Newsletter – February 2022

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The re-introduction of refreshments at the start of the meeting was well received and our volunteers this month are Anne Sinclair and Alison Coggon.

We still have one gap on the rota in September and we will need a few more volunteers in July, when we host our celebrity speaker.

THANKS:
We would be grateful for any help setting up before and clearing away the chairs after the meeting.

WELCOME TO:
New members, Loraine and Steve Atkin from Wigmore.

REMEMBER:
If you haven’t attended a club meeting over the last couple of months, it is time for your memberships to be renewed.

If you are paying by cheque, it would be much appreciated if you could have it ready beforehand.  It should be made payable to ODGC to the value of £12.50.

FEBRUARY 22nd – SPEAKER:

This month we welcome Penny Usher with Lavinia Sole who will enlighten us about the National Garden Scheme

 

GENTLE REMINDERS:

MARCH MEAL:

As you will have seen from the programme, we have arranged our annual dinner at The Oak at Wigmore on the 12th March.

Menu and booking form are on our website.  Numbers may be limited so don’t waste too much time choosing!

 

CELEBRITY SPEAKER:

As announced at the AGM, our Celebrity speaker this year is Toby Buckland and full details are on our website.

As with previous celebrities, we will be selling the tickets for this event at our March and April meetings and at the Plant Sale in May, to members only at a cost of £7.  After the Plant Sale tickets will be sold at full price of £14 either through the Village Shop or via post to Gill.

 

28TH JUNE – VISIT TO RHS BRIDGEWATER:

This is a coach outing and is limited to 53 seats and we already have over half the seats filled, so if you are interested, please speak to Monica soon, and add your name to list.

The outing is restricted to paid up members.

 

THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO GO:
Cheltenham & District Orchid Society
are holding their Annual Show on Saturday 5th March at Churchdown, Gloucester.  Please see the notice on our board as we have vouchers for a discount on the entry fee.

Plant Hunters’ Fairs:
The organisers have decided to save paper this year and are not sending out printed leaflets so please see their Calendar on our notice board or see their website .

MARSHALLS SEEDS:
Copies of the new catalogue still available.  It isn’t too late to place an order, especially with new items in the catalogue and on their website.

PLANT SALES:
Donations for our Plant table always welcome and don’t forget to get sowing and potting up for our Plant Sale on the 22nd May.

SALES TABLE:
Our sales table has gloves, vermiculite, Rootrainer replacement cells and Charles Dowding seed trays.

NEXT MONTH’S SPEAKER:

Dominic Hamilton is visiting us on 29th March.  His subject is the ‘History and Restoration of an 18th Century Regency Playground’ – the beautiful Painswick Rococo Garden.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER:
We would encourage members to follow the latest government coronavirus guidance when attending club meetings (www.gov.uk/coronavirus)

 

Monica