Cleveland Branch Gallery 2016

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NGS Open Garden Event - Hillside Cottages - Sun 09 Oct 2016
Event starting today 2pm
Friends of Ropner Park - Stockton-on-Tees - Sun 04 Sep 2016


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NGS Open Garden Event - St Cuthbertt's Hospice, Durham - 31 Jul 2016


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Friends of Bowes Museum - Ravensford Farm, Hamsterly - 30 Jul 2016


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NGS Open Garden Event - St Margaret's Allotments, Durham - 17 Jul 2016


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NGS Open Garden Event - The Forge,  Ravensworth - Sun 03 Jun 2016


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NGS Open Garden Event - Romaldkirk Gardens, Teesdale County Durham - Sun 26 Jun 2016




Players attending (L-R)  Margaret Moyes, Brian Fisher and Jo Jones (hiding behind the camera)




This was a new venue for us this year and what a stunning venue it was! A group of 8 gardens of great variety clustered around Romaldkirk village greens.  Romaldkirk is a very interesting, old fashioned village with a water pump, stocks and attractive church of St Romald. As described on the National Garden Scheme website, most of the gardens are typical cottage gardens with herbaceous borders, another larger garden includes pond and grotto, one has lawns, rockery and interesting shrubs. Another garden which is well established has an attractive design of lawns, pond, herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs.


We were tasked with entertaining the visitors on the village green as they arrived to see the gardens in the village. So with a great amount of very careful thought and planning we strategically placed ourselves in front of the reading rooms as we deduced that the nice sunny location would attract the most visitors to see our performance. To our utmost surprise (honestly!!) we discoverd there was some delightful refreshment facilties there as well. We had a brilliant afternoon. We played a good selection of tunes from our repertoire and a few requested by visitors. We spotted a lot of foot tapping and the odd little dance and much applause from people sitting on the green and in front of the reading room. At half time we were rewarded with a very nice afternoon tea from our hosts. None of us found the time to get round to see any of the gardens as we were kept very busy on the green. So no photos from there I'm afraid, but if the gardens were any reflection of the beauty of the village then the visitors would have been well rewarded. We certainly had a fantastic afternoon in such wonderful suuroundings with great people. Happpy days!


Clervaux Trust Summer Fair - Croft-on-Tees, Darlington - 25 Jun 2016


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NGS Open Garden Event - Broaches Farm, Dalton, North Yorkshire - Sun 19 Jun 2016




Players attending: (L-R)  Dave Cook, Brian Fisher, Margaret Moyes and Jo Jones hiding behind the camera. Photo by Jo Jones.



This is our second visit to this venue, we were here in 2012. It is a beautiful garden set in a beautiful part of North Yorkshire. It has stunning views out over the local countryside. It includes 2 ponds, bog garden and wooded area, and various borders containing a wide mix of colourful plants. Great for wildlife. Lots of seating areas including summerhouse and gazebo.


We had a busy afternoon at this garden with a great deal of interest received from the visitors. Lots of questions to answer and quite a few requests for tunes. The weather was kind to us, warm and bright with an occasional slight drizzle but that did not distract from the atmosphere. We were well looked after by our hosts, keeping us fuelled with some wonderful tea and cakes. This is a delightful garden  in which to play our pipes and we had a great afternoon.


NGS Open Garden Event - Croft Hall, Croft-on-Tees, North Yorkshire - Sun 29 May 2016



Players attending: (L-R) Bill Kay, Brian Fisher, Tim Jones and Margaret Moyes.

Photo by Jo Jones our guitarist




This is the first time at this venue. A Queen Anne-fronted house surrounded by a 5-acre garden, comprising a stunning herbaceous border, large fruit and vegetable plot, two ponds and wonderful topiary arched wall also including a beautifully set rose garden and mature boxed Italianate garden. It offers wonderful views of the surrounding North Yorkshire countryside (photos to follow).


We set up in the garden just before 2pm and played a good selection of our repertoire till around 4pm. We recieved a great deal of interest from the visitors and were kept busy answering lots of question about  Northumbrian pipes and Northumbrian music. We had quite a few request for tunes from the public and were given quite a lot of praise, which was very pleasing. The gardens were stunning. in particular the long topiary hedge.


Concert at St Edmund's Church, Sedgefield Medieval Fair - Sat 22 May 2016



Players attending: (L-R) Brian Fisher, Dave Cook, Margaret Moyes, Jo Jones our guitarist was hiding behind the camera. Photo by Jo Jones.


We have supported this event for a great number of years now. Always the third weekend in May. We were first on this year giving a half hour performance at 10:30am in St Edmunds Church. Our pipes were nicely in tune and sounded really well in the Church. We had a small audience but it did build up a little during our performance. Tim Jones and Brian Fisher were scheduled to perform a duet but Tim was quite poorly and could not attend so Brian played the intended set as a solo, the Cullercoates Fish Lass and Coquetdale Waltz. We finished off with our Geordie set, Billy Boy / Bobby Shafto / Keel Row. We all had other commitments elsewhere after the performance so didn't get to see the other events at the fair but we enjoyed the morning and enjoyed our well earned coffee before going off to other things.


NGS Open Garden Event - The Old Vicarage, Hutton Magna, North Yorkshire - Sun 24 Apr 2016



Players attending (L-R) Dave Cook, Brian Fisher, Margaret Moyes, Tim Jones and Jo Jones(behind the camera). Photos by Jo Jones.




The First event of the season and Second time at this venue for the Cleveland Branch Playing Group. A delightful garden specialising in early spring flowers with rose and herbaceous borders featuring hellebores in profusion, with tulips and primulas. It can get cold at this garden however the weather was very kind to us this year. It was cool but we were treated to some sunny spells. We managed to stay out in the open and play a good selection of tunes from our repertoire. We were well looked after by our hosts and we were helped greatly with a supply of some excellent tea and cakes. Many of the visitors sat and listed to us play. We received  some great comments from both visitors and our hosts. We had a great day in a very lovely garden.








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