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West Woodhay House Garden Show is hailed as a great success after fundraising total rolls in

THE West Woodhay House Garden Show earlier this summer has raised £62,000 for charity.

The show, which was held on June 3 to June 5, was hailed as a great success after more than 5,000 visitors attended.

Show director Nigel Dyson said: "The weekend went like a well oiled machine with all the wonderful volunteer helpers, it was only a pity we had rain on Sunday afternoon."

Those benefiting from the £62,000 funds raised include: the ABF The Soldiers Charity; Mary Hare School for the Deaf, which is based in Newbury; the Kennet District Scouts; Newbury Agricultural Society; Berkshire Scouts; Newbury Rotary Charities; Macmillan Cancer; and the churches of West Woodhay, Kintbury, Inkpen, Enborne, Hampstead Marshall and Combe.

The owner of West Woodhay house, Harry Henderson, presented the money to the charities on Monday, July 4.

The garden show itself was launched with an oversubscribed gala evening on Friday, June 3, when the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Band beat retreat on the lawns, with the salute being taken by the Lord Lieutenant.

This was the first time the garden was open since the last show in 2009 and there was plenty to do on the day, with gardening talks by BBC gardening presenter Steve Brookes, cookery demonstrations, garden stalls and much more.

For the younger crowd, there was a funfair, laser shooting and paintball range.

The garden show will again be held at West Woodhay House in 2013.

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