ODGC Newsletter – January 2019

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Happy New Year and with the start of the Gardening Club year, please remember we are, this year trialling new timings for Club night.

The Hall will be open to members from 7.00 pm with the speaker starting at 7.30 pm prompt (instead of 8.00 pm). Refreshments will then be served at the end of the talk, with the evening finishing at the same time as in previous years.

Thanks To:
Diane Russell and Rosie Trotter for providing the refreshments this month. 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 Gail Scott). Also 2 or 3 tea towels.

Don’t Forget:

Tonight’s speaker is Gail Plant on “spring or winter scent”

And …

  • 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 Gill Macefield and Sue Brown to renew and will those who paid at the AGM remember to collect your 2019 card.

The 2018 A.G.M. saw the biggest turn out for some years and the official part of it saw your existing committee re-elected. Your 2019 Committee comprises:

Chairman: Nick Russell
Treasurer: David Davies
Vice Chairman:  Peter Furneaux
Secretary: Monica Todd

Committee members: Jane Cross, Christine Berry

Then, to ensure the smooth running of the Club, we also have:

Programme Secretary: Gill Macefield
Plant Stall:  Hilary Hawkins, Sheila Ellison
Webmaster: Sue Brown

And the newest member, Bookkeeper: Gail Scott


After the official part, members enjoyed a fantastic supper spread, with Marjan Bartlett-Freriks winning the prize for the table decoration.


Survey Results:
Gill has prepared a few charts outlining the main responses from those members who kindly sent in their surveys. Click here to have look.
If you have any questions regarding the results, please ask Gill Macefield.

Club Dinner 20 March:

Watch this space!  The menu and application form for the Annual Club Dinner will be available here soon. In the meantime, please put the date in your diary.

Plant Stall:
Marjan Bartlett-Freriks has one mature redcurrant bush as well as several autumn raspberry plants that she would like to pass on to a good home via the Plant stall. She will bring the redcurrant to the meeting, but anyone interested in the raspberries should speak to her at the meeting to arrange collection.

Things to Do, Places to Visit:
Herefordshire Seed Swap, Saturday, 2nd February 10.00 am to 2.00 pm at the Courtyard, Hereford.  Please click on the link or speak to Marjan Bartlett-Freriks at the Gardening Club meeting for more information.
Shropshire Organic Gardeners Potato Fest, Saturday, 9th February 10.00 am to 3.00pm at Wattlesborough Village Hall, SY5 9DX – the Shrewsbury to Welshpool Road.
Transition Leominster seed swap Saturday, 9th February 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Leominster Priory.

Ivycroft Nursery, Ivington, open every Thursday in February, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, especially for snowdrops. Don’t forget to take your membership card as this entitles you to 10% off plants.

Cheltenham & District Orchid Society Annual Show Saturday 2nd March 2019, 10.30 am to 4.00 pm, see poster and voucher at February club night.

Late Extra from Wigmore
Thursday February 21st 2019 Wigmore and District Gardening Club Speaker
‘The Restoration of Capability Brown’s last garden at Berrington Court.’
Tonight we will hear from Ellie Jones, who works at National Trust Berrington Hall. The walled garden and pleasure grounds at Berrington are Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s last known masterpiece before his death in 1783. This project aims to conserve the rare curved section of the walled garden, reinstate the glasshouse and the original path network and planting. This will be a very interesting talk by an inspiring speaker. Venue: Wigmore Village Hall, HR6 9UW Cost: £2 for non-members, with membership being £5 per annum. All welcome. Contact Cathy Jones (07813) 733240 cathleenj2001@yahoo.co.uk for more details.

Next Meeting:


26th February – Stephen & Melanie Lloyd – Through the Seasons at Hergest Croft Gardens