Newsletter – November 2021

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Our speaker for November is Paul Hand, who has spoken to us before, and this time it is on the subject of “Sack Trucks and Wheelbarrows”.

Your committee has decided to continue without refreshments until the start of 2022 but please feel free to bring your own.

Welcome to:
New members, Lynne Bradley from Richards Castle, Alison Coogan and Anne Sinclair from Ashford Bowdler, Jenny Jones from Yarpole and Sue Langley from Bircher.  You can see why we have the “and District” in our name!!

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

A Gardeners Hymn:
One of our members found a hymn on the web which he thought we may find amusing!  It is a bit too long for the Newsletter so Sue has put it on the website and you can find it under “news and views”

As we have already said the A.G.M. will be a little different this year.  The Club is going to supply wine, soft drinks and nibbles but would be grateful if you would bring your own glasses.

After the formal part of the meeting two of our August Show judges – David Griffiths and Maurice Bracher – are going to give some hints and tips about showing, especially as we are already working on the Schedule for next year – see below!

Sales tables:
All donations of plants gratefully received especially as you will have been taking cuttings and splitting plants.

We have already booked the Village Hall for our Plant Sale next year – 22nd May – so please carry on with the good work.

Gloves, etc:
The Sales Table has been restocked with gloves, vermiculite and replacement rootrainer cells and for those who weren’t able to come to last month’s meeting, we now have a stock of Charles Dowding 60 cell propagation trays.

Plenty of ideas for Christmas presents!!

As we said in the September newsletter, we have put together a questionnaire about the Show which is attached to the newsletter.
We have received a few replies and suggestions but please give some thought to answering the questionnaire and handing it is at either the November or December meeting.

If you would like to help with organising the Show, please see either Monica or Gill.

41st ANNUAL SHOW – 20TH AUGUST 2022:
The Floral Art classes for the show are as follows:
Class 75    Oriental Beauty – Open to your interpretation
Class 76    Summer Wreath – Using garden flowers and foliage only
Class 77    In a nutshell – Miniature arrangement, no more than 6” (15cm) wide and 8” (20cm) high
Class 78    Celebrating the Platinum Royal Jubilee – Accessories allowed
Class 79    Simple flowers for  a Breakfast Table – Beginners only

As announced in our September newsletter, along with organisations like the RHS, we are banning the use of floral foam from next year.

Monica now has a further supply of Marshalls catalogues and there are also more offers on their website.

Discounts for Marshalls are 50% off seeds, 20% off potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic and 10% off other items.
T&M catalogues have now arrived and their discounts are 50% off seeds and 20% off other items.

Pease note, T&M are now insisting that our first order must be over £100 after discount, so, the more you order, the sooner Monica will receive the goods and have your items available for collection.

Remember that to obtain the discounts from both companies, orders must be placed through Monica

We would encourage members to follow the latest government coronavirus guidance when attending club meetings (