Newsletter – January 2018

Thanks To:

Di Belton-Elliot and Jane and John Cross for providing the refreshments and to Christine Berry for taking over organising the Refreshment rota.  Would volunteers please remember to bring 2 pints of milk and 3 packs of biscuits.  The club will reimburse up to £3.00 (please see Eddie Clanzy Hodge).  Also 2 or 3 tea towels.  Can you PLEASE let Christine know if we are running short of tea, coffee or sugar, we are good but we are not mind readers!

  • This month’s speaker is Robin Pearce on Shade Loving Plants. Many of you will remember Robin from last year when he spoke about Ferns and ran out of time, so we welcome him back to finish his talk

Don’t Forget:

Your Membership Subscription is due this month. 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 your new membership card
  • Would you please also confirm your address and email details when renewing as we think some people are not keeping us up to date with their information!


After the official business of the A.G.M., those members who attended enjoyed an excellent supper and the evening was finished off with the judging of our Table Centre competition.  The prize of a bottle of wine went to Gill Macefield.

Whilst at the A.G.M. there was little change to the committee – Peter Furneaux officially voted in as Vice Chairman and Trisha Clanzy-Hodge welcomed back to the committee as Membership Secretary, there has been a slight change since.

John Berry, for personal reasons, has resigned as Programme Secretary but not before putting together a very interesting and varied programme for 2018.

Those of you attending the evening will have heard the programme read out, but for those of you not there, we announced that John has arranged for Christine Walkden to be our celebrity speaker in September.

We announced that tickets would be on sale at a cost of £6 for members in February, March and April and then, in May, members can buy one guest ticket per member at a cost of £12.  From June, members may buy more tickets and the tickets will be also offered to other local Gardening Clubs at £12 each.

We have been fortunate in that Gill Macefield has volunteered to take over the role of Programme Secretary and for those that don’t know who Gill is, she will be saying a few words at the meeting, about this event and the planned outing in July.

It was also announced at the AGM that Hilary Hawkins and Sheila Ellison have kindly volunteered to take over organising the monthly plant stall and our May Plant Sale.  Don’t forget our plant sales when splitting plants and sowing seeds.  Especially vegetables as we were very short of them at last year’s May plant sale.

Please remember, this is YOUR Club so volunteers, especially for the committee, are always welcomed.

Club Meals:

Our Club Dinner in March is at The Cider Barn in Pembridge, 21stMarch – 7.00pm for 7.30pm.  Booking forms and menu available tonight from Peter Furneaux and on the website.

Unfortunately, we have to look for a new venue for our Sunday lunch in November.  The Titley ladies have confirmed that they are retiring – they have even had to cancel January bookings because of illness.  So if you have any suggestions, please see Peter.

August Show:

This year, your Show subcommittee have decided to make changes to the Open Sections of the Show which both members and non members may enter.  Several changes have been made to the schedule:  beer (from kit or hops) has been added to the Open Beer, Cider, Cordials and Honey Section, and age groups have been introduced in the Open Craft Section below.

Section J – Open Craft Section

110      Bug Hotel –a) up to age 11; b) age 12 to 16,  c) age 16 and over, including adults

111      Nesting Bird Box – a) up to age 11, b) age 12 to 16, c) age 16 and over, including adults

112      Gardening apron;

113      Garden kneeler

All items to have been made in the last 12 months and MUST be all own work.

So come on into your garages, out with the wood, tools and glue etc. and let your imagination run riot.  Let’s make 2018 a great year with a record number of entries from members and non members alike.

Things to Do, Places to Visit:

Shropshire Organic Gardeners Potato Fest, Saturday 10th February 9.00 am to 3.00pm at Montford Parish Hall, SY4 1AD.  5 miles north of Shrewsbury, signposted off the A5

Herefordshire Seed Swap, Saturday, 3rd February 10.00 am to 2.00 pm at the Courtyard, Hereford.   There is also a free talk by Chris Collins on “Urban Organics” at 11:30 am.

Ivycroft Nursery, Ivington, open every Thursday in February, especially for snowdrops.  Don’t forget to take your membership card as this entitles you to 10% off plants.

Next Meeting:

 27th February – Chris Evans – Permaculture in the Marches and Globally.  Some of you will already know Chris as he now lives in Orleton having moved to Orleton Common.