A MAN who grew up in Stow-on-the-Wold is heading home to give a one man show, raising money for a proposed memorial garden in the town.

Money is being raised to transform the former burial ground into a garden for the benefit of the community.

The garden, which will be designed as a quiet place for thought and reflection, will be completed in two phases. The first phase, which involves providing three or four memorial benches, should be finished by the end of 2019.

Charlie Markwick, who was born in the town, is performing his one man show Orienteering to raise money for the project.

Mr Markwick, known as The Yarn Whisperer, will speak about dementia and his experience about caring for his wife who suffered from it before her sad death from vascular dementia.

Demis Foster, church secretary, said: "We will need to raise funds for the purchase of the benches and to bring the garden to completion and so a fundraising event is being held at Stow Baptist Church.

"During the nearly 360 years since our church was founded the local community has come to our aid on at least two occasions and we felt that it was time to put something back into the community.

"All profits will be donated to Stow Baptist Church Memorial Garden Fund.

"Charlie is determined to help people see that dementia is not the end; it is the start of something new."

The event takes place at the church on Saturday, October 6, from 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £12 each and can be purchased at eventbrite.co.uk/e/orienteering-tickets-48952262535.

Anyone who cant attend but would like to donate to the fund can do so by sending a payment to Stow Baptist Church Account number 30834548, giving the reference Memorial Garden.