HISTORY In the autumn of 2010 a small group of villagers decided to organise the first 'National' Tintinhull Open Gardens event, which took place over a weekend in the middle of July in 2011. There were fifteen gardens open to the public ranging from compact, traditional, formal and large, which also included a Copse and the National Trust Tintinhull House Garden. Refreshments were provided (with help from numerous Villagers), in the Village Hall and a Plant Stall was set up outside Tintinhull Court. Over 500 visitors enjoyed the event, from as far away as Devon, Southampton and Wales. We raised over £3,500 for the Village Hall and plan to spend the money on items that will benefit all Village Hall user groups. However, we are awaiting the refurbishment of the Hall before we can do this. In the meantime we needed to put this money in a bank account to 'ring-fence' it. This entailed organising Tog into a 'Group' in order to have a constitution and open a bank account. So Tintinhull Open Gardens Group (TOGG) was born! FUND RAISING EVENTS
Calendars and Christmas Cards We have raised £720 towards St. Margaret's Church 'Flush Fund' selling calendars with the Open Gardens theme and also Christmas Cards bearing a beautiful snowy picture of St. Margaret's Church, taken by Chris Hunt, one of our village residents. (These are now sold out!) A new calendar for 2013 and Christmas cards will be available later on in the year Coffee Crafts and Cakes We realised that we had been so generous with our fund-raising that we didn't have a 'Working Capital' to use to pay for further fund-raising. This problem we have now addressed holding a very successful Coffee Crafts and Cakes morning in March.