Autumn 2017 Newsletter

The Summer Event
As promised in the spring newsletter, we re-named the Summer Show the Summer Event and hoped to make it more user friendly by removing the more rigid RHS guidelines and opening it all up to the general public. We also involved local societies like the scouts, WI, Gazebo Garden and Friends of the Earth. The event was held at St. Faith’s Church Hall and there were more visitors than last year, in spite of the really dreadful weather!!

For the first time the Society made a profit from the event, which was really encouraging after all the effort that was put by everyone. There were entries in all ten categories, though we would really like a lot more at the next one on 14th July 2018 – so get planning on what you can enter!! Details of the categories and entry forms can be obtained from Biddy Wylie (02392) 475226 or on our website.

WinnerExhibitHighly Commended
Peter WrightBeans
Mrs JonesPotatoes
Anne NewcombeCarrots, Green Salad
Mrs MundySingle Rose
Pauline PowellPotted Plant
Ann BuckleyVase of Flowers
Diana TowlerJam
Cliff RowePhotograph of a garden subjectRalph Waldron
Linda SweatmanFive a day
Barncroft Primary, St. Alban's C of E, Trosnant Infant and JuniorChildren's - Pollination & Bee Collages & Vegetable Animals

Entries were submitted from Barncroft Primary, St. Albans C of E, and Trosnant Infant and Junior schools, all of the schools received a prize in at least one of the categories which were Bee Pictures, Pollination or Vegetable Animals – so well done to everybody!

Any Ideas!
It has been suggested that we have an extra meeting in June, starting in 2018, as there is quite a long gap between the may supper and the first talk in September. Do you have any suggestions as what this meeting could be about? A Talk, a visit or anything else of interest? Any ideas please contact Biddy Wylie on (02392) 475226 or email Liam Hutchings at liam.hutchings@hotmail.co.uk

September Talk
Ben Cross gave a spirited account of the difficulties facing British growers in his talk on the cultivation of Alstromerias or Peruvian Lilies at his Crosslands nursery near Arundel. The meeting was well attended, but no one guessed that 97% of the flowers on sale were imported!

October Talk
Rosina Brandham gave an excellent account of Joseph Paxton’s time as a Head Gardener at Chatsworth House and all the changes that he made there. From humble beginnings he rose to great Esteem the Gentry because of his ability as a creative gardener.

Annual General Meeting
This will be held on Wednesday 29th November at 7.30pm in the United Reformed Church hall in Elm Lane. Geoff Tanton and Michele West have indicated their intention to resign from the committee, so we will be looking for volunteers to take their place.

We greatly appreciate their contribution to the society over the years and wish them well in the future. The business side of the meeting will be kept to a minimum and will be followed by refreshments and a quiz. Please attend if you can.

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