Summer 2007 Newsletter

Summer Show
To remind you, the show is on Saturday 28th July at the St. Nicholas Church Centre, Bedhampton and it opens to the public at 2pm. Entrance is 50p with accompanied children free, so please come along and bring your friends. It will be signposted on the day at the traffic light junction of Bedhampton Road and Hulbert Road. There are good facilities for parking behind the Centre and on the local roads.

Last year’s show was a great success at this venue and we would like to make this year’s show even better!! So please try to enter something, even if it is in the Great Disasters section! For the more ambitious of you, there are sections for flowers, fruit and vegetables as well as cookery, handicrafts and photography, so I’m sure that there is something that you could enter.

We would like to encourage children to enter, after all they are the gardeners of the future, so please urge all children and grandchildren to enter something in their special section. Schedules have already been sent out to people who have entered in the past, but if you need one as a new entrant they are available from the store, or from the Show Manager Geoff Tanton on (02392) 479419. Geoff would welcome anybody who could help set out the hall on the night before or who could help on the day.

Distribution Store
Following the completion of the new retail park, access to the store is now fully restored and there are better parking facilities at the end of the lane up to the store. Thanks to Gwen and her team for keeping the store going in difficult circumstances. However, the number of members using the store has dropped of late and we will have to consider if we can manage to keep it open, use it or lose it as they say!

May Supper
This was a very enjoyable evening with greater numbers attending. A fun quiz rounded off the supper with everyone taking part. Our thanks go to all the organisers and people who helped on the day.

Flying the Flag
On an extremely windy day, Biddy Wylie and Liam Hutchings promoted the Society from a stall at the May Day holiday show in Havant Park to try to enrol new members, sadly the weather was against us, but we did manage to do some publicity for the summer show.

Stansted Garden Show
20 people took advantage of the tickets made available to Society members at a discounted price.

Porters Garden Summer Party
For the first time since this event has been running, the weather was so bad that it has to be held indoors. 6 members attended and enjoyed a strawberry tea. If you have not been to the Porters garden, it is just inside the Dockyard Gates on the Hard and it is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Greenhouse Glass
Panes of glass of various sizes are available, please contact Mrs Murphy on (02392) 4736323 or Liam Hutchings on (02392) 475140.

Our Park Bench
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Society a park bench was donated and placed in the park. In case you were wondering what has happened to it, it was moved after the introduction of the ‘statues’ and is now in front of the flower bed by the lodge, in an ideal place to watch the cricket!

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