Calm amid the storm for Snowdrop Sunday in Askrigg

CAPTION: Tricia Selby, left, granddaughter, Ava, and Cathy Gosling, enjoy the display at Dog Kennel Cottage.

By Betsy Everett

As storm Dennis wreaked havoc all around, visitors to Dog Kennel Cottage in Askrigg found themselves in a rare oasis of calm when they stopped by at the weekend to admire the snowdrops in the wooded garden.

In the midst of surging rivers and flooded fields, Mel and Steve Willis opened the garden for Snowdrop Sunday more in hope than expectation of a steady stream (no pun intended) of callers. 

But plenty of villagers turned up to support the event which was held to raise funds for repairs to the tower of the 14th century St Oswald’s Church. As well as a walk in the woods they enjoyed a feast of home-made cakes and scones.

Among the visitors was MaryRose Kearney, chair of the church fabric committee.

“We have a lot of money to raise – around £200,000 – and a lot of work ahead of us to raise it. Events like this bring people together and we are so grateful as a church for everyone’s support,” she said.

Snowdrop Sunday and an impromptu Valentine’s Day coffee morning in the church, organised by Mel’s sister Steph Durrant, raised £210, bringing the total so far through donations and events to £33,000.