Newsletter – September 2021

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Your Committee is looking forward to welcoming you back to the Hall for our first meeting of the autumn.  We have decided to continue without refreshments but will look at this again at the start of 2022.  So please feel free to bring your own.

In line with Government guidelines, feel free to continue with face masks and social distancing and we will ventilate the Hall to the best of our ability as we have found out that the windows are definitely screwed shut!


Our Speaker for September is Bob Brown on the subject of “So many plants, so little space” Bob founded Cotswold Garden Plants and if you have been a member as long as me, you will remember that if we had an outing to a garden in his area, our coach always found its way to his nursery and was suddenly full of plants!!


Considering the restrictions of the past 18 months, our August Show was a great success.  All three Judges – who are independent of the Club – were very impressed with the number and quality of the entries and, despite the lack of normal road side advertising and afternoon teas, we very happy with the number of visitors.

Our biggest disappointment was the lack of members entering!!  Only 19 out of the 94 members entered.

In our Show debrief we looked at ways to try and improve this in the future.  We didn’t realise how long ago it was that we have had judges attending our club nights to give tips and advice on how to enter the classes in the show so we are going to organise this again.

We are going to put together a questionnaire in the October and November newsletter about the future of the Show and the final decisions will be made at the AGM in December.

Our Judge, David Griffiths, always says don’t pre-judge and we think this is what happened this year because of the very difficult growing season as we had the lowest number of entries for a number of years. 


This section was the complete opposite to the vegetables in that we had the highest number of entries since our records began in 2007.  Also, our Judge, Maurice said it was the highest standard he can remember.

He has made a couple of comments in that he would like to remind entrants that his decision is final!  He has also made some suggestions about Classes in this section which we will discuss at the next committee meeting. 

Just to say that Monica, having just been on a Gardeners’ World Magazine visit to Somerset Gardens, took the opportunity to discuss the subject with David Hurrion – Associate Editor of the magazine and RHS judge on Cut Flowers and he and Maurice are of the same opinion on Class 39.

So, look out for updates to the classes and hints in the Schedule!


Although there were fewer entries in this section this year, our Judge Sarah was very complimentary about the entries and you will all have received individual feedback in the form of her written notes.

One decision we have already made for next year is that we are, along with organisations like the RHS, banning the use of floral foam from next year.


Whilst the Club has just had its 40th Annual Show, our records for the Banksian Medal only start in 1999 but congratulations to Trisha Clanzy-Hodge for equalling Ann Pickering’s record of three wins of the Banksian Medal.

The Trophies have been engraved so will be available for collection on Club night or by arrangement with Monica for collection from her home.

Finally, many thanks to Marjan for all her help over the last couple of years on the Show sub-committee as she has decided to stand down.  So, if you are interested in seeing the Show continue and would like to help, please see Monica or Gill.


We are delighted to announce that we are once again able to hold the annual Club Lunch.  This will take place at The Fountain Inn, Tenbury Wells on Sunday 14th November. There is plenty of space and we would like to remind you that friends are welcome, too.  Menus and the booking form are available on the web, or contact a committee member if you don’t have access to the web.


Our speakers on the 26th October are Jill and Richard Rallings on the subject of “Five centuries of women gardeners”