Tillington villagers throw weight behind fundraising effort

A SUMMER of events to raise money for Tillington Church is already well underway.

The 800-year-old church needs £40,000 worth of work for internal redecoration and repairs and mortar and stonework on the tower.

Tillington villagers have jumped at the challenge of raising £20,000 for the cause, which has been called TICH for short.

In total, 13 fundraising events have been planned.

On Saturday, a house and garden sale in Tillington Village Hall will take place from 10am.

Gerald Gresham-Cooke said: “It will be a grand sale from all the rooms of the house and garden, and there should be some very special bargains.”

The following Saturday residents of Westside and The Harrows in the village will be holding a street bazaar, with a raffle, plants, bric-a-brac and a barbecue.

A call-my-bluff wine tasting day will be held on Thursday, July 4, with ten teams of six working to decipher which wine fits the description.

On July 7, a guided stroll will take place around Shepherd’s Lodge for tea and cakes will take place which is suitable for all. The walk will start at Upperton Gate 
at 2.30pm.

On Sunday, July 21, there will be an afternoon of open gardens in Upperton, giving visitors the opportunity to potter around cottage gardens and the grand and glorious.

An illustrated nostalgic event will take place on August 6.

Jo Kent, BBC broadcaster, will conduct the informal event with a panel of Tillington villagers reminiscing on days gone by.

For the full line up of fundraising events, visit www.tillingtonchurchrepairs.com or call Gerald Gresham-Cooke on 01798 342151.