual raffle and tombola with refreshments served all day. Father Christmas will return with stories and presents for the children £2 per child.
Christopher and Fontaine Woods are holding this afternoon event at Blue Bonnet, Mill Lane from 3 to 5.30 on Saturday 5th September. Just bring along a poem and Fontaine will provide tea, sandwiches and cakes. The charge for the event is £6 per person with all profits going to the Friends. Please telephone Fontaine on 01255-870411 to book for this event. Parking is limited, so please would you park somewhere other than Mill Lane
Gardens Open Day Sunday 21st June 2015. 11am to 5 pm
So far we have about ten garden owners willing to open this year. If you are resident in Bradfield and would like to know more about opening your garden for this event, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org tel:01255 870681.If you are able to supply plants or cakes for the stalls please contact me at the above number.
Details of the gardens which are opening will be posted here in June.
Come and join us for wine and nibbles on Friday 24th April 7.15 for 7.30 pm in the Church Room, for the launch of “St. Lawrence, Bradfield - a history of an Essex church.”
This book tells the story of Bradfield’s parish church from its earliest origins and traces changes made to it and the Christian faith over the centuries. The profits from the book, which is priced at £4.99, will be going to the Friends. The book may be purchased at the launch, or after the event from the Village Store and Post Office or from Bob Coe tel: 01255 870123.
The Mogul restaurant in Manningtree has very kindly offered to host a charity dinner for the Friends of St Lawrence Church on Wednesday 18th March at 7pm. The curry meal (£17 a head, £5 of which would go to the Friends)) would include a starter, a choice of mild or medium main course, vegetables, pilau rice and nan bread. Drinks and poppadoms would be extra. If you would like to attend please let Sue Cunningham know on 01255 870154 or email email@example.com by the end of February. Those of you who expressed an interest will need to confirm your places with Sue Cunningham. Please encourage friends, family and neighbours to book their places.
This will be held on Friday 23rd January 2015 in the Church Room. 7.15 for 7.30 start. Tickets are limited so book early email norma.barrow@ keme.co.uk! £25 per head for three/four course meal: Seafood starter, Haggis (vegetarian Haggis available) Please inform us if you would prefer the braised beef alternative or vegetarian starter. Sweet/cheese course. Andy and his bagpipes will be with us again so come along and enjoy a sociable evening.
The Friends will be holding its Christmas Craft Market on Saturday 29 November this year at Bradfield Community Centre (CO11 2UU) from 10 am until 4 pm.
As usual there will be craft and food stalls, refreshments, raffle, tombola and Father Christmas will be honouring us with his presence once again, so bring your children/ grandchildren along to meet him, for a story and to receive an age related gift - £2 per child.
Admission to the Craft Market is £1 with accompanied children under 16 free.
Please contact Kathy Wilkinson on 01206-393904 if you require any further information.