A visit to Lindengate Fair

Andrew Hough, Buckinghamshire MCF representative and Mike Clanfield, Provincial Grand Charity Steward, are pictured with members of the Lindengate charity during their visit to the Lindengate fair recently, after the MCF awarded the charity £4000.

This is a mental health and wellbeing charity in Wendover which offers specialised gardening activities to assist mental wellbeing, boost self-esteem and social inclusion. The charity has received assistance from Buckinghamshire Masons to upgrade the facilities and pathways there. This has enabled wheelchair users and people with limited mobility to use the site and enhanced the infrastructure to make it fit to support the professional social and therapeutic programme developed by the centre.

The new look site was very much admired at the recent Lindengate Fair and has been well received by the staff, volunteers and clients of the centre.

Midge Blake of the Lindengate Said “Your donation has been instrumental in securing this significant donation of over £34k from LEADER (LEADER could only fund a maximum of 80% of the pathways). 

We actually still have a shortfall of £9k for the next phase of the pathways which is due to take place in August - Securing this balance of funding is now our most urgent priority.

The new pathways are already making a huge difference to our Gardeners (as we call our service users), particularly those with disabilities or those who are elderly or frail.  Previously they have been unable to access these areas of the site. The Sensory Garden is one of the areas now accessible and it provides a wonderfully calm space in which our Gardeners can sit and experience the gentle trickle of the water ball and breathe in the variety of fragrant flowers.”