Lodge Close Wednesday Lunch Club’s garden in Wellington was officially opened by Taunton Deane Mayor Vivienne Stock-Williams this week – with the choir of Beech Grove Primary School joining the celebrations and contributing a rousing medley of songs for club members.
The garden is next to Lodge Close Community Hall where the club moved last October from Rockwell Green. Chairman of the Wednesday Club, Susan Bellringer, explained how the garden came into being: “When we came here it was just a plain square of gravel where nothing was happening so we decided to do something about it in time for the Queen’s birthday. Our members and all those who live in Lodge Close can use it – so it’s a community resource.” The garden was decorated in Union flags and red, white and blue for the day – and club members wore crowns.
Asked about funding for the colourful, landscaped garden, its furniture, plants, planters and trellising, Susan said, “Some came from Taunton Deane, some from our members; the tubs and bicycle were donated. I had ideas and these things just seemed to arrive!”
The Mayor paid particular tribute to Susan Bellringer before cutting the red ribbon and pronouncing the garden open. She was presented with a bouquet by a Beech Grove pupil before the cake – in the shape of a crown – was cut.