Information about our past events and activities:



Call Gill Broadbent on 07858 333 682 for

tickets & further information

Many thanks to everyone who helped to raise £335 to

help restore Ingestre Orangery at the 

Great Haywood Art Exhibition







               INGESTRE ORANGERY EVENTS  2015


                                  ART EXHIBITION 



Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015

Phone Alison 07840 929 566 or 

Gill 07858 333 682

or email


FRIDAY 15 MAY 2015


 UK APT  Midlands area meeting

and AGM

Friday 15 May 2015 at


9.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

09.30 - Arrival and coffee/tea  

09.55 - Introduction and welcome - Kate Dixon, Chair Midlands APT

10.00 - Ingestre Orangery - anintroduction to the project - Gill Broadbent, Secretary of the Friends of Ingestre Oran gery

10.30 - Getting and Keeping Stakeholders (Partnership Agreements) – Judy Crowe,Trustee, Benington Community Heritage Trust and Natalie Lunt, Development Officer 

11.00 - Coffee/ Tea
11.30 - Developing your project to HLF Stage One – Peter Morgan, Development Manager, HLF West Midlands 
12.00 - Evaluation and Monitoring – Jonathan Durnin, Director, DC Research

12.30 – APT Midlands AGM
12.50 - Lunch and networking
13.50 - Ingestre Estate – a pre-tour guide – Gill Broadbent

14.00 – Tour of Ingestre Hall, Ingestre Church (designed by Wren) and Ingestre Orangery
15.30 – Coffee/Tea at Ingestre Orangery (end of event)









2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.



Nr Great Haywood

ST18 0RF

Tickets from

or  07858 333 682




Many thanks to everyone we managed to raise £600 


Summer 2014 
Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st August
Saturday & Sunday 6th & 7th September 

Please join us and help to restore Ingestre Orangery
Art Exhibition

Refreshments on sale

Tickets: Adults £5 accompanied children free

Tickets :

Gill Broadbent: 07858 333 682


Summer 2014 

**Fascinating Garden Tales  raised £462.91**
Thanks to Dr Dianne Barre & Andante Choir
& all who support this event.

21 June 2014

Fascinating Gardening Tales & Andante Choir
Adults £5 accompanied children free
Tickets :
Gill Broadbent: 07858 333 682
Book early to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited

June Event 


Andante Choir



Dr Dianne Barre(left)          Talk in the garden    Display by FOIO


Thanks to those who came along and our volunteers.
Together you helped us to
raise £376 towards the restoration.

In aid of the restoration of Ingestre Orangery



Saturday 10 May 2014 at 2.00 - 6.00 p.m.

Pat Clare and Geraldine Taylor

Exhibition  of work and new paintings inspired by Ingestre Orangery 

ST18 0RF

 refreshments and works of art on sale

The Art Exhibition by Clare Taylor was very enjoyable despite
the poor weather on the first weekend which was followed by
some glorious sunshine later in the week.





February 12/13/ February 2014 saw the most vicious storms with exceptionally high winds. 

I went to the Hall during the morning to check that all was well at the Orangery to be met by the news that the wind had broken a complete panel of windows. 
Mark, the site manager and I went to look at the damage and decided how it could be fixed before the next storm began. I returned the following morning and joined Mark, Derek and Mark B who were already in the Orangery. As they boarded up the window I remived broken glass. Foretunately everything was secure before the rain and next storm began on Friday afternoon. The weather forecast was dreadful and for the first time had to cancel the working group on Saturday morning. We will be back next week as we hope to have more brash shredded so that we can put the mulch around the snowdrops and helibores that are flowering.


Inside after the storm                                           Outside showing the damage


The staff at Ingestre Hall worked hard to ensure the Orangery was safe before the next storms arrived.


Safe at last     At least the plants are beginning to flower.

February 2014 despite continuing bad weather the
 volunteers achieved a milestone as they cleared the proposed route from the Hall's car park to the old swimming pool area that will form the Orangery's car park. We even gained two greenhouses that will need some repairs!

The volunteers have shown that there is more than enough room for cars. 
Aaron was amazed at the transformation now we need the shredder again!

The path to the proposed Orangery car park has started to be cleared.

We have rescued 2 greenhouses although 1 will need some repairs.

January 2014 the bad weather continued but fortunately on Saturday mornings we were usually able to carry on with clearing the ground. Volunteers were helped by a local tree surgeon providing a shredding service which created a lot of mulch to use on the garden.


Ready to be shredded ...................................and more on the way!


Visitors join John & Frank for a Snowdrops have flowered
 well earned drink!    

December 2013 and disaster struck in the gales. Two trees at the start of the Long Walk fell and the Borough Tree officer confirmed that they should be removed as they were diseased and dangerous. We worked hard but before that work could be completed another gale struck and a Yew Tree fell on top of them. This tree was diseased and strangled by ivy. We are grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to remove the trees. Sadly a short stretch of the grass seeded edge has been ruined and a newly planted area trampled. But no one was hurt and it will soon recover.




November 2013 and we began to look at the work that needed to be done in the gardens. The Long Walk had been seeded with a grass strip on each side to replicate the former garden. Japanese Knotweed had been treated throughout the summer and autumn. The self setted elder continued to be removed and the brash formed secure homes for wildlife. We continued to remove ivy that was killing trees and the building.

Inside the Orangery the geraniums flourished and the Fig tree was pruned. Seeds were dried out for the spring. Small plants were potted up as were Holly, Yew and Rhododendrons so that they could be sold next year to raise funds to buy new shrubs.

9 October 2013 and a review of the year was held by Friends of Ingestre Orangery to celebrate our ongoing success and plan our future and discussand application to the HLF for a grant to restore the Orangery and ensure its sustainability as a heritage centre with facilities for community use.

October also saw increased pre-booked private group escorted tours of Ingestre Orangery, Church and Hall. Visits were made by Staffordhsire Gardens and Parks Trust and the National Trust.

31 August 2013 Celebrating 400 years at Ingestre Hall 1613-2013

Ingestre Hall, grounds and Orangery as well as Ingestre Church and Stables were opened for the public to find out about their heritage and the enduring skills of people over the ages. Archery, calligraphy, book-binding, weaving, spinning, glass making, candle making, iron work, wood turning and carving were just a few of the activities for people to try.

Over 500 people attended and many of those also visited the Orangery


29 June 2013 Family Craft Fair at Ingestre Hall
The Orangery was opened to the public so that they could share its heritage and find out about the restoration project and its future as a heritage centre and community use. Over 300 people attended. 

22 June 2013 open day at Ingestre Orangery

James 'Athenian' Stuart exhibition and talk by Dr. Kerry Bristol to celebrate the re-opening of the Long Walk. A picnic was held and the Andante Choir also entertained us during the afternoon.  The event was sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects who paid for 9 panels to depict the life, work and heritage of this highly influential architect who designed Ingestre Orangery. 70 people attended and funds were raised to support the Orangery's restoration.

Dr Kerry Bristol                                            Felix Pepler opening the Long Walk




15 June 2013 Water is restored to the Orangery and toilets are refurbished.
We were delighted when water was once more turned on after we had identified and repaired leaks to the water pipes in the external toilets. These are near the former swimming pool which had long been filled in. This meant that we could invite visitors to the Orangery and use marquees for future events and exhibitions.



April 2013 
the flower bed  in front ot the Orangery has been cleared and planted. The details of the lease is being negotiated. We are applying for a grant to appoint a consultant to take us through the development stage to apply for grants to enable us to complete the project. 



March 2013 we finally managed to burn the brash that had been generated by all the gardening work that had been done. The rear of the Orangery was finally cleared. The Yew arch opposite the Orangery has been cleared to reveal a hidden pathway. Access to former toilets has also been cleared. We were visited by Ian Rice from the Architectural Heritage Fund who was amazed at all that has been achieved. Our next steps are to seek a development grant and consult further with the community.

February 2013

saw some harsh weather but the daffodils planted earlier started to peep through the ground.

January 2013 The Options Appraisal was approved by the Architetcural Heritage Fund.

The Executive Report can be found on the Options Appraisal Page.

December 2012
The Options Appraisal was completed.

Throughout the last 3 months the volunteers have completed a fantastic job in the Orangery and grounds. Look at the Photograph page for the range and fantastic impact of their work

01 November 2012

Saw the launch of the consultation about the draft Options Appraisal Report.

The consultation lasts until 15 November, but we will continue to take acount of your views in the report/and or future consultations.

Appraisal11 October 2012
Today saw the publication of articles in the Express & Star as well as the Stafford Newsletter. The photos were good and the coverage again praised the 300+ hours of work undertaken by volunteers to bring the Long Walk and Orangery to life.

5 October 2012
We were all excitedly awaiting the arrival of Spartacus so that we could congratulate her on being one of the 4 nominees for the Turner Prize this year. The BBC arrived and were joined later by the 'Express & Star' as well as the 'Stafford Newsletter'. The clip shown on the BBC Midlands Today programme on that evening was well done and we appreciated the very full coverage of the project.

Sarah sent a photograph as a reminder of the morning.


29 September 2012
By this time we had not only cleared the Long Walk but had also cleared out the Orangery except for 3 remaining healthy plants. We were getting the whole site ready for Spartacus Chetwynd's visit to see the work that had been done so far. We can now see the potential for a fantastic restoration.


17 September 2012
One of our volunteers was able to devote the day to clearing out the weeds from the centre of the lawn to reveal an old concrete pond. He then tackled  the self seeded Silver Birch trees and weeds in front of the Orangery and finally trimmed the Yew Trees. A quote was sought for the treatment of Japanese Knotweed so its all systems go ready for Wednesday's volunteers to continue the good work.

15 September 2012

The working party continued to clear the Long Walk and the removal of undergrowth & weeds etc. With nine of us working a huge amount of clearance was completed. We were joined for a short while by American visitors who visited the Orangery and continued to the church to find the grave of a relative. 

Our working parties will now be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays 10.00 a.m to 12.00 noon.

We aim to clear the Long Walk, frontage of the Orangery, the remainder of the interior and to make it water tight.

8 September 2012 10.00 a.m to 12.00 noon

The working party managed to clear far more of the path and garden of weeds and moss. Many of the lovely trees and shrubs have been exposed and freed from the strangle hold of brambles and nettles.

While clearing the Long Walk  we had unexpected entertainment when 2 helecopters landed on the lawn to ferry visitors to Ingestre Hall to a nearby Paint Ball Centre. We were also grateful to Ingestre Hall catering staff who provided us with very welcome cups of tea and coffee.

1 September 2012 Open Day

Raised funds of £1,302 and  we gained many more supporters.






11.00 a.m. - 5.00 P.M.

This includes:

Talks, and exhibition about the history of Ingestre Hall, its
Orangery and the local area.

The Andante Choir will be singing songs from their new repertoire.

       This is the first time that the public can access Ingestre Orangery,

a hidden gem in need of repair, where there will be a Fine Art Exhibition by Richard Bostock

25 August 10.00 - 12.00

Our next working party's task will be to clear the Long Walk of brambles, nettles and other weeds. Weather permitting!

15, 19 and 20 August  

Working parties cleared much of the vegetation in the Orangery to reveal the sandstone floor, raised sandstone kerb and planting areas. There is still much to do but it can now host the Fine Art exhibition by Richard Bostock.

27 June 2012

A very successful walk by the Local History Society was organised by Dr Anne Andrews to visit the Orangery at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday 27 June 2012. Over 40 people attended and thoroughty enjoyed visiting Ingestre Church, Grade 1 and Ingestre Orangery together with the Old and New stables which are all Grade ll.

22 June 2012

We were awarded a grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund to conduct an Options Appraisal to restore the building to sustainable community use.



Friends of Ingestre Orangery     
Registered Charity No. 1147905     Charitable Company Registered in England Reg No. 07907112      Home Farm Court, Ingestre,Stafford ST18 0PZ

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