Utterby Garden and Sculpture Trail success

More than 500 people visited the Utterby Garden and Sculpture Trail on its opening weekend.

Organiser Roger Staniforth, chair of the Utterby Heritage Group, was delighted with the support the event, which combines the best in contemporary sculpture set within three very different private gardens, received.

He said: “More than 500 people came along to view the sculptures in the three gardens open to the public.

“On Sunday a performance by the Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes Band really added to the atmosphere as visitors enjoyed viewing the sculptures in the setting of an English country garden.”

“Not only that but plant sales really boomed and the refreshment ladies were kept busy throughout the whole weekend selling home made cakes.”

The event, organised by the Utterby Heritage Group in association with the Barton upon Humber arts centre, The Ropewalk, continues until this coming Sunday, June 23.

Taking place in the gardens of Moat Farm, The Paddock, and The Manor House, Church Lane, it is the latest in a series of fundraising events organised by the Heritage Group with the aim of funding much needed work, particularly to the tower, restoring the churchyard and installing toilet and kitchen facilities to enable the 14th century, Grade 2 listed building to become more of a community centre for the village.

The entrance and sales tent will be outside the church while refreshments in aid of church funds will be served inside St Andrew’s itself.

Art work will also be displayed in St Andrew’s Church.

In addition there will also be plants for sale at The Paddock, again in aid of church funds.

The Trail is open from 11am to 4pm daily and the admission charge, to include a catalogue, is £4 for adults with under 16s admitted free of charge.