Cou­ple open their gar­den

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A COU­PLE will open their gar­den to raise money for a church and cel­e­brate its 175th an­niver­sary.

Louise and Win­ston Hunter will open their gar­den at Ac­ton House in Over Alder­ley to the public.

They have hosted open gar­den events be­fore but this year will cel­e­brate 175 years since St Catherine’s Church, Bir­tles was built.

They have teamed up with neigh­bour Muriel Lis­monde who runs Tour de Belfort vine­yard in France and will serve wine at the event in ex­change for dona­tions.

The Right Rev Libby Lane, the first Lady Bishop, is do­ing a short ser­vice at the church be­fore and will then join Louise and Win­ston for tea in the gar­den.

Louise said: “Our event has a spe­cial pur­pose and in­ter­est this year, be­cause it’s the 175th an­niver­sary for the church.

“As we are open­ing a month ear­lier than pre­vi­ous years, this is an op­por­tu­nity to see the gar­den in its spring colours, rather than the height of sum­mer.”

The gar­den at Ac­ton House, Hocker Lane, Over Alder­ley opens on Sun­day, May 17, from 4pm to 8pm.

It will cost £5 which in­cludes en­try, tea or cof­fee and scones.

The ser­vice is at 3pm. Tour de Belfort will of­fer wine from 6-8pm for a do­na­tion.

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