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The exotic bird garden in particular was an added interest and the programme included a complete tour of the former stately home, with the guide commenting on the history of the building and its valuable contents including beautiful paintings.

The group moved on to Langlands Garden Centre for its late night opening, where they had time for a look round and a meal before continuing the journey home.

Thanks were expressed to Les Robinson once more for his efficient organisation.

The next trip on his agenda is to Coventry on Thursday, October 18, when the party will be free to explore as they wish.

At present the coach is full, but call Les on 01673 857063 to go on the waiting list.

ST MARY’S CHURCH REFURBISHMENT – Work began last week on the parish church restoration project.

A barrier has been put up, together with scaffolding, in preparation for the arrival of main contractors Skillington Workshop Limited – one of the country’s leading building conservation and restoration firms.

It was the London 2012 Olympics which provided inspiration for Martyn Chambers when he launched his direct appeal to all the people of the village last year to play their part in saving the church for future generations – and be rewarded with a collective sense of achievement.

The appeal he and his family launched was a tremendous success, and the result of this, together with other fundraising events and the very essential grants awarded, have enabled the restoration of the church tower and roof to begin.

Thanks are due to all who supported the appeal, or have been involved in any way, and anyone else who would like to contribute can send donations to the secretary of St Mary’s Church Committee, Mrs Jane Perkins, Barkwith House, Torrington Lane, East Barkwith, LN8 5RY.