Posts Tagged ‘event’

Homeyards historical data gathering

June 3, 2018

At the end of May the Friends held a historical data gathering event in the Castle. The residents of the 54 houses built by Maria Homeyard during the 1920’s and 30’s were invited to get together and share old photos and material from their deeds. The aim was to get a better understanding of how this development progressed and to give the home owners a chance to compare notes about this historic building project.

Black & white photographs of Shaldon’s hillside were projected onto the wall above the Castle’s recently restored fireplace and proved to be quite a talking point. They provided evidence of the order in which this massive undertaking was tackled. Local historian Tim Mole prepared detailed research of the first occupants of the neat rows of Homeyards cottages which back onto the allotment field that rises up behind. Names and photographs of Shaldon characters brought back memories for some and introduced new owners to their predecessors. Broadlands residents scoured their deeds and came up with original ‘Arts and Crafts style’ architectural drawings and facts confirming long forgotten detail. Residents of the ‘Swiss Chalet’ style Hamiltons houses were interested to see a photograph taken in one of their gardens. Although those present agreed these distinctive buildings were the first of the Homeyards houses to be built unfortunately no material emerged to confirm this.

Our intention is to collate this information and to put it together with the Liqufruta and Homeyards Botanical Gardens story and pass it to Teignmouth Museum.

About 50 people braved the weather to take part in this nostalgic afternoon. Thank you very much to all of you. If anyone else has any information or photographs that might add to the archive then please get in touch with us.


Shaldon Garage Sale Trail

June 1, 2018

The weekend of 12th May saw the inaugural Village Garage Sale Trail – about 40 households took part and it proved extremely popular with buyers and sellers alike.

Not only were The Friends of Homeyards one of the beneficiaries of the Trail but we ran a stall of our own too. Friends Sally and Andrew Burgess kindly offered the use of their very conveniently placed front garden and villagers rolled up with donations for us to sell. The combined proceeds of the two brought a welcome £214 into our coffers.

Easter Fun pics

April 15, 2018

In a sea of wet days, we had a dry one for our first Easter event for families since the restoration of the Castle and we made the most of it. We were delighted to welcome a very good mix of ages to enjoy crafts, games, hunting, seed sowing and Bridget’s special weaving lessons. Our particular thanks go to Teignbridge Green Spaces for their generous sponsorship as well as Wyevale and Morrisons who made welcome donations of seeds and chocolate eggs. On the day itself our visitors made contributions of £58.15 for which many thanks. Those of us who were running things rather enjoyed this special first Easter in the Castle – we hope our visitors did too. And don’t forget to water and enjoy eating the mung beans and cress, and to grow your own pumpkin for Halloween, and maybe the tallest sunflower in Shaldon.


Easter Fun in the Gardens – Thursday 5th April

March 28, 2018

Easter Fun in the Gardens, Thursday 5th April, 10 am to 12 noon. Everyone welcome.

As always it will be free to all – everyone welcome. We wish to acknowledge the generous support of Teignbridge Green Spaces and also Wyevale Garden Centre and Morrisons Stores.

Eggs from Morrisons

This will be our first Easter event in the newly refurbished Castle, so come and explore, craft, hunt, weave and play in Maria Homeyard’s Pleasure Garden and her summer house – though we might need a fire in the hearth this year!

Castle Re-Opening Ceremony

October 17, 2017

Friday 15th September – heavy overnight rain and a doubtful forecast very nearly caused the ceremonial opening of the restored castle to take place not in the gardens at all but in church. But, we held our nerve, stuck to plan and didn’t get (very) wet.

Inside the castle a great exhibition came from our local school. Lots and lots of amazingly inventive vegetable animals and tray gardens were displayed alongside some of the photographic images created during their workshops with Colin Lizius to document the restoration.

On the lawns in front of the castle local actors young and older gave a vivid presentation of the story of Maria Homeyards creation of the gardens and neighbouring houses. Mingling with the local supporters in the audience were invited guests representing our lottery fund partners and the Homeyards family. As the play reached its conclusion actors and guests toasted ‘Liqufruta’ and the specially commissioned flag was hoisted aloft. The afternoon was rounded off in style with a delicious Devon cream tea – just as Mrs Homeyards originally intended.

We were delighted to welcome all who came to take part in this special occasion and our particular thanks go to Leon Winston, Roger Kirk, Janet Gordge and Bridget Arnold.

With the restoration of Homeyards now well into its stride it is time to acknowledge the debt of gratitude we owe to Jane Nicholls and Chrissie Drew of Teignbridge Green Spaces who helped to win the Lottery Grant for us and held everything together, and to the Heritage Lottery Fund team and Viridor for their financial guidance and generous support. Also to Lisa Pash who inspired the Friends with her initial concept and has worked tirelessly to bring it to fulfilment. And is even now thinking ahead …

Many more pictures after the jump …

Castle Re-opening Ceremony

September 8, 2017

Everyone is welcome at the Castle Re-opening Ceremony on Friday 15th September at 2 pm. There will be a drama re-enactment by Shaldon School followed by a cream tea. Dress with a nod to the 1920s.

Easter Fun in the Gardens

April 6, 2017

Hallowe’en at Homeyards

November 8, 2016
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Thank you to everyone who came to our Hallowe’en event … around 100 children showing off their amazing costumes and working their way through various games and craft activities. It all ended rather beautifully with a procession walking round the Gardens following Teignbridge Ranger Sian and her bat equipment listening for bats! Thank you too to Artstorm, Shaldon Wildlife Trust and Coffee-to-Go.
We also raised £22.05 in the collection bucket.

Hallowe’en in the Gardens, Saturday October 29th, 5-7pm

October 23, 2016

It’s been something of a last minute decision but with no bonfire on the beach this year we thought we’d ‘go for it’. It’s Homeyard’s ‘secret garden’ qualities with the Castle and Witches Cave (and its associated story of Old Mother Gum) that make it the perfect setting for Halloween. There’ll be magical things to do, eat and drink. Skeletons, witches, wizards, young and old are welcome!


Easter Fun

March 21, 2016

Thank you to everyone who braved the chilly weather to join in the Easter fun and games in the Gardens. Thank you too to our helpers, Artstorm for the craft workshop, and Morrisons and Tesco for the eggs.

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