Newsletter – December 2021

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December is our AGM, the first for two years!  As we have already said we are not doing our normal shared supper but we are supplying wine, soft drinks and nibbles.  We have paper plates and serviettes but please remember to bring your own glass!

The AGM will start at 7.30pm prompt and the 2022 programme will be announced.  The membership cards for next year are ready so it would be helpful if you came ready to pay your £12.50 membership to save time in January.  Remember 2021 membership was rolled over from 2020. 

There will be an announcement as part of the 2022 programme which will be on a first come basis!

After the formal part of the meeting two of our August Show judges – David Griffiths and Maurice Bracher – are going to give some hints and tips about showing, especially as we are already working on the Schedule for next year.

Joanna and Rolland Munro from Bircher.

We would be grateful for any help setting up before and clearing away the chairs after the meeting.
We are hoping to re-start refreshments at the start of the meeting from January so will be passing round a rota at the AGM.

There is still time to hand in the questionnaire about the Show.  We are attaching it to the newsletter again so please give us your thoughts.

If you would like to help organising the Show, please see either Monica or Gill.

Thompson & Morgan:
As, so far, I have received less than £35’s net worth of orders for T&M, and as they are refusing to reply to any requests for communication, your committee has agreed we will not be dealing with them this year.

The problem appears to be because the lady I have dealt with for nearly 15 years retired last January and she was processing our orders even though we had not reached their required limit for years.

Apologies to the two members who have submitted orders, I will return your order forms to you at the AGM.

Some members may not realise that Marshalls own Unwin Seeds and, in the past, there have been two separate catalogues.  Now everything has been brought together under Marshalls Garden and you will be pleased to read that the discount remains the same whether it is Marshalls or Unwins.
(links are for separate pages)

If the seeds you are looking for are not in the current catalogue, please look online. Marshalls said that having the full catalogue online is the most efficient way to display everything as they are unable to fit all varieties into a paper catalogue. Also, as new varieties become available to purchase, the online store is updated very quickly. 

A new catalogue will be delivered early January which will have more flower seeds.



Shropshire Organic Gardeners
POTATO FEST returns to Wattlesborough Village Hall on Saturday 5th February 2022 and will have 27 varieties of organic seed potatoes, plus approximately 20 different non-organic ones again.  The beauty of their event is the ability to try small (or large) quantities of lots of different varieties.  See their website for more information.

Hereford Seed Swap and Potato Day:
5th February 2022 at the Courtyard Theatre Hereford
11am: free Talk by Adam Alexander: “The importance of Local Varieties in Food Culture and Identity

 Stalls: Tools for Self-Reliance will have a stall, so bring along old, unwanted or broken tools.  Dan the tool sharpener will also be there, as will Cottage Herbery.

 Potato Day:    Mix of popular and unusual varieties.  Purchase singly @ 20p per potato.

We would encourage members to follow the latest government coronavirus guidance when attending club meetings (