Spring 2015 Newsletter

Chairman’s Report
At the A.G.M. held last November members of the committee were duly thanked for their services and all agreed to continue the following year. Diana Towler gave her first Treasurers Report, which showed the finances to be on a sound footing. Apart from subscriptions, funds were boosted by approx. £300 as our share of the Waitrose Green Token scheme, for which we are very grateful. A further £300 from the Hampshire County Council fund for helping community activities has been received with the help of Councillor Liz Fairhurst, for which we thank her most sincerely. Our President Brian Kidd attended the A.G.M.

Monthly Meetings
The first meeting of 2015 will be on Wednesday 28th January when the subject will be ‘Planting for Winter Interest’ and the talk will be given by Steve Austin. It will be held at the United Reformed Church hall in Elm Lane and starts at 7.30pm.

Talks

25th February – Tree Fruits – Peter Barwick

25th March – Climbing Plants (Sun or Shade) – Marcus Dancer

29th April – Sark, Car Free Island – Gerald Ponting

Summer Show
Any doubts about the success of the 2014 show were proved wrong, when a lovely display of flowers and vegetables arrived on the day, thanks to our usual trusty exhibitors. Although entries were down on 2013, the number of side shows increased the interest, with many visitors saying how nice the show was. Our thanks go to Karen for her ‘blooming art’ Linda for her ‘willow craft’ Kay for her ‘fabrics’ and Hole In the Wall for their sculptures. Brian Kidd presented cups to Peter Rogers, Roy Harding, Ruth Moore, Pauline Linter, Ann Buckley and Vivienne Barber. Many thanks to everyone who helped before, during and after the show to make it such a success.

The Great War 1914-1918
A contributor to the Annual of the National Dahlia Society mentioned one aspect of WW1. You may ask what relevance the Dahlia has to the war? Answer – many of the gardeners of the great estates and other establishments signed up to serve and lost their lives. This meant a whole generation of growers and exhibitors was lost, along with their skills. Those who did survive were often injured, grieving or emotionally disturbed and found solace in gardening. The peace found in gardening and the rich and beautiful colours of the Dahlias often helped give comfort.

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