Summer in Knaresborough

 


Knaresborough has turned pink once again for the annual FEVA festival. As part of this festival, the town council’s Castle Working Group has arranged for the castle to be illuminated. The lights will be removed totally at the end of FEVA. Do go up to the castle after dark and appreciate our wonderful castle dramatically lit against the dark sky.
Also this weekend, as part of the Blind Jack 300 celebrations, Knaresborough in Bloom is bringing an exhibition of illustrations of the life of Blind Jack to Knaresborough House. The exhibition is from 11 till 4 on Saturday and Sunday in the Assembly Hall. Entry is free with a collection for a local charity. The illustrations are by Caroline Miekina-Houseman, a local artist who has been inspired by the tales of Blind Jack’s exploits as a young man, who did not allow his disability to stop him enjoying his life.
If you are out and about over the next few weeks, many gardens are at their best at this time of year. The gardens at the Castle, at Conyngham Hall and Bebra Gardens are worth visiting as they are full of colour and interest.
Every year we are commenting on our strange weather, after an early summer which was dry, suddenly the rain has come in vast amounts! Andrew, our KIB chief worker comments that there has never been a summer when he has done less watering! The problem with that is that the plants don’t get their feed which they get when they are manually watered.
Finally a plea for volunteers. Knaresborough in Bloom cannot exist without volunteers. A few more helpers will make a huge difference. The work isn’t hard, mostly planting, weeding and dead-heading. We are a friendly group and anyone is welcome. Please consider if you could volunteer with us.