Open gardens for clock fund

An open-gardens event is taking place this weekend in a north Northumberland seaside village.

Across Beadnell, 15 gardens will be open to the public and there will be plenty of entertainment on offer as well.

Alongside live music, there will be a craft market and plant stalls in the Bullring and cream teas and refreshments for sale in the WI Hut.

And resident Jen Hall has lost all her ducklings and wants youngsters to help her find one in each of the open gardens.

Children can then fill in an entry form, drop it into the boxes provided and the first correct entry to be drawn will win a prize.

Al proceeds from this event will go to the costof repairs to the parish clock housed in St Ebba’s Church.

As previously reported in the Gazette, in 1902, the public rallied round to pay for a clock to celebrate the coronation of King Edward VII at the church.

The £68 needed – more than £6,5000 in today’s money – was raised and the clock installed in 1906 in the church, although the clock itself is the property of the village.

The campaign was led by Miss Craster, from the famous land-owning family, who kept a record of all the donations made.

Now, a team of volunteers is looking to do the same to raise £2,000 for necessary repairs to be carried out by the same company which made the clock all those years ago.

In further links to the past, local artist Phil Russell donated a paintingfor auction, which the volunteers discovered had also happened in 1902.

And while back then jumble sales were held, today it is car-boot sales, with one taking place in May and another set to take place on Sunday, July 20, from 9am in the Bullring.

The open-gardens event runs on both Saturday and Sunday, from 1pm until 6pm each day. An admission ‘passport’, which allows entry to all 15 gardens, costs £4. Children free.