Upperton gardens raise money for Tillington church

Fundraisers outside Tillington church. Picture by Spencer Gale
Fundraisers outside Tillington church. Picture by Spencer Gale

THE delightful weather enabled more than 120 people to enjoy the leisurely walk around the gardens of Upperton.

A lazy and sunny summer’s afternoon was spent by visitors pottering around the beautiful gardens, which ranged from cottage and cosy to grand and glorious.

Light refreshment came in the form of tea and scones, which were much-needed after walking round in the heat.

The event was in aid of Tillington Church, for essential repairs, redecoration and refurbishment.

The summer of money-raising is already well under way. Villagers have thrown their weight behind the fundraising efforts, organising 13 events, from a street bazaar to a wine-tasting day.

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

Lee Lavington hosted the tea and scone lunch at her house in Upperton. She said: “It really was a beautiful afternoon and people flocked down to see our gardens.

“It was a very enjoyable experience for all, and one we must do again.”

Upperton villagers have jumped at the challenge of raising £20,000 for the cause, which has been called TICH for short. The garden event raised £500.

Next up is an illustrated nostalgic event which will take place on August 6.

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

For the full line-up of events, visit www.tillingtonchurchrepairs.com