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Picture credit: Jonathan Buckley

Picture credit: Jonathan Buckley

We’ve teamed up with Winstone’s Bookshop in Sherborne to welcome author and TV presenter, Carol Klein, to Castle Gardens on Wednesday 18 November at 7pm. As part a book tour to promote her latest release, Making a Garden, the Gardeners’ World and RHS Chelsea Flower Show presenter will be giving a talk, as well as signing her new book in The Butterfly House.

Tickets cost £10 per person, which includes refreshments in The Walled Garden Restaurant and £5 off any book purchase from Winstone’s ‘pop-up’ Bookshop on the night. Advanced booking is essential and tickets can be purchased from Winstone’s Bookshop on Cheap Street, Sherborne and Castle Gardens on New Road in Sherborne. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Mike

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L-R Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, Amy Brice, director at Freshly Ground PR, Dr Andrea Keltey from FOLD, Christine Stevens, chair of FOLD, Eddie Trim, secretary of FOLD and Barry Watts, coordinator of The Green Shed, which is based at Castle Gardens and receives financial support from FOLD.

L-R Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, Amy Brice, director at Freshly Ground PR, Dr Andrea Keltey from FOLD, Christine Stevens, chair of FOLD, Eddie Trim, secretary of FOLD and Barry Watts, coordinator of The Green Shed, which is based at Castle Gardens and receives financial support from FOLD.

Tea, cake and bubbles helped get FOLD’s 60th anniversary celebration underway on Tuesday. Set up in 1955, FOLD is a very inspirational charity, supporting and enhancing the lives of people with learning disabilities in North Dorset.

It was an absolute pleasure to host the celebrations and hear all about the innovative projects that the volunteers have carried out, from helping individuals overcome personal hurdles to assisting them with moving onto independence with items for their new home, such as cookers, carpets and the hire of a removal van.

The celebrations welcomed local businesses and residents from across the community, as well as representatives and service-users from the organisations that receive support from FOLD. One of these organisations is The Green Shed, which is based at Castle Gardens and run by Tricuro and offers hands-on working opportunities for adults with learning difficulties.

We wish FOLD a very happy birthday and many more to come.

Mike

For more information about joining FOLD, donating or to find out more about the support that FOLD provides in North Dorset, please contact Eddie Trim, secretary, at foldnorthdorset@hotmail.co.uk.  

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Brian King

Last night, Brian King was awarded Employee of the Year at the first Love Sherborne Awards, which is organised by the Western Gazette. Since joining Castle Gardens in March 1992, Brian has risen through the ranks to become manager of the centre. I’m sure you’ll all agree, he’s a fine manager too; as well as being warm and friendly to everyone, he has a wealth of gardening knowledge, which he loves to share and a fabulous manner with colleagues and customers alike. Brian is a really decent person, always stepping up to the mark and going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that anyone who visits the garden centre has a positive experience. He is a well-respected, popular and diligent employee and really deserves to have his efforts recognised.

Mike

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On Thursday 22 October, The Apple Tree Farm Shop will officially open its Christmas Marquee, which will be filled with delicious local food and drink to get you ready for the festive season. This year, not only will you have the chance to wander round the award-winning Christmas displays and get ahead of the game with your present buying, you will also have the chance to meet some of the food and drink producers behind the produce on sale in our Farm Shop.

With the likes of Fudge’s, The Sausage Shed and The Bay Tree offering samples of some of their award-winning festive favourites, along with Bramley and Gage, Ham Hill Cider and Lyme Bay Winery giving the low down on the best Christmas tipple, you’ll be well prepared for your best Christmas yet. Zoey and her team in The Apple Tree Restaurant will be serving up a curry to keep those fires fuelled and the bar will be open for drinks and snacks throughout the evening.

As the countdown to Christmas really gets underway, it’s time to start thinking about booking The Engine Room and The Apple Tree Restaurants for your Christmas party, while our new delectable feasts have also just been launched for groups, parties and special occasions!

Mike

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Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh

We’ve joined forces with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to welcome Alan Titchmarsh to Dorset on Thursday 19 November, when the broadcaster, novelist and gardener will be presenting at The Crown Hotel in Blandford from 7pm. You can expect a really enjoyable evening of gardening prose, poems and anecdotes at this very special event, which is raising funds to support the fantastic work that ABF The Soldiers’ Charity does.

Tickets cost £20 per person, which includes refreshments, and are available from Blandford, Sherborne and Dorchester Tourist Information Centres, as well as ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s office in Exeter on 01392 496412 or at southwest@soldierscharity.org. Advanced booking is advised and doors will open at 6:15pm on the night.

We hope to see many of you there!

Mike

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