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Please don’t forget to come to our next Easter Special Coffee morning on Saturday April 19th 10-30 to 12 noon.

There will be Easter goods for sale as well as our usual fare.

Contributions of cakes, small bric a brac and raffle prizes will be gratefully accepted.

Let’s hope for a beautiful sunny morning.

The event is in aid of the Easton Church Room upkeep. Do come and bring your friends

Easton Ladies Guild

Easton Ladies Guild

Our April meeting took the form of an “Open Evening” at the village hall on 4 April 2014. This proved to be a very popular event with about 50 people coming along to hear Gilly Hayward talk about “Growing into Moor Plants”.

When Gilly left school she went to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she trained as a stage manager. From her first job with the Welsh National Opera where she stayed 4 years, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Princess Diana and Richard Burton, she then became freelance working for Saddlers Wells and staging product launches.

Moving to the BBC as a location manager she visited many beautiful gardens where she often spoke to the gardeners. The idea of being part of a team looking after something long term became very attractive to her and resulted in a complete career change entailing 3 years at Cannington College where she took the basic Diploma in Horticulture course.

Once qualified she answered a box number advertisement and following a successful interview found herself working at Highgrove House! 8 years later she moved onto Belcombe Court in Bradford on Avon where she spent another 4 years but then in 2009 her sister persuaded her to move back to Moorlinch because she had seen a plot of empty land advertised at Ashcott and felt it was an opportunity for them both.

The plot was an empty space with no planning permission for retail but with very hard work and determination they started to cultivate the land which proved to be very fertile and by the end of April 2010 they were open for business.

Now a successful nursery they also sell a few gifts, plants, cut flowers and some vegetables together with running workshops on such subjects as pruning, Christmas decorations etc. They are open March - Christmas and increase their profile by taking their plants to farmers’ markets and shows. This change of direction has brought her a lot of satisfaction but I feel there may still be more to come.

The evening was supplemented by light refreshments provided by the Ladies’ Guild members and all proceeds, including a raffle, raised £251.50  which Anne Porter and Elsie Parr presented to the Cheddar Valley Food bank together with a number of bags of non-perishable food items that had been donated.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7 May at 2.30pm in the Church Room where Merril Kebbel will tell us of her “Adventures as a House Sitter”.