Open Garden raises funds for Parish Church
It was a perfect example of “Love Thy Neighbour” when The Old Rectory in Pickering hosted a garden party for the Ryedale Lions Club and raised more than £700 to help those next door, Pickering Parish Church.
Rectory owners John and Rona Harrison bought the 17th century property 13 years ago and have restored both house and grounds to their former glories.
“We fell in love with this place as soon as we saw it but it needed much work both to restore original features and replace others that had been lost,” said Mr Harrison.
“The situation of the house and gardens overlooking the church clock spire adds to our joy. So it seemed appropriate to find a way to repay our pleasure in the church setting and help our neighbours.”
So they held an Open Garden event with Ryedale Lions and guests with all proceeds donated to St. Peter and St Paul Parish Church to help with its own restoration work.
“The Lions were very happy to accept this generous invitation and help benefit the Parish Church. Both the house and church are marvellous highlights of the Pickering skyline and the town’s long history. We are extremely fortunate to have both of them,” said Lions President Jim Ingham.
Highlights of the rectory gardens are a number of sculptures including a smaller replica of Isis, a magnificent bronze sculpture inspired by the Egyptian goddess of nature, which is in Hyde Park near the Diana Memorial Fountain.