Spring 2009 Newsletter

Summer Show
This is a reminder that the summer show will be held on 1st August at St. Nicholas Church Centre, Belmont Grove, Bedhampton. Schedules will be available at the store and at the May supper. Anyone who has entered before will get a copy through the post. Remember that there are lots of categories other than fruit, veg and flowers, so have a look and see what you could enter. Geoff Tanton our show manager would be grateful for general offers of help and would be gratefully received. If you can lend a hand please contact Geoff Tanton on (02392) 479419.

April Meeting
This will be on 29th April at the Arts Centre, East Street, Havant. The topic is “Natural and not Wild” and the speaker is Patricia Elkington, so do come along and support us now that the evenings are lighter.

May Supper
The fish & chip supper will be on 27th May at the United Reformed Church Hall, Havant which has been refurbished. Tickets cost £5.50 each and will be available at the April talk, at the Store or from Viv Costal on (02392) 453138

Purbrook Horticultural Society
The Society has kindly invited our members to attend their meetings free of charge as long as you take your membership card. The next talk is on 7th May and is called “Increasing  your plants” by Kelvin Mason.

The talks are held at the Deverell Hall in Purbrook, which is on your right as you drive out of Purbrook, parking behind the Hall.

Trading Store
This now open every Saturday from 2-4pm. We specialise in small quantities of garden requisites, so do come and see what we can do for you.

Tree Warden Scheme
Our local area is in need of more volunteers to become Tree Champions to ensure the protection of our local trees.  There will be a meeting soon to discuss linking up to a wider network for this vital work. If you are interested, contact Liam Hutchings on (02392) 475140 or E-Mail [email protected]

Greenhouse Wanted
Has anyone got a greenhouse they no longer need?  If so, please contact Biddy Wylie on (02392) 475226.

Final Thought
“The Kitchen Garden” If well managed, nothing is more beautiful than the kitchen garden: the earliest blossoms come there: we shall in vain seek flowering shrubs in March and early in April to equal the peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums; late in April we shall find nothing to equal the pear and cherry and in May the dwarf or espalier apple trees are just so many immense garlands of carnations.

The walks are unshaded, they are not greasy or covered with moss, like those of shrubberies. To watch the progress of crops is by no means unentertaining to any rational creature and the kitchen garden gives you all this long before the ornamental part of the garden affords you anything worth looking at. William Cobbett “The English Gardener” Kindly found for us by Committee Member Pauline Powell.

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