The annual open gardens day at Little Ouseburn near Harrogate aims to raise money for the local historic buildings fund. This year the event raised £6,400, partly due to a seed funding award from debbie & andrew’s microsponsorship scheme. Organiser Ann Gawthrope said that this year was a ‘resounding success’ and ‘the best open day in over a decade thanks to the contribution from debbie & andrew’s’. Besides providing £500 to help organise and promote the event, debbie & andrew’s also provided free sausages for the fund raising barbeque and food stands.

The funds go towards supporting the historic buildings in and around Little Ouseburn, including an Anglo Saxon Church, Grade 1 listed Mausoleum (pictured) and the Victorian Village Hall. As with all historic buildings there are often repairs due, including much needed work on the roof of the village hall and redecorating the entrance plus adding new curtains to make it more appealing as a venue to hire. At the Anglo Saxon church, the aim is to build some kitchen units in the bell tower to facilitate a broader use of the church within the village and to offer coffee after church services.

Every year the village throws open the gates to its gardens and puts on a fantastic show for all the family. In 2014 this included a special childrens activity garden to encourage young gardeners and to celebrate the Tour de France having a stage in Yorkshire. There was also a vintage car display, tombola, plant sale, book stand, barbecue featuring debbie & andrew’s sausages and plenty of delicious homemade cakes.

debbie & andrew’s Harrogate 97% Pork Sausages are ideal for a big community event like this. They are wheat, dairy and gluten free and therefore easily tolerated by people with food sensitivities, so everyone can tuck in.