KNOWLE GREEN: National Garden Scheme open gardens

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Whist drive - Military whist and ordinary dominoes is played in Knowle Green Village Hall on the first Wednesday of each month and will be played on June 1st at 7-30 p.m, admission is £1.50 and all are welcome.

Awards - Members of Knowle Green Church have been presented with two awards for work in the fellowship. Several members made the journey to Warwickshire cricket ground at Edgbaston, Birmingham, for the annual meeting of the Congregational Federation where awards were received for work with the children and bikers.

The Child Friendly Award was granted for the church showing a strong commitment to children in all aspects of its life, for children being encouraged to use their gifts and grow in the Christian faith, for encouraging the children and young people to take responsibility and for the vision for further development in youth outreach.

The second award was for work with the bikers at the monthly Biker Breakfast. Held in conjunction with Christian Motorcyclist Association, this was deemed to be a unique event reaching out to bikers of all ages, faiths or none. Two awards were made from throughout the country by the sponsors, Congregational and General Insurance, and each carried a prize of £3,000. A film of the latest bikers’ breakfast was shown at the conference and can be viewed on YouTube.

Open gardens - New Row Cottage Gardens are open to the public in aid of the National Garden Scheme over the weekend of June 4th and 5th. Admission is £4 and includes entry to all four gardens. There will be cream teas available and a plant stall. Proceeds from the sale of refreshments is being donated to Knowle Green Church. These four gardens were featured last August on BBC Gardener’s World with Carol Klein. The four gardens are very different, but all have beautiful views and are close together with quiet places to sit and reflect on the beauty, enjoy a cream tea and cuppa.