ODGC Newsletter – January 2020

Click here for printable version

Happy New Year and with the start of the Gardening Club year, please remember we are reverting to our old timings.

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, and the evening finishing at the same time as in previous years.

Welcome To:
New members Rose and David Lofty from Shobdon

Thanks To:
Maggie Jennings and Jane Turvey for providing the refreshments this month. Would volunteers please remember to bring 2 pints of milk and 3 packs of biscuits, also 2 or 3 tea towels.  The club will reimburse up to £3.00 for milk and biscuits (please see Gail Scott).  If the tea or coffee needs replacing, please let a member of the committee know or if you buy these, please see Gail for reimbursement.


Don’t Forget:

  • Tonight’s speaker is Sam Davies on “Self sufficiency in 2020”
  • 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 as it includes your refreshments!! Please see Lorraine Munn and Sue Brown (in the small hall)  to renew and will those who paid at the AGM remember to collect your 2020 card.
    Please allow extra time to renew your membership before the speaker starts. 
  • Please remember that cheques must be made payable to ODGC or Orleton and District Gardening Club as these are the only form of payee that the Bank will accept. It would be helpful to have your cheques written in advance.
  • Also separate cheques are required for membership and / or outings   

Considering the weather on the night, the 2019 A.G.M. saw very good turnout and the official part of it saw your existing committee re-elected, with one small change.  David has stood down as Treasurer and Gail has officially taken over.
So the Committee is as follows:

Chairman:                              Nick Russell
Treasurer:                              Gail Scott
Vice Chairman:                     Peter Furneaux
Secretary:                              Monica Todd
Committee Members:          Christine Berry
                                                Jane Cross
                                                David Davies

We also welcomed one new committee member:     Ghi Arundale

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

Programme Secretary:       Gill Macefield
Membership Secretary:      Lorraine Munn
Webmaster                          Sue Brown

As Diane Howell-Thomas had advised the committee that she would be standing down from organising the tea and cakes at both the Plant Sale and the August Show, as a thank you Nick presented her with a bouquet of flowers.

Marshalls and Unwins catalogues:

New season Marshalls and the Unwins Sweet Pea and flower catalogues are available tonight, please see Ghi Arundale for your copy.  If you wish to place an order, please post to Monica at Arrow Heights, Leominster, HR6 8QE to arrive by 7th February.


Monica has been clearing out a bed and has dug up lots of Alliums (Purple Sensation and Christophii – mixed)  and they will be brought to club night for anyone who would like them.  They are bare rooted, so we suggest you come prepared with bags to put them in.

Colesbourne Snowdrops:

There are still a few places left on the coach for our outing on the 13th February.  Please see Gill if you would like to come along.


Things to do, places to visit:

The Big Herefordshire Seed Swap and Potato Day, Saturday, 1st February 10.00 am to 2.00 pm at the Courtyard, Hereford.  

Shropshire Organic Gardeners Potato Fest, Saturday, 8th February 10.00 am to 3.00pm at Wattlesborough Village Hall, SY5 9DX  – the Shrewsbury to Welshpool Road. 

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.

Next Meeting:
25th February – Michael Marriott on the “Wonderful World of Roses”