It was good to be able to welcome many of you to our National Gardens Scheme opening last Sunday. The various favourable comments were much appreciated: the garden was indeed looking quite as good as when we used to open earlier in the season, some said even better! The weather was kind to us, the Friends of St Mary’s produced their usual delicious range of cakes, and Matty hopes that the many of her plants that you and others purchased will continue to give pleasure in their new surroundings. We’re both most grateful to our team of helpers, without whom this most successful event would have been impossible.

Publicity in this column, and in the “Garden of the Week” feature, was very helpful too, as we hope it will be for the next NGS treat. Tomorrow (Saturday) Winchelsea’s Secret Gardens open for the second time this year, between 1pm and 5.30pm. Twelve gardens will be open, four of them for the first time, for the combined admission charge of £5. There will be plants for sale, and home-made teas in the New Hall.

Also tomorrow, and on Sunday, Brenda Hartill’s Oast House Gallery and Studio (opposite Church Gate) will be open to the public, between 11am and 5pm both days. She will be showing some of her paintings, embossed watercolours, collagraphs, etchings and cards (many of them for sale, 50% off selected works). This year the show also includes some of the work of guest artist, Vincent Matthews.

In St Mary’s Church this Sunday, Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8am, and Evensong at 6pm.

Richard Holmes