13/09/21: Ellenor Fenn Garden officially opened in Dereham
The Dereham community turned out in force over the weekend for the grand opening of the new community space, the Ellenor Fenn garden situated by Wright's Walk.
Led by Cllr Paul Hewett, Breckland Council's Executive Director for Property and Projects, all key parties involved in making the garden happen said what it meant to their organisations and how pleased they've been to be involved in the project. Cllr Hewett commented: "The garden is a fabulous asset to the town. It's amazing just what can be achieved when various organisations work together, and it is great to see a community come together to celebrate a brighter future. Right in the heart of Dereham, I hope the Ellenor Fenn garden and performance area will become a fantastic space for residents and visitors to relax in and catch up with friends or family while out visiting or shopping in Dereham."
The representatives from aboutDereham Partnership, the Baptist Church and Dencora all then acknowledged the work that had gone into the garden sharing their joy to see it completed. Individuals and organisations who had given their time and donations to support the garden were thanked on posters displayed around the garden.
Trevor Ogden, Chairman of the Dereham Heritage Trust told those gathered a little about Ellenor Fenn and why the garden was named after this great educationalist. You can view an exhibition about Ellenor and her husband John in the old M&Co shop unit as well as a photographic journey of the garden from start to finish.
The audience were then treated to Joyce Miller's 'Wake up Britain' poem she penned at the end of the lockdown to stir the country into rediscovering itself as a nation by taking greater pride in its town centres, becoming a more equal country, caring for the elderly and supporting the vulnerable. The crowd joined Joyce in reading the poem with a rousing Union Jack flag waving to finish.
Following the cutting of the ribbon ceremony and photos, people took a look at some aboutDereham Partnership stalls. The children got stuck into arts and crafts and listened to story time with Janet Cunningham from the Dereham library. The garden now has an adjoining gate to the Baptist Church garden where refreshments were served.
Justin Dack, a well-known community champion often reminds the people of Dereham to be proud of their town, and he commented today saying: "It's great to see the garden completed, it's a nice place to come and sit and pause a while. Dereham needs to keep regenerating its public spaces encouraging its residents to be proud of them and not put up with those people intent on spoiling them. The public feeling about the destruction of some of the yarnbombing exhibits recently tells us that we won't keep putting up with it."
The aboutDereham Partnership will oversee the events in the garden and Dencora will handle the booking and scheduling. If you or your community group would like to hold an event in the garden, please contact the Dencora management team on 07394 564499.
Last updated: 14/09/2021 07:42:50