HISTORY In the autumn of 2010 a small group of villagers decided to organise the first 'National' Tintinhull Open Gardens event, which took place over a weekend in the middle of July in 2011. There were fifteen gardens open to the public ranging from compact, traditional, formal and large, which also included a Copse and the National Trust Tintinhull House Garden. Refreshments were provided (with help from numerous Villagers), in the Village Hall and a Plant Stall was set up outside Tintinhull Court. Over 500 visitors enjoyed the event, from as far away as Devon, Southampton and Wales. We raised over £3,500 for the Village Hall and plan to spend the money on items that will benefit all Village Hall user groups. However, we are awaiting the refurbishment of the Hall before we can do this. In the meantime we needed to put this money in a bank account to 'ring-fence' it. This entailed organising Tog into a 'Group' in order to have a constitution and open a bank account. So Tintinhull Open Gardens Group (TOGG) was born! FUND RAISING EVENTS
Calendars and Christmas Cards We have raised £720 towards St. Margaret's Church 'Flush Fund' selling calendars with the Open Gardens theme and also Christmas Cards bearing a beautiful snowy picture of St. Margaret's Church, taken by Chris Hunt, one of our village residents. (These are now sold out!) A new calendar for 2013 and Christmas cards will be available later on in the year Coffee Crafts and Cakes We realised that we had been so generous with our fund-raising that we didn't have a 'Working Capital' to use to pay for further fund-raising. This problem we have now addressed holding a very successful Coffee Crafts and Cakes morning in March. Next Open Gardens
Tintinhull Open Gardens Saturday 20 June 2015
There were around 500 visitors to our gardens in July 2011 and some came many miles and braved the worst wet, windy weekend imaginable! They were very enthusiastic about our friendly village, the lovely gardens, the wonderful plants on sale, the well organised parking and the delicious refreshments sold in the Village Hall. We are starting to plan the next event on 13th and 14th July 2013. If you think that you may like to open your garden next year, please contact me, so that we can give you help and guidance before making your decision. Flora Wragg TOGG (Chairperson)
TOGG NOTELETS We have also launched TOGG Notelets. These have a variety of themes, from Gardens, Village Views, St Margaret's Church, Flowers, Birds, Roses, Seasons, Winter/Christmas, to our own Recipe Cards. The Recipe Cards have been designed in notelet form, blank inside, but with the recipe on the back, so that the card can stand up while being used. The TOGG recipe cards are sold in packets of six for £3 The notelets are sold in packets of five assorted pictures of the chosen theme, for £2.50. Examples are shown here in the photo gallery. If you wish to purchase any packs then please contact Flora Wragg Notelets will also be available for sale at other village events.