Bumper Stody Classic Vehicles Day sees rare 1936 MG PB Airline Coupe win Vehicle of the Day

Visitors admiring the classic vehicles at Stody Lodge Gardens (credit: Stody Lodge Gardens

Visitors admiring the classic vehicles at Stody Lodge Gardens (credit: Stody Lodge Gardens

On Sunday 12th May 2019, Stody Lodge Gardens was delighted to welcome an estimated 400 classic vehicles for a sunshine-filled afternoon of motors, homemade teas by the Aylsham Care Trust and spectacularly colourful gardens.

Ronald and Karen Loomes with their winning 1936 MG PB Airline Coupe (© Stody Lodge Gardens - high res available)

Ronald and Karen Loomes with their winning 1936 MG PB Airline Coupe (© Stody Lodge Gardens - high res available)

The award for Vehicle of the Day was presented to Ronald Loomes for his 1936 MG PB Airline Coupe.  The car was chosen by the judges, Peter Thomas of the Norwich MG Owners’ Club, and David Johnson of the Broadland MG Owners’ Club for its superb condition and rarity value.




Peter Thomas of the Norwich MG Owners’ Club said: ‘This car is one of only 16 cars of this type built and believed to be the only one on UK roads today. It is much travelled and has a fascinating history.  Originally sold by a MG dealer in Newcastle the car was then sold on after a few years to somebody in Scotland. No record of where the car went from there until 2001 when it was purchased by a Japanese tycoon who had the car totally rebuilt in the UK before shipping it to Japan. It was then returned to the UK before reaching Australia and then Sweden where it was kept in a museum. It was finally returned to the UK and Ronald purchased it in 2016.’

David Johnson of the Broadland MG Owners’ Club added: It is excellent to see such a rare car as this kept in its original condition and used so regularly.’

Thanks to the glorious May sunshine, the Stody Classic Vehicles Day was inundated with car and garden lovers and enjoyed a bumper turnout. All drivers of a classic vehicle were invited into the gardens for free where visitors were dazzled by Stody Lodge’s brightly coloured rhododendrons and azaleas.

The Aylsham Care Trust, which provides services to older people in North Norfolk to promote independent living and to decrease social isolation and loneliness, raised a fantastic £1,650 from providing delicious tea and cake in the tea rooms to the gardens hungry visitors.

The Stody Classic Vehicle Day forms part of a series of events taking place at Stody Lodge Gardens this May. Next up is a pop-up stand by Witts Design, a mother-daughter traditional screen printing company based on Stody Estate. Michelle and Stephanie Witts have created a range of selected homeware and gift card products with special edition Stody Lodge Gardens’ designs on them that will be on sale within the gardens from 19th – 27th May inclusive. In addition, The Stody Rainbow Garden Party will take place on Saturday 25th May 2019. This day is a special invitation to and celebration of the LGBT+ community and will raise funds for Norwich Pride and Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Prides’ respective Pride parades this summer. All members of the public welcome.

Stody Lodge Gardens is open 1pm-5pm all Sundays in May, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May, from Monday 20th through to Sunday 27th May 2019 inclusive. Entrance is £7, children under 12 free, payable by cash only.

The Stody Classic Vehicles Day returns this Sunday 12th May 2019

Chris and Hilary King with their 1954 Riley RME, winner of the Stody 2018 ‘Vehicle of the Day’ award

Chris and Hilary King with their 1954 Riley RME, winner of the Stody 2018 ‘Vehicle of the Day’ award

On Sunday 12th May 2019, Stody Lodge Gardens will extend a special welcome to a wide range of classic vehicle lovers for its spectacular May-flowering season.  The Stody Classic Vehicles Day 2019 will be a great gathering of classic vehicles of all varieties.

This event, now in its second year, is back by popular demand after hundreds of classic vehicle owners braved grey skies on 13th May 2018 to enjoy a wonderful day of motors, homemade teas and beautiful gardens.

View from within a stunning Jaguar SC 150 DHC 3.4ltr on 13th May 2018

View from within a stunning Jaguar SC 150 DHC 3.4ltr on 13th May 2018

Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt in North Norfolk has become increasingly popular as a destination for car lovers over recent years. On 1st May 2017, Stody hosted the 28th Heritage Run of the Broadland MG Owners' Club annual rally. On 22nd May 2016, the Stody Boutique Festival was attended by a fantastic selection of classic and vintage vehicles that was hugely popular with the festival's visitors. It has also been visited by several other classic car clubs who are drawn to its excellent facilities for motor enthusiasts as well as its unusually bright and colourful gardens.

David Johnson, of the Broadland MGOC, said: 'We had a fantastic time visiting Stody Lodge Gardens in 2017 and 2018 and all our members felt very welcome. There was ample well-drained parking, lots of space for picnics and everyone really enjoyed looking around these brightly coloured gardens.'

On Sunday 12th May 2019, there will be free entry to the gardens for all drivers of a classic vehicle (passengers not included.) Gates to the gardens open at 1pm and close at 5pm but vehicles are welcome to arrive any time from midday.

Individual vehicle owners are welcome to attend The Stody Classic Vehicles Day without registering their vehicle or completing an application form.

 

Winners of the Stody ‘Young Talent’ Awards 2019!

Stody Lodge Gardens is delighted to announce the winners of The Stody ‘Young Talent’ Awards 2019. Now in its fifth year, this competition challenged budding artists from Years 4,5 and 6 at local primary schools to create A3 frameable artwork along the theme of ‘Rainbows.’ This theme was chosen to tie in with The Stody Rainbow Garden Party, an LGBT+ inclusive event, on Saturday 25th May.

Winners of the Stody Young Talent Awards 2019. From left to right: Isobel Coutanche, Harry McDougall and Lucy Detnon

Winners of the Stody Young Talent Awards 2019. From left to right: Isobel Coutanche, Harry McDougall and Lucy Detnon

The three winners from each year group were selected by Sarah Young, a freelance curator and exhibition and event organiser as well as a workshop leader in art and crafts for children and adults.

 Lucy Detnon of Gresham’s Preparatory School won the Year 4 category for her rainbow peacock which Sarah Young praised for being ‘full of character’ along with her fantastic use of colour.  

The year 5 category was won by Harry McDougall of Beeston Preparatory School. Sarah was impressed by his interpretation of the brief with his black globe with famous landmarks surrounded by rainbow flares. 

Isobel Coutanche of Gresham’s Preparatory School won the Year 6 category for her decision to transform a black and white creature, the zebra, into rainbow colours with fantastic expression. Sarah said, ‘he knows he’s gorgeous!’

Unable to only select three winners, one for each age group, Sarah also awarded Special Mentions to Katy Turner from Gresham’s Preparatory School (year 4), Tabitha Gurney from Beeston Preparatory School (year 5) and Zelie Birbeck from Beeston Preparatory School (year 6).

The finalists of the Stody Young Talent Awards 2019 were exhibited in the gardens on Sunday 5th May for the Stody ‘Kids for Kids’ Family Fun Day. Hundreds of Norfolk’s youngsters had a fantastic amount of fun with lots of animals and games in Stody Lodge’s magical 14-acre rhododendron and azalea gardens. Alongside the donkey rides, lots of traditional fete games, donkey rides, hair braiding, face painting and a treasure hunt, children loved playing with young kids in the goat enclosure and admired goslings, pigeon and bantam chicks, a giant rabbit, two ferrets and even a corn snake.  Duncan Jeary’s award-winning, magnificent cows bellowed their way through the afternoon next door to show-winning Suffolk sheep owned his sons Archie and Oscar as well prime specimens from Harvey Sillis’ herd. But the star of the show was still Stody’s Shetland, Mitch the Titch, who enjoyed a lovely groom from lots of little helpers.

In addition, The Holt Youth Centre served a sensational array of delicious cakes and teas. Through their teas, games on the lawn and additional donations, the charity raised a fantastic £1,500 on the day.

 Kate MacNicol of Stody Lodge Gardens, said: “The Stody ‘Kids for Kids’ Family Fun Day this year was bursting at the seams with wonderful birds and animals for the children to enjoy. The treasure hunt was really popular this year and enabled parents to wander around and enjoy our beautiful gardens. We also had a fantastic array of games and activities on the lawn which kept many kids entertained. We are delighted that the homemade teas and generous donations from many of those involved in the event raised £1,500 for The Holt Youth Centre.”

Don't miss the Stody 'Kids for Kids' Family Fun Day this Sunday!

Children enjoying the face painting and fun at the Stody ‘Kids for Kids’ Family Fun Day

Children enjoying the face painting and fun at the Stody ‘Kids for Kids’ Family Fun Day

Norfolk’s youngsters are once again invited to run riot in Stody Lodge’s magical 14-acre rhododendron and azalea gardens on Sunday 5th May 2019.

A wide range of activities, games and farmyard animals will be available for everyone to enjoy. There will be donkey rides by the wonderful Scratby Donkeys, a treasure hunt, facepainting, hair braiding and ice creams. Most importantly, children are invited to feed and play with young goats and kids. They can also admire other animals such as lambs, calves, rabbits, chickens and many more. Of course, Stody Lodge’s much-loved Shetland, Mitch the Titch, will be hoping for lots of eager helpers to brush out his thick winter coat.

In addition, an exhibition of the finalists of The Stody ‘Young Talent’ Awards will be on display. Now in its fifth year, this competition invites budding artists from Years 4,5 and 6 at local primary schools to create A3 frameable artwork in any medium along a different theme. This year, the theme is ‘Rainbows’ which has been chosen to tie in with The Stody Rainbow Garden Party on Saturday 25th May. This LGBT+ inclusive event has been created in close association with Norwich Pride and Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride.

The three winners from each year group will be selected by Sarah Young, a freelance curator and exhibition and event organiser as well as a workshop leader in art and crafts for children and adults. Sarah is the event coordinator of the Paint Out Gardens Series 2019 which will be holding a day at Stody Lodge Gardens on Sunday 26th May. At Paint Out – Stody, visitors can enjoy the gardens and watch 20-40 artists work en plein air to capture Stody’s famous colour palette come rain or shine.

Delicious homemade teas will be provided by The Holt Youth Centre. Dogs on leads are welcome and there will be a plant stall by Edgefield nurseries.

Entrance is £7, children under 12 free.

 

Where's Wally in the Gardens

Family-friendly event on Sunday 28th April 2019

1pm – 5pm at Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt  

In association with The Benjamin Foundation

On Sunday 28th April 2019, Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt in North Norfolk will welcome the region’s Where’s Wally lovers for a day of fancy dress, beautiful garden and delicious homemade teas by The Benjamin Foundation. The event has been developed in association with this remarkable East Anglian charity. The Benjamin Foundation was set up in 1994 to help children and adults of all ages deal with many of the challenges that life throws at them and is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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Stody Lodge Gardens is renowned for being one of East Anglia’s most dramatic spring gardens with 14-acres of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, camellias and carpets of spring bulbs. . Normally only open to the public in May, the April opening date for the Where’s Wally event has been chosen specifically to capture the stunning combination of magnolias, camellias and late daffodils with early-flowering azaleas and bluebells that are not normally seen by the public.

 All visitors dressed as Where’s Wally will be invited into the magical gardens at Stody Lodge for free (children under 12 are always welcomed into the garden for free.) Wally outfits must include a hat and top. There will be a group ‘Wally’ photo at 3.30pm.

Visitors who wish to come dressed as Wally are encouraged to buy their outfits online or at their local fancy dress store. Their outfit must include a Wally hat and top.

Alongside a walk through Stody’s beautiful gardens, visitors will be welcome to purchase delicious homemade teas and scones by The Benjamin Foundation, from which the charity will take all the proceeds. There will also be a Butterfly Trail through the gardens, a treasure map and games on the lawn for everyone to enjoy. Stody’s favourite Shetland, Mitch the Titch, will also be dressing up as Wally and there will be some goats and their kids to admire too.

Kate MacNicol, owner of Stody Lodge Gardens, said: “We can’t wait to share our magnificent magnolias, camellias and early-flowering azaleas and bluebells with lots of Where’s Wally lovers. Dressing up is not compulsory and all are welcome to attend but we’re hoping for a great turn out of Wallys for an excellent group photo.”

Chris Elliott, Marketing and Fundraising Manager at The Benjamin Foundation, said: “We were delighted to be invited by the team at Stody to help organise the Where’s Wally in the Gardens. As our charity is all about supporting the young and vulnerable of all ages we are really pleased to be fundraising at Stody at this family-friendly event and celebrating our 25th anniversary.

Entrance is £7 for those not dressed as Wally (hat and top), children under 12 free. There is good disabled access to most areas of the garden. Accessible toilet and parking available. Dogs on leads welcome.

Anyone interested in donating a cake to the tea rooms, please contact Jessica.Glover@benjaminfoundation.co.uk.

 

The Stody Rainbow Garden Party - Saturday 25th May 2019

LGBT+ community invited to magical gardens at rural Norfolk estate. In association with Norwich Pride and Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride

Michelle Savage of the Sing with Pride Choir with dog Frank enjoying the Stody Big Gay Out in May 2018

Michelle Savage of the Sing with Pride Choir with dog Frank enjoying the Stody Big Gay Out in May 2018

On Saturday 25th May 2019, Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt in North Norfolk will once again extend a special welcome and invitation to the LGBT+ community, as well as family and friends, to celebrate diversity in all its forms within 14-acres of colourful rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias.

This is the second year running that Stody Lodge Gardens has held an event in support of the rural LGBT+ community. This year it is organised by the owners of Stody Lodge Gardens in close conjunction with Norwich Pride and Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride.  The Stody Rainbow Garden Party will build on the fantastic response to the inaugural event, The Stody Big Gay Out, which took place on 26th May 2018, but with even more fun, activities and surprises.

Richard Hulbert, Head Gardener at Stody Lodge Gardens, said: “As a gay man I am extremely proud to be sharing the extraordinary gardens at Stody Lodge in Norfolk with the wider LGBT+ community. Through the Stody Rainbow Garden party we want to challenge the stereotype of the LGBT+ community in a rural environment and positively promote diversity and inclusiveness.  It is my hope that this event will encourage tolerance and other similar events across the UK. I was amazed at how successful The Stody big Gay Out was and surprised at how supportive our local community were. I am really pleased to have this second opportunity to invite the LGBT+ community back to Stody Lodge Gardens.”

Kate MacNicol, owner of Stody Lodge Gardens, said: “Our rainbow-coloured gardens provide the perfect backdrop to a true celebration of the LGBT+ community. We were blown away by the feedback on last year’s event and couldn’t wait to start planning for next year. With a new name and additional partners on board there will be a huge amount of fun activities and surprises for you all to enjoy.”

Julie Bremner, a Trustee of Norwich Pride, said: “The team at Stody have been incredibly supportive and generous towards our community and we are very excited about plans for The Stody Rainbow Garden Party in May 2019. It is important that all of us show our support for those living in a rural environment and I can’t wait to once again bring some of the joy of Pride to the countryside.”

Jo Rust of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride, said: “We heard about the brilliant event that took place at Stody Lodge Gardens last year and were delighted to be invited to join the team. We know how challenging it can be for someone identifying as LGBT+ who lives in the countryside. This is a fantastic initiative that has our full support.”

Joanna Jane B. a member of the transgender support group OASIS Norfolk, said: "Last year’s event was such a beautiful day in all respects, so many superlatives. The gardens were magnificent - the colour and scents from the azaleas and the colour of the rhododendrons was so spectacular, just superb. A credit to everyone for their hard work and dedication, not least the wonderful performance by the Sing with Pride choir. My companions for the day, Beccie, Petra and I felt so welcome, happy smiling faces everywhere and good conversation at the refreshment area. We left with an overwhelming sense of happiness and wellbeing. A lot of Oasis ladies are looking forward to returning again next year.”

Norwich Pride and Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride will serve delicious rainbow cakes and homemade teas to the garden’s hungry visitors. All proceeds from the tea rooms will go to help fund Norwich’s 11th Anniversary Pride on 27th July 2019 and the second Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride on Saturday 17th August 2019.

All members of the public are welcome to attend The Stody Rainbow Garden Party on Saturday 25th May 2019.  As well as being able to wander through Stody’s magical 14-acre gardens, including it’s 4-acre technicolour azalea water gardens (the largest of its kind in the UK), visitors can enjoy a fantastic range of activities and entertainment. There will be live music, talks, facepainting, fantastical animals, games on the lawn and much, much more. Further details to be announced in the spring. The event is very family friendly with all ages welcome.

Entrance is £7, children under 12 free. There is good disabled access to most areas of the garden. Accessible toilet and parking available. Dogs on leads welcome.

 Anyone interested in donating a cake to the rainbow tea rooms to be served on 25th May 2019 at Stody Lodge Gardens, please contact jules@norwichpride.org.uk.

 

The Stody Classic Vehicles Day - Sunday 12th May 2019

Chris and Hilary King with their 1954 Riley RME, winner of the 2018 Stody ‘Vehicle of the Day’ award

Chris and Hilary King with their 1954 Riley RME, winner of the 2018 Stody ‘Vehicle of the Day’ award

On Sunday 12th May 2019, Stody Lodge Gardens will extend a special welcome to a wide range of classic vehicle lovers for its spectacular May-flowering season.  The Stody Classic Vehicles Day 2019 will be a great gathering of classic vehicles of all varieties.

This event, now in its second year, is back by popular demand after hundreds of classic vehicle owners braved grey skies on 13th May 2018 to enjoy a wonderful day of motors, homemade teas and beautiful gardens. Individual vehicle owners are welcome to attend The Stody Classic Vehicles Day without registering their vehicle or completing an application form.

Stody Lodge Gardens near Holt in North Norfolk has become increasingly popular as a destination for car lovers over recent years. On 1st May 2017, Stody hosted the 28th Heritage Run of the Broadland MG Owners' Club annual rally. On 22nd May 2016, the Stody Boutique Festival was attended by a fantastic selection of classic and vintage vehicles that was hugely popular with the festival's visitors. It has also been visited by several other classic car clubs who are drawn to its excellent facilities for motor enthusiasts as well as its unusually bright and colourful gardens.

David Johnson, of the Broadland MGOC, said: 'We had a fantastic time visiting Stody Lodge Gardens in 2017 and 2018 and all our members felt very welcome. There was ample well-drained parking, lots of space for picnics and everyone really enjoyed looking around these brightly coloured gardens.'

On Sunday 12th May 2019, there will be free entry to the gardens for all drivers of a classic vehicle (passengers not included.) Gates to the gardens open at 1pm and close at 5pm but vehicles are welcome to arrive any time from midday.

£15,900 raised for local charities in May 2018

The Sing With PRIDE and NoRWICH PRIDE TEAMS with Kate Macnicol of stody lodge gardens

The Sing With PRIDE and NoRWICH PRIDE TEAMS with Kate Macnicol of stody lodge gardens

Stody Lodge Gardens welcomed hundreds of visitors through its doors in May 2018 and raised a fantastic £15,900 for local charities through its homemade teas.

This year the charities invited to provide the homemade teas, from which they take all the proceeds, included Tapping House, The Benjamin Foundation, Heritage House, The Holt Youth Centre, St Johns Ambulance, St Andrews Church in Holt, Stody and Hunworth Churches, Thornage Hall, Norwich Pride and the National Garden Scheme. These ten charities fuelled busy garden lovers with delicious cakes, brownies, flapjacks, sandwiches, sausage rolls and scones.

Chris Elliot, Marketing and Fundraising Manager at The Benjamin Foundation, said: After hosting a successful afternoon serving tea and cakes in May 2017, we were delighted to be invited back to Stody Lodge by the MacNicol family in 2018. The support of local businesses and organisations is so important to us both in terms fundraising and raising awareness of the work we do to help local people who are going through challenging times.”

Chris continues. “Our heartfelt thanks to everybody involved in such a successful afternoon, including our wonderful volunteers and staff who helped us at the event, bakers and business supporters who supplied us with cakes and snacks to sell, and of course the team from the Stody Estate and the MacNicol family for giving us this valuable opportunity.”

Kate MacNicol of Stody Lodge Gardens, said:All of the charities we invited to provide homemade teas in the gardens this May worked incredibly hard and we are delighted that they raised such significant sums for their individual worthy causes. A stop-off at the tea rooms for a delicious homemade Victoria sponge, flapjack or brownie, has become an essential part of any visit to see the spectacular colour at Stody Lodge Gardens.”

A magnificent 1954 Riley RME wins ‘Vehicle of the Day’ at the inaugural Stody Classic Vehicles Day

Chris and Hilary King with their winning 1954 Riley RME

Chris and Hilary King with their winning 1954 Riley RME

On Sunday 13th May 2018, Stody Lodge Gardens welcomed hundreds of classic vehicles who defied the morning’s grey skies to enjoy a fabulous afternoon of motors, homemade teas by St John’s Ambulance and spectacular gardens.

David Johnson of the Broadland MG Owners’ Club and Peter Thomas of the Norwich MG Owners’ Club judged and presented the ‘Vehicle of the Day’ trophy to Chris and Hilary King, the proud owners of a beautiful “Spatted” RME Riley built in 1954 with a 1½ litre twin cam engine.

The judges praised the car’s excellent condition and how it had been restored to a “perfect level.” In particular, they admired how the owners had retained the “beautiful patina of the original dashboard and seating.”

 ‘Teddy,’ Hilary King’s childhood teddy bear who was made in 1954, the same year as the car

 ‘Teddy,’ Hilary King’s childhood teddy bear who was made in 1954, the same year as the car

The Stody Classic Vehicles Day forms part of a series of events taking place at Stody Lodge Gardens this May. Next up is an exhibition of work by local artists, wood sculptor Martin Pigg and painter Tracy Weston, from Sunday 20th May to Bank Holiday Monday 28th May. In addition, the Stody Big Gay Out will take place on Saturday 26th May. This day will be a special invitation to and celebration of the LGBT+ community and will raise funds for Norwich’s 10th anniversary Pride parade on Saturday 28th July. All members of the public welcome.

Don't miss the inaugural Stody Classic Vehicles Day this Sunday

On Sunday 13th May 2018, Stody Lodge Gardens will extend a special welcome to a wide range of classic vehicle lovers for its spectacular May-flowering season.  The Stody Classic Vehicles Day will be a great gathering of classic vehicles of all varieties.

David Johnson, of the Broadland MG Owners' Club, said: 'We had a fantastic time visiting Stody Lodge Gardens and all our members felt very welcome. There was ample well-drained parking, lots of space for picnics and everyone really enjoyed visiting these brightly coloured gardens.'

This event has been organised following the rising popularity of these magical gardens as a destination for car lovers over recent years. Most recently, on 1st May 2017, Stody Lodge Gardens hosted the 28th Heritage Run of the Broadland MG Owners' Club annual rally. On 22nd May 2016, the Stody Boutique Festival was attended by a fantastic selection of classic and vintage vehicles that was hugely popular with the festival's visitors. It has also been visited by several other classic car clubs who are drawn to its excellent facilities for motor enthusiasts as well as its unusually bright and colourful gardens.

On Sunday there will be free entry to the gardens for all drivers of a classic vehicle (passengers not included.) Gates to the gardens open at 1pm and close at 5pm but vehicles are welcome to arrive any time from midday.

Individual vehicle owners are welcome to attend The Stody Classic Vehicles Day without registering their vehicle or completing an application form. If you wish to attend as part of a club, please contact Stody Lodge Gardens on enquiries@stodyestate.co.uk or on 01263 860572 to give an idea of numbers so appropriate sized parking can be reserved.

Announcing the winners of the 2018 Stody Young Talent Awards!

The winners of the 2018 Stody Young Talent Awards: (from left) P Morison, Olivia Lavelle and Aubrey McCosh

The winners of the 2018 Stody Young Talent Awards: (from left) P Morison, Olivia Lavelle and Aubrey McCosh

Stody Lodge Gardens is delighted to announce the three winners of the 2018 Stody Young Talent Awards.

Now in its fourth year, this year’s awards challenged years 4, 5 and 6 at local primary schools to depict ‘cake baking’ in any 2D form. Tracy Weston, a local artist living in the village of Stody, judged the finalists put forward by three participating schools and selected the following winners from each of the three age groups:

P Morison of Beeston Preparatory School won the Year 4 category for his geometric interpretation of the brief. Tracy Weston praised his cake’s ‘simple structure and design contrasting with the bright explosive firework candles’ and great use of colour.

In the year 5 category, Aubrey McCosh of Beeston Preparatory School won for his fantastic cake surrounded by ingredients and cooking implements. Aubrey’s cake stood out for its ‘excellent movement and expressive use of water colour to show the magic and chemistry in baking.’

Olivia Lavelle of Gresham’s Preparatory School won the Year 6 category for her ‘excellent imagination and use of eye-popping colours to depict a beautiful cake with great attention to detail.’

Unable to only select three winners, one for each age group, Tracy also awarded Special Mentions to Patrycja Kobialka from Holt Primary (year 4), Jamie Philippi from Beeston Preparatory School (year 5) and Inez Clarke from Gresham’s Preparatory (year 6).

Sunshine and fun raises £1,500 for the Holt Youth Centre

Children enjoying rides on Barney and Fernando from Scratby Donkeys at the Stody 'Kids for Kids' Family Fun Day on Sunday 6th May 2018

Children enjoying rides on Barney and Fernando from Scratby Donkeys at the Stody 'Kids for Kids' Family Fun Day on Sunday 6th May 2018

Over 1,000 visitors of all ages flocked to Stody Lodge Gardens on Sunday to enjoy the face painting, farmyard animals, traditional fete games on the lawn and treasure hunt throughout Stody Lodge’s stunning 14-acre rhododendron and azalea gardens.

The fantastic weather made the spectacular colours in the garden even more magical for the hundreds of children who came to enjoy the many fun activities on offer. New for this year were rides by Scratby Donkeys which were hugely popular. Many beautiful fairy houses were also made in the new den making area led by Mandy Huntridge.  

Thanks to the volume of visitors and generous donations by many of those involved in the event, the day raised a fantastic £1,500 for The Holt Youth Centre which offers social, educational and training opportunities for young people in the Holt area.