Bloomin’ great day to celebrate

Joan Wilson welcomed many visitors to her garden, including Brian Oxborrow.
Joan Wilson welcomed many visitors to her garden, including Brian Oxborrow.
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A CELEBRATION of summer saw visitors flock to Market Rasen on Saturday.

A summer market and open gardens, together with an arts and craft exhibition, combined to provide a seasonal delight.

Sue Flower picked up her open gardens map from the welcome stall, where Rotarians Ian Shedden, Ray Pearson and Richard Wish were on hand to give directions.

Sue Flower picked up her open gardens map from the welcome stall, where Rotarians Ian Shedden, Ray Pearson and Richard Wish were on hand to give directions.

The market was bigger than last year, with more than 30 stalls offering plenty of plants and produce, while the exhibition in the Festival Hall was a new event, which showcased the local watercolour group, as well as many local artists, and also housed an excellent selection of craft stalls.

As always, the open gardens proved very popular, with more than 300 people enjoying what has become one of the highlights of the summer in Rasen.

The event, organised by Market Rasen Rotary Club and a team of volunteers, raises money to support charitable causes - but several local groups benefitted by volunteering on the day and receiving donations, including LIVES First Responders, who provided first aid cover, Market Rasen Cricket Club and The Foyer, who helped erect and dismantle the stalls, and the Watercolour Group who ran the art exhibition.

Free stalls were also given to local groups to enable them to raise funds - including Point of Contact, Middle Rasen and Market Rasen Gardening Clubs and the Rotary Ladies, who are supporting Candles, a charity raising money to help find alternative treatments for Cancer.

Little Evelyn Fews-Charlton was delighted with the teddy she won on the tombola, pictured here with mum Ceinwen and Rotary President Derek Anderson in front of the much admired work of artist Anthony Peg of Burgh le Marsh.

Little Evelyn Fews-Charlton was delighted with the teddy she won on the tombola, pictured here with mum Ceinwen and Rotary President Derek Anderson in front of the much admired work of artist Anthony Peg of Burgh le Marsh.

Rotary President, Derek Anderson, said: “Rotary is an organisation committed to supporting the local community.

“The members work tirelessly to raise funds for worthy causes and give their time freely in pursuit of this goal.

“The event on Saturday was organised entirely by volunteers for the benefit of the people of Market Rasen and I would like to thank the local residents and businesses for their continued support and look forward to doing it all again on August 3 next year.”

Members of Market Rasen Watercolour Group were some of the artists who exhibited their work in the Festival Hall. Pictured are Lesley Brewis, Cyunthia Burke, Pam Forsythe and Martin Barnard.

Members of Market Rasen Watercolour Group were some of the artists who exhibited their work in the Festival Hall. Pictured are Lesley Brewis, Cyunthia Burke, Pam Forsythe and Martin Barnard.

The allotments at the Catholic Church proved popular with visitors. Allotment holder Iain Davidson was on hand to show them the pick of the crop.

The allotments at the Catholic Church proved popular with visitors. Allotment holder Iain Davidson was on hand to show them the pick of the crop.

Market Rasen Gardening Club was one of the local groups who took the opportuntiy to raise money for their own funds.

Market Rasen Gardening Club was one of the local groups who took the opportuntiy to raise money for their own funds.

There was plenty on offer at the Summer Market in the market place.

There was plenty on offer at the Summer Market in the market place.

Cecile Povey continued to chat to her garden visitors despite the late afternoon rain.

Cecile Povey continued to chat to her garden visitors despite the late afternoon rain.

Many of the gardens had places to sit and watch the world go by.

Many of the gardens had places to sit and watch the world go by.

Picking up a proliferation of plants from Steve Penney of Waltham Herbs were Jill and Sheilah Fincham.

Picking up a proliferation of plants from Steve Penney of Waltham Herbs were Jill and Sheilah Fincham.

Brian and Anne Richardson gave vistors a warm welcome to their tranquil garden.

Brian and Anne Richardson gave vistors a warm welcome to their tranquil garden.