Posts Tagged ‘event’

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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Cheese and Wine Evening

August 25, 2015

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We have absolutely definitely been successful with our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and were able to make the announcement to the village at the Wine & Cheese Party in the Curry’s riverside garden – a very special evening. Wenna conjured up a delicious spread and Fred’s auctioneering skills were admired by those in his garden as well as neighbouring plots! Many thanks to Fred and Wenna for their generosity and to everyone who donated auction lots: – to Rosemary Williams whose textile masterpiece of the Castle has been bought by and for the village, to Felicity at Clochemerle, the Morgans at Farthings, and Matt Wilding , tenor of this parish. To Nic at the Zoo, Peter French at The Clipper, Phil at Orsman’s butchers, to Hair Razors, Coffee Rush, Luders and the Yummy Shop. Also to the committee and Friends who always come up trumps. And to the special person who quietly, generously boosted the evening’s total. Thank you all. Another £1,700 to add to the £347,000 we were already celebrating. Work will be underway soon.

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Lots of lovely cheese.

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Lots of lots to be auctioned.

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A short welcome speech by Richard Brett, our treasurer.

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Auctioneer Fred Curry in action.

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Encouraging the bidders.

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Setting sun and high tide make a perfect end to the evening.

Friday May 22nd – Botanical Bonanza

May 14, 2015

Shaldon Primary School have organised a fund-raiser for the Gardens – The Botanical Bonanza.

Botanical Bonanza Poster

Easter Fun in the Gardens

March 19, 2015

Easter for young children in Homeyards Gardens will be celebrated on Thursday 2nd April from 10:00 to 12:00. Lots of crafts, games and chocolate of course; and this year a nature trail from which we’re hoping to award prizes for best photos, so bring your phones or cameras, and maybe a picnic if the weather’s fine.

Easter Craft activities poster.pdf