ODGC Newsletter – October 2018

We must start this month’s newsletter with many thanks to all those who helped make our Christine Walkden evening such a success, from the people who helped set up and clear the Hall, to those stewarding and selling raffle tickets, to those providing and clearing up the refreshments – you are all too numerous to mention!
Those of you who came along on the evening will know we are following this up next year with Nick Bailey, so we will be looking for your help again!

Thanks to:

Val Gisbourne, Michelle Parry, Diane Russell and Rosie Stamford for volunteering to provide the refreshments tonight and to those of you who help with the setting up and clearing up of the Hall.

Don’t forget this evening is a little different! The evening will consist of several rounds of questions on different topics for members to answer. The topics for the rounds could be Fruit and Vegetables, Garden History and Gardening Practices, Garden Science, Plant Propagation.

At the end of each round, Rachel will give a short talk on the gardening topic of the round.

November Lunch:

The menu and form has been sent out, so just a gentle reminder that we are going to the Riverside and numbers are restricted to 45. Don’t forget to hand in your menu choices to Peter tonight or by post by the 9th November. Remember places are on a first come basis.

Seed Orders:

Marshalls, Unwins and T&M catalogues will be available tonight. Don’t forget, if you want to take advantage of the discounts being offered to the Club by these suppliers then the orders must be placed through Monica. The discounts are the same as in previous years:
Marshalls: 50% on all seeds, 20% on all potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic and 10% on all young plants, fruit trees, soft fruit and gardening equipment.

T&M: 50% on all seeds, 20% on everything else. You will notice that the T&M catalogue is a lot smaller than normal! This is because they want you to look at their website and their discounts now apply to EVERYTHING on there, just put the product number from the website on the order form.

With both companies, we have already exceeded the minimum qualifying orders.

AGM – 18th December – your Club needs you!

If you would like ODGC to keep thriving and would like to be part of our friendly and lively team keeping your Club running smoothly (we hope!) then we have vacancies. The existing members of the Committee are happy to continue to stand (if you want them to!)

Whilst we have a volunteer for Book Keeper, we still have a vacancy for a Membership Secretary. We would like this person to become a committee member but it would not be a problem if they could not attend every committee meeting but they must be able to use Excel and must be able to attend Club nights, especially January and February, these are must for membership renewals.

We could also do with one or two other people to join us as we sometimes have problems having a quorum at meetings!!
Nomination forms are available from Monica, and should be sent to her by the 4th December (or handed, this evening or next month, to any other current committee member). We meet over tea and biscuits usually on a Monday afternoon, once a month, generally the week preceding the club meetings.

The Minutes of last year’s AGM are on the notice board this month and next month.

Web Site:

At the time of writing we can report that the new web site is very nearly ready to go live. We have had a few more delays than we bargained for, but hopefully we will know more by Tuesday evening. Watch this space …. for just a little bit longer.

August Show:

Following the success of the 2018 Show, your new subcommittee – Gill Macefield, Marjan Barrtlett-Freriks, Mel Flory and Monica Todd have already starting planning the August 2019 Show.
A few changes have already been agreed. Perry will be added to the cordial section and Open Craft will be deleted and replaced by an Open Cookery class in the hope of encouraging more non-members to take part.

Plant stall:

Don’t forget donations always gratefully received and this includes excess produce.

Next Meeting – 27th November
The speaker is Jonathan Briggs on Mistletoe