Category: Fundraising

Good news: we are #HereforCulture

We are thrilled to hear that we have received funding from the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund!

This will mean that the Gardens Trust will have a level of financial security through the winter to enable us to continue to look after the Gardens and make them open for the pleasure, leisure, health and wellbeing of all our visitors and users.

Hoorah!

The government funding follows on from the emergency support we had from lottery players to enable us to open immediately after lockdown.

We are proud of our independence and particularly of our services to heritage, culture and communities. But without official financial support over the last few months the Gardens would have closed, fallen into disrepair and deprived hundreds of people of the pleasure and sanctuary the Gardens provide.

We are one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. We feel exceedingly privileged and lucky to be one of the few.

The funding will help maintain our staff posts and keep our bills paid – a vital stability for us to meet  future challenges.  The support also means we can plan and make changes to the way welcome people now, and in the future.

As winter closes in during the pandemic, we know that getting fresh air in a beautiful and safe outdoor place and finding some peace and cultural interest will be a vital lifeline for many of our visitors, and volunteers!

The Cultural Recovery Fund will enable us to do this and will support us planning for a better future too.

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The unprecedented government investment through the £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund is to be roundly welcomed. Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings joy to everyone.

More info from the DCMS about the fund

This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund – funded by Government and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Both funds are part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund which is designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.

433 organisations will receive a share of £67 million from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to help with costs for operating, reopening and recovery. This includes famous heritage sites across the country, from Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, Blyth Tall Ship to the Severn Valley Railway, the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincolnshire to the Piecehall in Halifax. The funds will save sites that are a source of pride for communities across the country.

12 organisations, including English Heritage, Landmark Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and the Canal and River Trust, will receive £34 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund to restart construction and maintenance on cherished heritage sites to preserve visitor attractions and protect livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors in the sector.

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has also been awarded a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund through Historic England. The AHF will use the funding to support charities and social enterprises occupying historic buildings to develop new business plans and strategies for organisations affected by the pandemic.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past. This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounceback post covid.”

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Re-opening! Dates and plans

The Gardens are re-opening!

Starting with 2 special weekends for Members Only:  6th/7th and 13th/14th June.

Opening to the general public will start on Wednesday 17th June (Wednesdays to Sundays).

We are really pleased to be able to welcome people back into the Gardens again.

We know spirits will be lifted by a wander – or a run- in the Gardens, but we will naturally be monitoring how we can manage safety.  Numbers will be limited and there are no activities planned at present. Family picnics will be welcome – please take home your rubbish – we cannot dispose of it at present.

Most of the Gardens’ staff are on furlough and we are managing a limited volunteer return. So, preparing for opening and stewarding is a big job- please bear with us.

Tickets, for the Members weekends and general opening from 17th , will be released on Wednesday 3 June.

Full details will be released next week.

More details

In order to open the Gardens safely, we have had to make some changes to how we welcome visitors.

Everyone MUST book in advance, including Members.  New booking time slots will become available each Friday at midday for the following week.

When you come, you will notice some differences to your usual visit:

  • The entrance courtyard will have separate ‘in’ and ‘out’ lanes.
  • The Visitor Centre will be closed.
  • Your pre-booked ticket and/or membership card will be checked in – contactless – from the wooden steps.
  • The Orangery will be selling limited takeaway refreshments.
  • Cards, gifts, jams and pickles will also be sold from here (1 person at a time in shop only)
  • All payments will be by contactless card only, or cash into a donation box (no change given).
  • For the time-being the mud kitchen will shut in line with Government guidance.
  • To maintain health standards there will be limited access to the Toilets.
  • All areas of the Gardens are open, but there are reminders to keep a minimum of 2m apart. Please Pause and make way for someone to pass on a narrow paths. Please respect this for the safety of  everyone.
  • Picnics are welcome – within the government guidelines. Please take your rubbish home – we cannot dispose of it, at present.

All arrangements have been risk assessed but will be constantly reviewed and may change without notice.

How to book

All visitors, including Members will need to book a ticket in advance.

We are sorry but there will be no ticket sales/bookings on the day.

We will post the link for booking the first week on Wednesday 3 June on our website, Facebook page and in our email newsletter.

A limited telephone booking system will be in place for those unable to book online. Telephone booking can be made on Thursday and Friday mornings 11am – 1pm. We can take credit card numbers over the phone.

The process will be as follows:

  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged five or under as they don’t need a ticket.
  • Currently the tickets will be for the whole day – but a limited number of tickets will be sold for the day.
  • New opening times 10.30 -4.30pm. We plan to introduce regular early evening openings later.
  • Dogs on leads are welcome.
  • Please note: we are not currently accepting two for one cards or other cards at present, we will keep this under review. RHS members need to book in advance.

 

 

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Tulips 2021- Thank You!!

Thanks to our lovely supporters we have hit, and exceeded, our target to ensure we can buy our spring bulbs next year!

Whoopee! That really is a great relief to our gardeners, who are always thinking seasons and seasons ahead.

Your help now, and in the future, really will make a difference to the Gardens’ survival.

Did you know it costs over £550 per day – every day of the year to keep the Gardens running smoothly, so knowing our plant purchases for next year are safe really helps. Thanks again.

The Gardeners have just taken delivery of the summer bedding for this year- from our excellent local professional supplier Baginton’s.

The cosmos, zinnia, salvia, pelargoniums etc are all looking bright and full of vigour – our visitors may have missed Spring – lets hope Summer is not lost.

Without our regular volunteers it will take a little longer for these to go in, though. We also lost all our nursery and propagation spaces 18 months ago when the hotel decided it wanted to nullify a license agreement – so the plants are distributed around in tiny space and we have nowhere to propagate many of our own plants these days 🙁

Looking back and looking forward:

 

 

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Movement for Good funding…just a click away?

Our specialist insurers, Ecclesiastical, aren’t just a financial institution, their charitable purposes are written into their very constitution; a ‘Movement for Good’. This year they are distributing £1million to good causes.  We would love to be one of them.

As a Charitable Trust the Gardens are dependent on visitor income and grants. Closure this spring because of the health crisis means we have already lost 75% of our annual earned income. So we are entering a period of uncertainty and loss (we are not alone in that).
If you can spare just a few minutes to click the link below  you can nominate the Gardens to win a £1,000 grant. Every little helps the Gardens keep going ..for all of us.

The deadline to apply is this Sunday 24th May

All you’ll need to do is type in our details – Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust and our  charity number: 516855
Winners are drawn at random, so the more times a charity is nominated the more chance it has of being selected.
Thank you very much for your support, please also share if you can!
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3 extra months for Free

Being a Member of the Gardens has always been ‘a worthwhile thing’.

Not only do you get free entry all year round to see and explore the changing seasons in the historic Gardens there is also a raft of other new benefits, like exclusive summer early evening openings, tea/coffee vouchers and day passes to share with family.

This year of course, it’s all gone a little haywire.

We don’t want our members to miss out so, all existing, new and renewing members* will now get 15 months for the same price as their 12 month membership.

A full 3 extra months for free.

We hope this helps you still to get your fill of lovely moments in the Gardens…

By taking out, or keeping your membership, you know also that you really are helping the Gardens grow! The financial contribution memberships make is currently the only trading income we have… so thank you again.

Here is more about our membership schemes…https://www.castlebromwichhallgardens.org.uk/memberships/

*covers renewing during the time we are closed because of covid-19 only

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Tulips for twenty twenty … one

Our beautiful tulips and flowers are blooming away in the Gardens – with only the songbirds to see them.
Everyone will be hit hard this year, one way or another.

But gardening is always about investing in hope for the future.
Although we cannot share our signature displays of tulips and blossoms this year, we want to lift hearts and souls for Spring 2021 and plan for superdooper plantings now.

As a tiny charitable Trust we will have lost over 45% of our annual income from being closed this year, so we have launched this Fundraiser to ask for your help to renew our bulb stock.

We recycle and re-use our bulbs where we can, but they have a limited life, if we order new bulbs this summer our volunteers can mass plant them in early Autumn – a joyful return to work in the gardens for them!

Many horticultural businesses and local nurseries have also suffered massive

losses, with some having been forced to cease trading.

So, any order we make to our suppliers will also be helping them stay afloat.  In a ‘normal’ year we start ordering our spring bulbs in midsummer, but without your help we will not be able to commit to that cost.

 

So many people are living day to day during lockdown, we’d like to invest in a hopeful future so when we emerge  on the ‘other side’ there will be beauty to see next Spring.  Thank you

You can donate any amount HERE on our JustGiving Campaign page

 

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/tulipsfor2021

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Vandals, mud and bugs

[update: We are overwhelmed by the positive support and reaction of the public to this act of vandalism in the Gardens. we are grateful to everyone for their good wishes and take heart in knwoing that what we are trying to do pleases so many people.  

We are busy prparng for our big 40s event at present, as soon as that is over we will be planning to invite our wellwishesr to be part of the reconstruction of the spaces – it might take a little planning- but we are really looking forward to involving even mor epeople in the pleasure of our spaces…. Please keep a look out for news of how you can help out… .With heartfelt thanks from the volunteers , staff and Trustees]

(PS Many people have asked how they might contribute financially – if this is something yu want and ware able to do, you can make a contriubtion of any size to our Just Giving page HERE.  All contributions for the next month will go directly on the re-build project… THANKS)

…over the past few months thoughtless and destructive intruders have done some stupid things in the Gardens overnight – all of which has cost our charity and hard working volunteers both money and tears. Over the last 2 nights yet more destructive idiocy has happened. This time it directly affects our visitors too. Last night was even worse.
Our little mud kitchen – much beloved by toddlers and parents was set alight. The ‘bug hotel’ built by volunteers and visitors last year to attract creepy crawlies was also burned. The fences protecting the small bridges by our spinney pond have now been trashed 4 times. Its not just stuff we have built , but nearby trees have been scorched too.
Our charity and volunteers look after these unique Gardens on behalf of us all. What brains and hearts get pleasure out of spoiling things for everyone else? They are the few…we are the many…oh, and our hedgehog cameras are now trained on humans…

 

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Traditional family fun day

Nearly time again for our amazingly popular low-tech family fun day.

Skittles, sack races, hopscotch and egg and spoon races  bring three – or more – generations together this Thursday (11-3.30pm).

We run this event every year in conjunction with the local branch of the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) as a fundraiser for us and them.

We love that every year this generation’s kids are thrilled by such old fashioned games as hook-a-duck, quoits and skipping. Grannies and granddads feel extra special showing them how to play.

These activities run all day alongside, fabulous face painting from GlitterCreep, dances from the Lawrie School of Dance and sing along fun from the Generations Choir and  shanties  from the Lichfield LightHouse choir. Meet the RSPB, explore the maze, follow the trails…

All for £2 each for everyone over 5years. Old fashioned prices too!

Cafe and shop open. Picnics welcome

  • All tickets  £2  (under 4s free)
  • £8 for a family day ticket (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults)
  • Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults, including named cardholder). Pass costs £40 and lasts 12 months.
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All the world’s a stage

Those baroque Garden designers always emphasised bold theatricality in their layouts.

Although we are certainly not on the grand scale of Versailles or the Royal Palaces, our ‘wilderness’ areas, boxed beds and topiary are all part of that formality and dramatic approach.

We’re all the more pleased therefore, to be able to host both theatrical and musical productions in the Gardens. This year we have the Crescent Theatre celebrating Jane Austen’s anniversary with a charming rendering of Sense and Sensibility. During the school holidays Dogs don’t do Ballet (Little Blue Monster theatre) will be visiting causing exciting mayhem for the little’uns.. definitely not to be missed.

In September, on the same day as our  Heritage Open Day tours, we are lucky to have local Gilbert and Sullivan aficianadoes the Birmingham Savoyards mixing drama with music.

Music too is becoming more of a regular feature here (hoorah!). The 40s weekend had us rocking. last weekend we were smooth and mellow with the West Midlands Light Orchestra and Devon Harrison. The Central England Concert Band come in August.

In between times we have the soloists accompanying our pop-up tea and music events, various entertainments during Apple Day and Advent and we’re still holding out for an amazingly talented group who can play 17th century music with vegetables! No they can’t .. yes the can, they’re K’antu.

We are an open air site, so wind and rain are always hazards here… but, as they say, our skin is waterproof and the show… must go on.

Check out our Events calendar on this site and make sure you secure your tickets for our theatrical and  musical offerings. Not only will you have a great time, you will be helping us keep the Gardens open for more years to come.

 

 

 

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Help Grow the Gardens

The Gardens Trust here is run almost entirely by volunteers, who gift over 10,000 hours of their time per year to keep the Gardens trim.

They run the education, family and wildlife activities and support the survival of the charity by running the café, shop and holding fundraising events.

It costs the equivalent of £900 per day to keep the Gardens open and sharing its delights with the public.

So the Trust is entirely dependent on the generosity of our visitors, members, donors and grant-making Trusts to keep the Gardens open. We hope you enjoy the Gardens, and if so, perhaps you can help us keep them going.

There are many ways you can help Grow the Gardens.

You can:

  • Volunteer your time
  • Buy a raffle ticket
  • Make a one-off or regular donation
  • Become a member
  • Arrange to leave a legacy
  • Sponsor an event or family friendly/school activity

Click here for membership and volunteering forms or pick one up at the Visitor Centre.

This year’s raffle will be held on December 2nd at one of our Advent events. Just in time for Christmas!

There is a raft of prizes including a top cash prize of £200, afternoon tea at Hogarth’s hotel, a child’s bike, pairs of quality hand-forged trowels and forks from DeWit, original artworks, Christmas coffee presentation for Starbucks and more…

Tickets are £1 each and can be found in the Visitor Centre

Sponsorships

There are numerous events, activities and aspects of the Gardens which can be sponsored and we’d be glad to talk about how we can work together.

Contact us on 0121 749 4100, admin@cbhgt.org.uk to talk about sponsorships and other supportive opportunities, such as corporate volunteering days.

Donations

There are donation boxes around the site.

You can make an immediate donation by phone, just text CBHG17 £1 to 70070 and make a difference today (#justTextGiving by Vodaphone)

Other donations can also be made online at our Just Giving site, (Just giving.com/cbh-gardens.)Every donation will immediately help Grow the Gardens and will be used where it is most needed to directly support our work.

Thank you for your support! #wegrowtogether

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