Shipston's annual plant sale takes a different form this year to raise funds for the area's home nursing service

Shipston Home Nursing is doing things differently this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic - running its popular plant sale 'at home'.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 5:03 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 5:04 pm
Sue Rew and Sarah Franklin sell plants, jams, chutneys and other preserves in aid of Shipston Home Nursing

The annual plant sale, one of the charity’s largest annual fundraisers, is usually held at Brailes Village Hall. But this year, sellers will have plants and produce to sell from popup stalls on their driveways or outside their homes, following the latest government safety guidelines.

The event will take place over one week, from May 1 - 8 and promises a host of home-grown flower and vegetable plants as well as home-made jams, preserves and chutneys.

There are 16 villages in the Shipston area taking part as well as stalls popping up in Kineton and Wellesbourne selling their wares to raise vital funds for the charity which provides a hospice at home service.

Villages participating are: Shipston-on-Stour, Long Compton, Kineton, Whichford, Upper Brailes, Lower Brailes, Great Wolford, Little Wolford, Cherington, Burmington, Tredington, Barton-on-the Heath, Honington, Halford, Barcheston and Wellesbourne. For more details about the venues and stall holders please visit the website at www.shipstonhomenursing.co.uk/event/plant-sale-2021/Rebecca Mawle, Head of Fundraising for Shipston Home Nursing, said: “Just like other charities it’s been a very tough year for us. Many of our events were cancelled, meaning our income was reduced dramatically.

"We really didn’t want to cancel this popular event as it’s a firm favourite so we’ve adapted it so it will work within government guidelines. We’re so grateful to the community who have embraced this change and thank them for their continued support.”

The charity is appealing for donations of jams, chutneys and cakes. Please call Fudge Ramsay on 01608 680000 or Caroline Gunn 01608 663508 if you can offer any items.