DESPITE some mixed weather (and weather forecasting) visitors travelled to Barton House Open Garden at Nymet Rowland to support fundraising for St Bartholomew’s Church at Nymet Rowland.

Arthur Littlewood, who hosted the event at his home with his wife, Victoria, said that visitors travelled from many parts of Devon and enjoyed the garden, the view and the excellent teas, not necessarily in that order!”

He continued: “The car parking went very smoothly and our thanks go to Messrs Daw for letting us use the paddock and yard as usual, and to the car park attendants.

“The teams of waitresses on each day were brilliant, as were the other members of staff, who washed up and slaved over the tea urns behind the scenes, received visitors at the gate and made the visitors so welcome.

“The weekend, after expenses and including generous donations, made the astonishing total of £1,402.30 for St Bartholomew’s Church, which will cover the cost of our annual insurance and electricity bills. To raise such a large sum is particularly commendable in that we are one of the very smallest churches in Devon.”

He concluded: “This was the last time we will be opening the garden to the public and we are very grateful to the many friends who have helped over so many years. it has been most enjoyable.”