Summer 2008 Newsletter

Summer Show
A reminder that this is the date of our summer show, opening at 2pm. It is being held at St. Nicholas Church Centre, Bedhampton again. This has proved a very popular venue and is easy for parking and getting to! If you have not been before, turn  at the traffic lights in Bedhampton and the Centre is to be found in Queen Anne’s Drive, which is the first turning on the left as you go along Hulbert Road. Entrance is 50p and accompanied children are free!

We really need as many entries from members as we can, to ensure that this year’s show is even better than the last. There are sections for all areas of gardening including fruit, flowers and vegetables, as well as cookery, handicrafts and photography. There is a special section for children, so please encourage children and grandchildren to enter.

Remember that children are the gardeners of the future!

The floral arrangement section is open to everybody, the theme this year is ‘a seaside garden’. More details are in the schedules. Previous entrants will already have had theirs through the post, but if you are a first timer you can get a copy from the store on a Saturday afternoon, or from Geoff Tanton on (02392) 479419. He would also like to hear from anyone willing to help set up the evening before.

Unfortunately our President, Brian Kidd will not be able to attend, but Councillor Jackie Branson who is Deputy Mayor of Havant has agreed to come and present the prizes. This will take place at 4.30pm.

Distribution Store
Last year, with all the disruption on the roads trading was rather slow, but we are pleased to say that trade has picked up this year and we have had to re-stock! If you don’t know where the store is, it is at the top of the lane by the side of Havant Fire station. Please come along and see what is on offer, small quantities a speciality! Many thanks to Gwen and Viv for continuing to run the store.

April Meeting
The topic for this meeting was ‘the history of British beer’. Information on beer making throughout the ages were included, with details of the Burton on Trent brewery and many London breweries added to illustrate how beer making has changed over the years. Interesting pictures were handed round and there was a sampling session at the end of the talk!!

September Talk
This will take place on Wednesday 24th September at the New Venue, The Arts Centre, East Street, Havant. In case you have not heard, the move is due to building works at the United Reformed Church Hall. The subject of the September talk is ‘Wild Flowers’.

May supper
This was a really good evening, with numbers up on last year. As well as the supper, there was a raffle and a fun quiz. Many thanks to Viv for organising it and to all her helpers.

It pays to Advertise
One of our members put in an advert for spare panes of glass and managed to get rid of the lot! If you have anything that you would like to put in, please contact Liam Hutchings on (02392) 475140.

Open Garden
Stan & Mary Pike will open their garden at The Housestead, Northney Road, Hayling Island on 20th July, from 1 till 5pm as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

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