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Birdsall gets ready for village fundraiser
9:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A WEEKEND of festivities is being held in Birdsall from Friday.
The village is hosting a concert, flower festival and exhibition of paintings to raise funds for St Mary’s Church and the Middleton Hunt Supporters’ Club.
On Friday, a concert will take place in the church from 7.30pm with local opera singers Catherine and Neil Griffiths.
A flower festival preview will also be held with arrangements designed and arranged by a team led by Kay Collier, entitled ‘A Year in Rural Life’.
Meanwhile, York artist Malcolm Ludvigson will be exhibiting his landscape paintings of the Wolds.
A car boot sale will take place on Saturday, 10am-4pm, in the parkland in front of Birdsall House.
An auctioneer will be available to value items and in addition to the traditional car boot pitches, there will be stalls offering produce from local businesses and individuals.
The flower festival will end with a Sunday evening service, taken by Canon John Manchester, in the church at 6.30pm.
To complete the weekend, a fun ride will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, starting from the park at 9am. There will be two routes, one of about four miles and the other of approximately 10 miles and both will cross ground not otherwise open to public access.
Organisers James and Cara Willoughby said this was the first time they had planned such an ambitious programme of activities in Birdsall.
“Huge thanks go to the organising committee who have put much time and great effort into preparing the weekend,” said Cara.
“We are very excited to open up the church, beautiful park and estate to the concert-goers, flower lovers, car boot fans and riders.
“We’ve had a good response so far with ticket sales and car boot enquires, and anticipate a good visitor turn-out with attractions for people of all ages.”
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