Summer 2010 Newsletter

Summer Show
A reminder that the summer show will be held on Saturday 7th August and will be held at St. Nicholas Church Centre, Bedhampton. As the winter was so hard and spring took so long coming, it is likely that you might have a smaller number of entries this year, so it would be really good if more of you could make an effort to enter something. There are lots of different classes, fruit, veg, flowers, cookery, photography and floral arrangement.

The theme for the floral arrangements is “boy’s Christening”. There is also a class for the greatest disaster so have a look and see what you can enter!! Everyone in a member’s household can enter and entries from grandchildren are welcome. If you need a schedule, please telephone the Show Manager, Geoff Tanton on (02392) 479419. He would welcome offers of help with setting up the day before. The show will be open to the public at 2pm, with presentation of prizes at 4.30pm.

May Supper
For the second year running the numbers were up and everyone enjoyed the occasion. Many thanks to Viv and her team for organising the event.

In Memoriam
Miss Cooper, was a long standing member and steward.
Mr M. Moore, was a long standing member and a regular and prolific exhibitor at the summer shows.
Jennifer Trodd, was a well known member and exhibitor.

Ever since the redevelopment of Potash Terrace and the parking problems, the takings at the store have been decreasing and we are running at a loss. The last straw has been the insistence of Havant Council that we pay for a gate at the end of the lane to stop undesirables from using the lane fore nefarious purposes. For these reasons the Committee has decided not to renew the lease on the store and it will close for the final time in November 2010. Members may wish to stock up on their garden needs before then, there will also be sale items on occasion!

And Finally
We all know the name John Innes, associated with Quality seed and potting compost, but strangely the man had nothing to do with this area of expertise. Born in 1929, he made money as a property developer, but took an interest in horticulture and specified in his will that a school be started to train Gardeners. Eventually the board of agriculture decided to fund a research institute and the composts were developed to aid research into genetics! From “Green shoots and muddy boots”.

Hampshire Water Festival
There is to be a repeat of the festival, visited by over 10,000 locals last year. The event takes place on the weekend of the 24th & 25th July at Staunton Country Park. It is well worth a visit with a wide variety of interesting stalls.

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