October 2 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, March 20, 2014
A TV gardening expert has been given a grilling in East Budleigh to raise funds for the village church’s bell appeal.
Peter Seabrook, who is also the gardening editor for The Sun, appeared in a Gardeners’ Question Time event at the village hall, alongside Paul Wills from Fermoy’s Garden Centre.
Around 75 green fingered residents attended, and got the chance to quiz the experts on a wide range of gardening subjects.
So numerous were the queries that the session ran on an hour later than had been planned, with villagers making the most of the experts’ knowledge, as well as hearing humorous letters sent to Peter during his time on TV.
They also enjoyed refreshments, including local produce donated by the East Budleigh Community Shop, and got to take home some free seeds.
Bell ringers captain David Pratt said: “It was a tremendous evening. Paul Wills and Peter Seabrook did very well indeed with the questions – if one didn’t know it the other one did.”
£532 was raised, continuing the superb start to the appeal, which aimed to raise £40,000 over several years, and has already raised nearly £30,000 in just four months.
The bell ringers are raising the money to overhaul the bells, and keep them ringing for another 100 years.