Over 150 guests gathered on the immaculate lawns of Leweston School, Sherborne to attend the 17th annual Gold Club Summer Party, organised by The Gardens Group of Sherborne. Leweston School kindly offered its library, art-deco rooms and beautiful grounds as a venue for the high spot of the Gold Club's year as Castle Gardens is still undergoing major repair work following a devastating fire at the Garden Centre in March 2008.
"We were delighted to host the event for The Gardens Group and happy to see so many members of the Gold Club at Leweston. Mike and Louise Burks help our gardening club throughout the year so we were more than happy to step into the breach and hold the annual Summer Party here. It was also great fun to hear Johnny Kingdom speak about his life. The library at Leweston was full of laughter for a change rather then the quiet turning of pages and studious whispers," explained Jane Wareham, House Manager at Leweston School.
Johnny Kingdom, the well known Devon countryman and film maker, was the guest speaker at the Summer Party event. Johnny recounted stories about his life on Exmoor and showed guests some of his short wildlife films including amazing footage of a family of stoats bathing in a bird bath and a family of wild boar filmed on the edge of woodland on Exmoor.
Penny Old, organiser of the Gold Club at The Gardens Group explained; "We were completely booked up for this event which was a lovely way to celebrate another successful year of the Gold Club. Over the last year we have been on several holidays as a group to magnificent gardens both in England and Europe. We have over 400 members and during the last 17 years we have had some wonderful gardening experiences. We are very grateful to the team at Leweston School for making us so welcome."
Leweston School runs a Summer Club during the school holidays when members of the public are able to use the sports facilities including an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts, badminton, squash and netball courts, hockey pitch and 46 acres of grounds. To find out more please call 01963 210790 or visit www.leweston.co.uk