ODGC Newsletter – December 2018

For the second time this year, our regular readers will be surprised to receive this Newsletter as we don’t normally write to you in December!  But there are several things that need to be explained, so here goes!

December is our AGM, the business part of it normally only takes about half an hour.  For those of you who haven’t been before, your Chairman, Treasurer and Programme Secretary will present their reports, followed by Election of your officers.

There have been no nominations to replace any of the existing officers.  However, there has been one nomination for the position of Book Keeper and you will be pleased to know that the Accounts have been audited and approved ready to hand on to the new incumbent.

The committee currently consists of six people and we only need a quorum of five to hold our meetings.

We are always looking for volunteers to help on Club nights and it would be very helpful if we could have a few people who could be called on to be a “meeter and greeter”.  For example, last month we had 9 visitors and it was difficult to keep in touch with all of them!

Don’t forget:
The AGM is a shared supper – we all bring food to share, something savoury and something sweet, plus whatever you would like to drink.  Bring your own crockery, cutlery and glasses and remember to put your names on any plates, etc being put on the centre table.  The Club supplies bread, butter and cheese and there are supplies available if you wish to make yourself a tea or coffee BUT don’t forget to wash up after yourself!

And, following the success of the previous years:-
Win yourself a bottle of Wine in our Christmas Table Decoration Competition!
(See last month’s newsletter)

While you are at the AGM …
… Please consider paying for your 2019 membership in advance. This would ease the normal January rush considerably. Our volunteers (Sue Brown and Gill Macefield) will be on hand to take your subs of £12.50 per person.  Either cash or a cheque made payable to ODGC or Orleton and District Gardening Club. Cheques will not be banked until January and membership cards will also be issued from January as they are not printed until after the AGM.

Seed Orders:
Don’t forget, if you want to take advantage of the discounts being offered to the Club by Marshalls and T&M, then the orders must be placed through Monica.  It is not too late to place your order as catalogues and order forms are still available.


For those of you who have already placed your orders, please collect them at the AGM as payment is due to Monica.

2019 and beyond:
As we have said above, Gill our Programme Secretary will present her report which will include telling you all about our 2019 programme which is ready to go live on our new website after the AGM.

Gill has already started work on the 2020 programme and the purpose of the questionnaire we sent out last month is to gauge what, if any, changes you would like making so, if you haven’t already completed yours, please hand it in at the AGM.

Whilst we have a volunteer for Book Keeper, we do still have a vacancy for a Membership Secretary.  We have a couple of volunteers to handle subscription renewals in January and February but a permanent Membership Secretary would be ideal. We hope we haven’t  been putting volunteers off by asking for knowledge of Excel as the job can be done manually.  Details of new members can be updated on the club records for GDPR purposes by other committee members.

So, if there is anyone out there who is willing to take on the role on Club nights please let one of the Officers know that you can help.

2019 August Show – Floral Art:
Your Show Committee has chosen the floral art classes as detailed below, so get your thinking caps on!

75     Beside the seaside   – Use shells, driftwood and colours of the seaside
76     Blowing in the wind   – Think of incorporating natural forms, seed pods,  grasses etc.
77     Box of delights   – Miniature arrangement, not exceeding 9”x9”x12” (23  x 23 x 30 cm)

78     Country Lane     –  Beginners section

79    Garden Flowers for the Kitchen Table   
– Garden flowers and foliage displayed in an item found in the kitchen, e.g. milk jug

Floral Art Trophies:
There will be an additional Floral Art Trophy (as yet unnamed!) in 2019.
Curiously,  many, many, many years ago, there has been a mix up in the way the floral art trophy has been awarded.  The schedule clearly states that the Betty and John Knowles Trophy is for the highest number of points yet the Trophy is clearly engraved that it is for the best exhibit.
So in 2019 it will be for the best exhibit and the new one will be for the highest number of points.

See you at the AGM