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John Sorrell

John Sorrell

Hanslope Virtual Open Gardens


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]For over five years the villagers of Hanslope, Milton Keynes have been raising money to restore their historic Church Bells in St James the Great so that they can be rung for future generations as they have been for at least the last 400 years. The bells need to be rehung in a new bell frame installed in a strengthened Church Tower. The bells need repairs and re-tuning. All eight bells have been removed and are currently at the Bell Foundry. The total cost of the project exceeds £100,000 and we need to have raise the final [b]£16,500[/b] before the bells are ready to be rehung in the Autumn.[/p][p][b]Hanslope Open Gardens[/b] was planned as a major fundraiser for June 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown meant this event had to be cancelled. Not wishing to be beaten by “The Virus” the gardeners of Hanslope (and beyond) have been busy photographing their gardens for the last two months and the gardens will be available for view as videos on-line from mid-July until the Autumn 2020 Click this LINK: [url=https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3xkrbdyfqbqdd3t/AACb1ovafXZVKnQ0EYX_eyRda?dl=0]Hanslope Virtual Open Gardens[/url] .[/p][p]There are eight bells – the oldest was made in 1626, is 109.2cm diameter and weighs 762Kg. Full information on the bells can be found at [url=http://www.mkheritage.co.uk/hdhs/church/images/ChurchBooklet.pdf]http://www.mkheritage.co.uk/hdhs/church/images/ChurchBooklet.pdf[/url] (page24)[/p][p]Our real Open Gardens event would have raised a substantial sum towards our appeal, help us to match or exceed this and keep our wonderful bells ringing for centuries to come. Thank You.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

31 Aug 2020


Dec 23, 2020



plus £1000.00 Gift Aid

Oct 24, 2020

Ian Willis


plus £67.50 Gift Aid

Oct 11, 2020


Thank you for all the work you have done. The gardens look amazing .


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 6, 2020


From Terry

Oct 3, 2020


A brilliant display of gardens in Hanslope and Castlethorpe. It extended our summer and enabled us to see a selection of familiar and unusual plants. Thank you to all the contributors and John for making The Virtual Film.

Sep 4, 2020

Sue Bayley

Beautiful gardens for a good cause. Enjoyed taking part.

Sep 2, 2020

Susan and Keith Cordery

Thank you for all your hard work John, sorry it's not more.


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 29, 2020



plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 23, 2020


Brilliantly put together. Enjoyed the choices of music


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Aug 22, 2020

Lindsey and Don

Loving viewing the virtual gardens. Thanks for all the hard work done to make this possible.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

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