OGC News November 2012
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..... Jennifer Kelley for organising the Titley
lunch, which was such a resounding success that we immediately rebooked it for
2013. Please put the date, Sunday 3rd
November 2013, in your diary.
Thanks also to Ann Turtle for doing the
November Speaker: Tuesday
Our speaker at the November meeting is
Fiona Grant who will be talking about walled kitchen gardens. Fiona is a garden historian with over twenty
years experience of working in higher and adult education.
She has acted as a consultant and advisor on
the restoration of many walled gardens, including some owned by the National
Visitors are very welcome (£2.00 which
includes refreshments afterwards).
If you have already ordered seeds, remember to collect
and pay for them at the AGM on Tuesday 18th December. It
is still not too late to place an order through Monica to take advantage of the
55% discount on seeds and 15% discount on sundries from the Thompson and Morgan
catalogue, but orders placed now will not be delivered until after the New
Advent Tree Festival
Weekend, 8th-9th December 2012.
We now have a small group to work on our
Advent tree, which is to be displayed on boards spanning the pews along the
length of the main body of St. George's Church, Orleton. We have an idea as to
the basic structure of our tree but would welcome any suggestions as to how we
can decorate it in a suitablyhorticultural way. If you’d like to join us, please do contact
either Shelley Choat 01584-831518 or Ann Turtle on 01584-831253 or email
We can also choose our favourite hymn for
the Songs of Praise on Sunday, 9th December at 6pm. Please write your suggestion on the Notice
Board at the back of the hall and we will then select one hymn at random to put
forward. One gardening-related suggestion
so far is
“The Holly and the Ivy”!
Reports for the
We would like to thank Jo Thorley for all
the dedication, hard work and literary flair that she has shown over the past
years in writing up our club meetings for the Grapevine. She has described our
meetings in a very entertaining but also informative style that has given us a
great platform within the village.
Jo is taking a well-earned break from
being our recorder, so this means that there is a great opportunity for those
budding journalists amongst you to try your hand. Jo will put all her write-ups on a disc, so
whoever takes over will have an easy-to-follow format, though you don’t really
need a computer – even a quill pen will do!
It doesn’t even have to be the same person who writes up every meeting,
so if you would like to give it a go, please do contact Monica on 01568-613861
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGM on Tuesday 18th
There is still time to join our friendly committee,
membership of which will be confirmed at the AGM. You should complete a nomination form,
available from our Secretary Monica Todd, and either hand it back to her or any other committee member at the November meeting or send it to Monica by 2nd December.
The committee meets for a couple of hours over coffee and biscuits on a
Thursday evening once a month, generally the week preceding the club
meetings. The club flourishes through the very varied skills of its members –
not just green fingers but also the ability to manage a budget, write
newsletters, meet and greet new members, sell raffle tickets and so on.
The Minutes of last year's AGM are on the web and on the notice board. As always, the AGM will commence
promptly at 7.30 pm. When the business of the evening is
complete, we can all relax and enjoy our supper.
Christmas Supper after the AGM on
Tuesday 18th December
Please bring your own wine, cutlery, glasses and crockery as
well as food: a savoury and a dessert, to
share. Please bring enough serving spoons. We suggest
you label these under the handle as well as labelling your
serving dishes. There are always some items left behind and this helps us
return them to their owners. There will be candle lanterns on the tables
but small table decorations of a Christmassy nature will help to make the hall
look suitably festive.
We are circulating next year's rota for preparing and serving refreshments. Please do consider helping out, even just once. You will note that we ask that whoever volunteers to bring their own tea towels and also to supply milk and biscuits. The cost will be reimbursed up to a total of £4.00
Places to Visit
This is not really the time of
year to visit gardens, but there are still indoor events that are
gardening-related, such as:
- There is also a new, independent Plant Centre
at the Ludlow Food Centre, run by Liz Campbell, who will give members a 5%
discount on production of a current
- January 31st 2013, 7.30 pm, Cawley Hall, Eye.
Xylophone Productions present: "Can You Dig It?"
of the UK’s finest comic songwriters, plant in well-drained, acid-free
soil, water liberally. The result is the best vegetable
cultivation-based musical comedy show ever. 'Can You Dig It?' will
appeal to both vegetable-growing novices and seasoned cultivators, and
includes the ballad of Derrick The Evil Pigeon, a powerful love song to
Alan Titchmarsh, and the world's first rap battle between a gardener and
a slug. No filth (except mud).
Suitable for all ages. Tickets: Adult - £10.00
Child - £5.00
For tickets and further information, contact:
01568 615836 or look at the web.
- Store terracotta pots in a shed unless you're sure they're
- Wash the panes of glass in your greenhouse to let in as much light
as possible, then line the greenhouse with bubble-wrap for insulation if
you want to keep your plants from being frosted.
- Move tender houseplants from off windowsills at night.
- Clean your lawn mower. When spring comes you'll be glad you did!
- You may think pests are dead or hibernating but unfortunately
whitefly and greenfly find greenhouses very congenial all the year round.
Be on the lookout for them and spray as necessary.
- Take hardwood cuttings of currants and gooseberries. The cuttings
should be about 25-30 cm (10-12 inches) long and should be buried in a
trench in the open ground to about half their length.
Tuesday December 18th – AGM and
supper. Collection of seeds. See above.