Knighton Manor, a 14th century Manor House set in the heart of the Chalk Valley, will be opening its gardens to the public to raise money for local charity, CRESS (Christian Relief and Education for South Sudan).
The gardens will be open on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th of June, between 2pm and 5pm. As well as enjoying the stunning grounds, visitors will be able to enjoy home-made cakes and sandwiches and an array of stalls showcasing local talent and craftsmanship. The local businesses exhibiting over the weekend are predominantly run by women in line with the work of charity CRESS which champions, empowers and equips South Sudanese women with the skills and knowledge to provide for their families and wider community. Visitors will be able to purchase products by Hannah Watchorn England, Cellar and Pantry and Lalografia Photo Art to name but a few.
All proceeds from the weekend will support the work of CRESS, helping South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda. Partnering with the Anglican Church, CRESS provide practical help and support to people who were forced to flee their homes when the civil war in South Sudan made it too dangerous to stay. To help people living in extreme poverty and great need, CRESS provides a Primary Health Clinic, agricultural training to help people grow their own crops, therapy for traumatised children, and education for children and young people.
Caroline Lamb, CEO and founder of CRESS who has lived in Knighton Manor for 16 years said: “I cannot wait to open my grounds for a cause that is so close to my heart. As a charity, CRESS relies on the generous donations from the local community. Having seen the desperate need with my own eyes I know that every single gift makes a huge difference.”
A voluntary donation at the gate allows visitors entry into the grounds including tea and cake. There will also be a raffle with fantastic prizes on offer!