Archive for July, 2020

On Sunday afternoon the sun shone (it had rained most of the night before), and around 125 people visited Old School Garden, Oaklands Farm and the Parish Church in Haveringland’s first ‘Open Gardens’ event.

We raised nearly £900 for 2 ‘good causes’ (repairs and improvements to the Church and to support the Papillon Project -which is creating allotments at High Schools across Norfolk) . 

Many people said how grateful they were for the opportunity to get out and meet others and sit in a peaceful garden. It was especially  pleasing to meet two families who had lived in the Old School back in the 1970’s and 1980’s..they loved looking round and remembering the place 50 years ago.

One of them..Dennis Carter (see picture) even wore a badge from back then..he was one of the founders of the ‘Friends of St.Peter’s’ and was pleased to hear about the plans for repairs and improvements.

And at Oaklands Farm Zena and Dave, with 8 arts and crafts stalls also put on a great show. Apart from these attractions their lovely garden was also available and Dave’s work to restore a rare 1930’s Leopard Moth aircraft proved to be a big hit.

And the Papillon Project had a great afternoon explaining the project to some enthusiastic visitors and sold some refurbished garden tools amongst other items at their ‘Pap up shop’!

The Church and Conservation Churchyard were also open and many visitors managed to see inside the Church for the first time, as it is normally closed.

Thanks to Jane Steward of Eastgate Larder and to Peter Purdy of Woodgate Nursery for their donations of merchandise which all helped boost our takings.

Thank you to everyone who came along – we’re already thinking of even bigger and better next year!


Here’s Reggie and Poppy, children of some friends nearby. Reggie was keen to build a Bug Hotel so I provided him with some materials and a pallet. Great Work you two!

Come and see us between 2.30 and 6pm! See here for more info and a link to buy tickets

tickets here:

Haveringland Gardens

Two and a half acres of beautiful gardens and an award winning conservation churchyard and other attractions are on offer on Sunday 19th July.

Haveringland’s Old School Garden and Oaklands Farm are joined by the Parish churchyard (the historic church will also be open for private prayer). This open gardens event is in aid of repairs and improvements at the Church and to help the Papillon Project (creating allotments at Norfolk High Schools

And it won’t just be gardens and nature on offer. A number of arts and crafts people will be selling their wares:

  • Alison Varley– jewellry (
  • Zena Tooze– ceramics(
  • Greenwood Apiaries– local honey, beeswax candles ( Instagram @beesrbuzzing)
  • Roger Tidman– award winning wildlife photographer
  • Julie Branson -artwork (InstaGram @juliecharlesworthmurals)
  • Pauline Beales– handmade sewing items
  • Caroline – cut flowers, plants

And you can buy some of the much in demand Papillon Project merchandise and find out more about this exciting project. And there’s also the opportunity to see a vintage motorcycle, a rare Leopard Moth Aircraft under restoration and find out about Haveringland’s history and plans for church improvements.

Due to the current restrictions we will not be opening toilets or offering refreshments, other than a cup of tea or soft drink. Admission will also be by timed ticket only so that we can manage numbers, and clear social distancing guidelines, hand sanitiser and one-way systems will be in operation to make it as safe as possible.

The event runs from 2pm with last admission by 5pm (closing around 6pm), and admission is £6 per adult (payable upon booking) with under 16’s free. Any additional donations on the day would be welcome.

The link to buy tickets is

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