The residents of Woodcot, Salcombe opened their gardens for the annual Salcombe Minibus cream tea and raffle on Wednesday, August 16.

The glorious weather brought many visitors and locals to the gardens, where they purchased plants, enjoyed a cream tea, brought a raffle ticket and admired the stunning views.

Chairman of Salcombe Minibus Tim Mattocks said: “This is the main annual fund raising event for the minibus. We are lucky to have huge support from many local businesses who donate very worthwhile raffle prizes as well as produce to make the cream teas.

“The Woodcot residents make the venue available, and a small army of volunteer minibus supporters donate their time and culinary expertise to put the event together. Once again, we were fortunate to have good weather and a good time was had by all.

“For the fourth year in a row, it looks like we have broken all previous records and made £1,750 for our minibus charity,” said Tim. “We have recently replaced our vehicle with a new one which, with adaptations for disabled passengers, cost £40,000, so we need funds to pay the running costs and start savings which will build up over the next eight years in time to purchase the next vehicle.

“Our latest vehicle has many useful features which make it suitable to help the senior citizens, frail and disabled residents of Salcombe on shopping trips and day excursions to enjoy the scenery of the South Hams.

“For some passengers, the bus provides a lifeline and valuable opportunity to venture out and socialise with other people. None of this would be possible without the funding, time and effort volunteered to support the charity,” Tim added.