Garden and Sculpture Trail at Utterby

By janetuplin |

A new event is being held in the picturesque Lincolnshire village of Utterby to raise funds for its parish church, St Andrew’s.

The Utterby Garden and Sculpture Trail, which takes place from Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, June 23, has been organised by the Utterby Heritage Group in conjunction with the Barton upon Humber arts centre, The Ropewalk.The event is taking place in the gardens of Moat Farm, The Paddock, and The Manor House, Church Lane, and is the latest in a calendar of fund-raising events organised by the Heritage Group with the aim of funding much needed repair work, particularly to the tower, restoring the churchyard and installing toilet and kitchen facilties to enable the 14th century, Grade 2 listed building to become much more of a community centre.

“Within the last year we have held a summer concert with the renowned Bachelors starring, a very successful open air jazz lunch, various lectures, and most noteworthy of all, a Christmas Tree festival and concert when the church was filled with forty decorated trees,” said Roger Staniforth, chair of the Utterby Heritage Group

“This event combines the best in contemporary sculpture set in three very different private gardens offering the public the opportunity to view sculpture in a domestic setting,” he continued.

Around 30 artists will be taking part in the event and as well as exhibiting their work some of the artists will be at work demonstrating their skills in the craft marquee which will be sited on the tennis lawn of the Manor House.  Art work will also be displayed in St Andrew’s.

On both Sunday afternoons musicians will also be adding to the atmosphere and on Monday, June 17, the choir from New Waltham Primary Academy will be singing at 11am.

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 and also in the craft marquee at the Manor House.  In addition there will also be plants for sale at The Paddock, again in aid of church funds.

The event will be 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.

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