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Thornton Hall trip



There are just four places left so if you’ve thought about coming with us to see this fantastic garden please get in touch before the coach is full !


Payment is now due for the trip I shall be at the Library (temporarily at the rear of the Memorial Hall) on Tuesday 9th May between 10 and 11 am and again on Tuesday 23rd May, also between 10 and 11am.

Otherwise I live at Low Mill so you could drop off a cheque or post one to me. If you’d like my address please give me a ring.


A reminder that the cost of the trip is 17.50 and cheques should be payable to ‘AAGA’ or you can of course pay cash at the library or direct to me (but not cash through the post please).


We leave the Memorial Hall at 9.15am on Wednesday 21st June and expect to be back in Addingham around 5 to 5.30pm.

If you choose you can bring a packed lunch (there are lots of seats around the garden) and there’s also a lovely cafe in the gardens if you prefer to eat there.


Sue Appleyard Tel 01943 839292 or

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Workshops at Browsholme Hall

Location – Browsholme is located 5 miles NW of
Clitheroe and, from most directions, best approached via
Whalley, and over the River Hodder at Mitton.
Coaches – Coach Parking is free and adjacent to the
Tithe Barn.
Access – The Hall and Tithe Barn have good facilities and
accessibility for the disabled. The majority of rooms in the
Hall are on the ground floor and accessible by wheelchair.
A full access statement is on our website.
Booking – If you would like to make a booking or
further information, please call the office.
01254 827160 or email
or Book online

Garden Workshops for Groups and Individuals
(max 30 for each workshop)
A programme of seasonal workshops presented by
Marguerite Hughes, the well known Lancastrian horticulturalist
and broadcaster, including a tour of the gardens, lunch or tea.
There will be lots of practical hints and tips and
plant suggestions.
Tuesday 18th April 2017 (full day)
Planning and design, how to get the best from your garden
whatever its shape, size, soil or aspect.
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 (half day)
Pruning made easy. A hands on workshop with the
opportunity to see pruning techniques in practice.
Tuesday 27th June 2017 (full day)
Planning and designing colour and themed borders.
Tuesday 25th July 2017 (full day)
Planning and designing borders for all year round seasonal
Tuesday 19th September 2017 (half day)
Gardening for autumn & winter and looking ahead to spring
using colorful bulbs and key plant combinations.
Tuesday 5th December 2017 (half day)
Christmas workshop on creating colorful containers followed
by tea and a tour of the Hall decorated for Christmas.
Full Day Workshop……. £30.00pp
from 10.30 am – includes tea /coffee on arrival, workshop,
light cooked lunch, garden tour and handouts.
Half Day Workshop …..£25.00 pp
from 2.00pm – workshop, afternoon English tea, garden
tour and English country house tea with sandwiches,
savouries & mini homemade cakes of the day, tour of the
garden and handouts.


Trip to Thornton Hall Darlington

We’re planning a trip to THORNTON HALL GARDENS in County Durham this summer.

 Thornton Hall was built in 1550 and originally had walled gardens. By the time Mike and Sue Manners bought it in 1989 it was a working farm and what had once been three walled gardens had become just paddocks grazed by cattle and sheep.Other than the walls there were no traces left of the original gardens.In 1995, without any gardening knowledge at all, Sue decided to try to make a garden in the first paddock. Amazingly she removed all the grass by hand and then began to create narrow borders against the stone walls. Eventually as she became more knowledgeable she started to widen the borders adding to the planting and gradually became completely hooked. As time went on she began to build a pond and island beds, and eventually extended the garden into the other two paddocks as well.

In the summer months the garden is a riot of colour with huge selections of roses clematis, hostas, peonies, and heucheras as well as hundreds of other herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees. More recently she’s created a large vegetable garden adjacent to the flower gardens. Sue’s garden has been called ‘one of Britain’s finest new gardens’ and she’s even had a visit from Prince Charles.On nine selected dates during May. June and July Sue opens her gardens to the public with all proceeds going to charity.So, our visit will be on WEDNESDAY 21st June and if we can fill a 42 seater coach the cost including admission to the garden will be 17.50.There’s a cafe specially created for the open days which sells lunches,sandwiches, cakes and drinks and all the food is home made. There are also home grown plants for sale It’s an absolutely glorious garden and I can promise you won’t be disappointed !

Sue Appleyard, Trip Co-ordinator contact 01943 839292 email:

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Allotments available

There will be some half plots or full plots available from 1st January 2017 on Newtown, Silsden Rd and Lower Stamp Hill.

Details please contact John Bottomley

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Dahlia Wins

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Our Allotment Manager John was successful at National Dahlia Show,Wisley.  Albert Brown cup with Collerettes and a silver medal also with silver and bronze medals for the best and runner up vases of open centre vases. Jack Kinns challenge trophy for Class 19 and a silver medal, also silver and bronze medal for the best and runner up vases of Waterlily dahlias.  Also 3 other firsts.

Harrogate results – Winner of silver medal for Waterlily championship and Open Centre Championship for Collerettes

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