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Open Gardens 2023

Forteen Open Gardens


in the Church

a display of wedding dresses worn by local brides,

imaginative flower arrangements 

and a display of kneelers.


Village Allotments also open
In some gardens there will be plants for sale.


Saturday, 1st July, 2023


10:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Admission   £6

Tickets ("Passports") on sale
and free parking & toilets
at the Village Hall, DT11 0RE.


Coffee, Filled lunch rolls,

Cakes & Cream Teas

10:30 – 17:00


The Okeford Store 
and their cafe
will be open all day.

The Royal Oak will be open from 3 p.m.


We would be very pleased to have your comments & feedback, and to help us next time, we would like to know where you came from that day, and where you first heard of this event or where you saw a sign for it.  

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The event is in Aid of St Andrew’s Church

A brief history of the Church may be found here. 

The ButterBoys

For several years Andrew Vickers, Chairman of our History Group, has been researching official records and talking to relatives of the sixteen young men from Okeford Fitzpaine who were killed in the First World War. This painstaking research has been recorded in a book “The Butterboys in Battle” with new information and photographs being added all the time.   These sixteen lads grew up, played, went to school, and worked together. They joined up together and some even died together.   Many played in the village football team, known as “The Butterboys” as most were employed by Hill View Dairy. A new housing development, The Old Dairy, off Higher Street, now stands on the site.  The book is a permanent testament to ensure their sacrifice will not be forgotten. A copy is available to read in the Church. 

Also, we are proud of our commemorative bench outside the Okeford Stores, paid for by funds raised by the very pro-active Village Community Group.   Please take time to sit on the bench and look at a copy of that book, kept in a box at the side of the bench.   Andrew updates both copies as new information comes to hand, but if you would like a printed copy as it is now, ask here.


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