Newsletter – February 2018

Thanks To:

Pat Robertson and Margaret Lyon for the refreshments this month, and to those who help put out and clear away the chairs and also to those donating plants to the plant stall.

Welcome to:

New members Allison Grimshaw, Gina Hill and returning members Lucy Pickard, Joan Truckle and Gill White.

Don’t Forget:

This month’s speaker is Chris Evans on Permaculture in the Marches and Globally.

If you haven’t already renewed, your Membership Subscription is due.  We have been able to keep the membership costs at £12.50 per person per annum, and we are sure you will agree it is still good value and it includes your refreshments!!  Please see Trisha Clanzy- Hodge (Membership Secretary) and Eddie Clanzy-Hodge (Book Keeper) in the Small Hall.

Would the new members who joined in October and November, please remember to collect their 2018 membership card.

Club Dinner:

Our Club Dinner in March is at The Cider Barn in Pembridge, 21stMarch – 7.00pm for 7.30pm.  Booking forms and menu availableon the website, and tonight from Christine Berry.  Don’t forget to return your menu to Peter Furneaux at Lucton Court, Lucton, Leominster, HR6 9PQ by the 9th March


In May of this year, changes are being made to the law with regard to the Data Protection Regulations.

This means that we have to have your written permission to store your name, address, phone number and email address on computer.  Because of this we will have to make a change to the rules of the Club, which will mean we have to have an EGM.  As this will only take a few minutes, we plan to hold it BEFORE the start of the April meeting.

However, it also means that we have to get ALL members to complete and sign new membership forms and we will be emailing these to all members in the next couple of weeks.  These must be completed and returned to us (not by email) at either the March or April meeting. For those who we do not have email addresses, we will have forms available on both of these meeting nights.

Full details of the wording we will be adding to the Rules will be given in next month’s newsletter.

38th Annual August Show:

With gardens full of snowdrops, primroses, and daffodils heavy with fat buds ready to burst open in time for St. David’s Day, spring really is just around the corner.  Our 38th Annual Show beckons and the Show Committee are hard at work.  By the time you read this the Show Schedule will have been published on the Gardening Club website in A4 or A5 booklet format, with a few printed copies available in the hall this evening.  We do ask however, that wherever possible members print off their own schedules.  The Show Committee have made the following changes to the Schedule:

Prize Money:  There will be NO prize money awarded this year.

Section A – Vegetables:  Potatoes have been split into 2 classes;

Class 5 – Potatoes 4 WHITE, one distinct variety, and Class 6 – Potatoes 4 COLOURED, one distinct variety.

Sub Section A – Collections – A collection of salad vegetables has also been added.

Over the next few months there is plenty of time to practice your entries for the Show.  We have already featured floral art, and the open sections of cordials and craft.  So here are the cookery classes for this year:

60        Irish Soda Bread                61        Gluten free Chocolate and Beetroot Brownies

62        Onion Tart                           63        Victoria Sponge

64        Sticky Gingerbread           65        Afternoon Tea Tray – 3 homemade items for an afternoon tea for one.  Displayed on a tray no bigger than 15” x 12”.  Accessories allowed.

Recipes for classes 60 to 65 are provided in the schedule

Each year we strive to make the Show better than the previous one.  Your committee need you the members to put your entries in.  We all experience similar weather conditions throughout the year and therefore potentially the same problems with crops and flowers.   So please don’t prejudge your entries, just bring them along on the day and don’t forget all that delicious baking!

SOS to Orleton Garden owners:

As members of the Orleton and District Garden Club, we know that you are keen gardeners, so would any of you be willing to consider sharing your garden with club members for the Orleton Open Gardens and Supper night on June 26th 2018

Whether your garden is large or small, traditional or modern, filled with cottage garden plants or whispering grasses, we’d love to come and visit you.

So don’t hide your horticultural lights under a bushel.  If you feel like taking part, get in touch with Gill Macefield, Programme Secretary, via the club email or see Gill at one of the club meeting nights.   During February, March and April she will be found behind a desk selling the tickets for the Christine Walkden talk.

We look forward to hearing from you and to visiting your garden.

Christine Walkden tickets (25th September):

These will be available this month and in March and April to members only on the basis of one member one ticket, at a cost of £6.  Please make sure you have your green 2018 membership card with you so that we can see you have renewed this year and just in case you can’t remember your membership number!

Things to Do, Places to Visit:

Cheltenham and District Orchid Society Annual Show, Saturday 3rd March 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.  Please see notice Board at back of Hall for more information.

Next Meeting:  27th March – Richard Baldwin – Vegetable Growing