ODGC Newsletter – February2020

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Thanks To:
Mary Taylor and Peter Furneaux for the refreshments this month, and to those who help put out and tidy up the chairs and also donating plants to the plant stall

Welcome To:
New members Jane Higgins from Shobdon, Guy and Rosie Holmes-Henderson and Avril and Jim Peacock from Orleton, and Rose Jenkins from Yarpole. We also welcome back Chris Evans, Kim Jackson, Martin Page, and Jeremy Roberts 

Don’t Forget:

  • This month’s speaker is  Michael Marriott talking about the “Wonderful World of Roses”
  • The Hall will be open to members and visitors from 7.15 pm for refreshments, plant sales, buying raffle tickets, etc. with the speaker starting at 8.00 pm prompt.

  • 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!! 

Club Dinner 17th March:

The Annual dinner will be held at The Boot Inn, Orleton on Tuesday, 17th March, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm.  The menu and application form is on our website. If you would like to attend, please print and complete the form and return it to Monica Todd.  This should arrive by the 7th March at the latest.  Please note that, once again, numbers are limited and are therefore restricted on a first come, first served, paid up member only basis.

Plant Sale – 10th May:
This year our Plant Sale is a week earlier but there is still time to be thinking about taking cuttings, planting seeds and splitting plants.  Last year we had requests for annuals in addition to lots of vegetable plants so please get planting.

As announced at the AGM Diane Howell-Thomas will not be organising the normal afternoon tea so we will be looking for volunteers to fill the gap.

August Show – Saturday, 15th August:
This year will be our 40th Annual Show and, in addition to the Floral Art classes already announced, the recipes have been chosen for Section E Cookery.  These are Bara Brith, Raspberry crumble shortbread, Shallot, Onion and Chive Tart, Honey and Courgette loaf, Lemon Biscuits and Strawberry Cheese Cake.

The Schedule, with recipes,  will be available on line by our March meeting.

Future Club Events:

Charles Dowding tickets:
Charles is speaking to the Club in July.  Tickets will be available in March and April and at the Plant Sale at a cost of £6 per member and £12 per guest.  Please make sure you have your 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!

After the Plant Sale tickets will only be available at Orleton Village Shop, or by post, at the £12 guest price.

Club Outings:


Hergest Croft

Spring visit to Hergest Croft – forms for the outing on the 26th May will be available in March

Visit to RHS Bridgewater – a 49 seater coach will be going to RHS Bridgewater on the 8th September.  Gill has already quite a few names on her list and this outing is on a first come, paid up member basis so please let Gill know as soon as possible if you are interested. Full details available in the Spring.

Colesbourne Snowdrops:
We are sure those of you who came on the outing to Colesbourne on the 13th February had a very enjoyable day out and, despite the weather and flooding on the journey there, the weather was very kind to us.  Lovely comments have already been made about the Club having  a coach outing again which makes the work involved worthwhile.

This was the first time that Colesbourne had been exclusively open for Gardening Clubs and Freddie Elwes has written saying that they know, as this was a first time event, they have got a few things wrong and could  do better.  He is therefore looking for feedback on the day to see where they could improve that might also helps them in the future. They know they need to make the queues for soup less long and that more benches around the grounds would be great for stopping to appreciate the views so if you would like to give feedback, please send an email to the Club email address.

Things to Do, Places to Visit:

Ludlow Garden Club, Wednesday, 18th March at 7.30 pm  –  Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers on “So many plants, so little space”

 Next Meeting:

Our  meeting on the 31st March will be a returning speaker – Paul Hands –  and his talk is entitled “My Dad’s worms”