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Click above to see the Woodborough Virtual Open Gardens video featuring four local gardeners with their gardens.

Woodborough VIRTUAL Open Gardens June 2020
in aid of Doverbeck NSPCC

2020 will be remembered for many things, and one benefit of enforced ‘staying at home’ is that there are many beautiful gardens!   This year, we have been forced to think laterally to try to raise funds for the NSPCC whilst staying safe.

In the past, our ‘garden family’ have generously opened their gardens to the public. This year, it is not possible to invite you into our gardens and so instead we are collecting a selection of garden photos and videos to share with you with assistance from of our wonderful supporters, Timmermans who are hosting the virtual Open Gardens on their website – .

It’s fantastic to have a larger selection of previously unseen ‘secret’ gardens from the village and the beauty of online content is that you can choose the best bits from your garden and remain anonymous if you prefer! For a more detailed view of four special gardens (and to hear their creators) click on the image above.

A free prize draw for all those who make a donation of £5 or more to our Just Giving page to win a prize donated by Timmermans. You can donate to this very worthy cause by visiting .

Fly Tipping in Woodborough

It’s a great shame that on the same page as our wonderful gardens we have to report that there have been a number of items of rubbish dumped at the top of the Four Bells car park.

Apparently this area is not owned by the pub but is available to villagers as community parking for local events etc.

Your editor reported the rubbish to our local Gedling representative, Cllr Helen Greensmith with the result that the smaller items have now been removed, with the furniture following in the near future (Thanks, Helen).

If you see anyone dumping rubbish, please try to get the vehicle number (but do not put yourself in danger) and report to Gedling Borough Council on 0115 901 3901.

A New Scam?

Reader, John Harlow wrote to us regarding a possible new scam – so be on your guard…

“I had a phone call this morning from a male claiming to speak to all people between 50-90 about a call service to speed up emergency calls at a cost. He asked when someone could call tomorrow to discuss it, morning or afternoon. I told him I did not want a call ever.

I have spoken to police and the surgery they think it is a scam. I have reported the phone number to Action Fraud.

Thanks for letting us know, – Ed.

We need some help in our garden…

To plan, choose, buy and plant some new shrubs, plants and bulbs, so

we can have colour in the autumn, winter, spring and summer.

Also to prune or remove some existing evergreens.

If you are knowledgeable and free for a  few hours a month, please call us on 9654977 (Woodborough).

Sulphur and White

Want an inspiring film to watch and help the NSPCC at the same time?  “Sulphur and White” is available to download from Amazon, Sky & iTunes.

It tells the story of a boy, David Tait, who as a child suffers sexual abuse at the hands of a family friend. The story unfolds to explain the impact that his childhood has on his whole life. 

I have had the privilege to meet David a couple of times, he has raised over £1.5m for the NSPCC to try and protect other children from experiencing the traumatic times of his life. He is strong willed, humble, clever and a generous man. He is now the CEO of World Gold Council.

Watching a film like this which is based on David’s story really brings home the mental impact of child abuse that never leaves you. Most do not talk about their history, but in doing so, David hopes that he will help remove the stigma of child abuse to help people to have a happy and fulfilled life, something that we wish for every child.

The NSPCC does amazing work with children and watching this film inspires me to continue to help protect boys like David.  Please watch.

Amanda Mellor