The 2015/16 season commenced last October with our monthly indoor meetings and has again been another busy year.
John Grantham, who has chaired our AGM and special meetings over the past 40 years felt he should stand down earlier this year. We are sorry to loose him. The committee members signed a card and a token of our thanks in the form of garden vouchers was enclosed. The secretary received a message of thanks from John.
The speakers have been well received and the topics very varied – this year we had three new speakers, three “old friends” and a new venture – a “gardener’s question time.” Members and friends submitted gardening problems and the panel made up of members Linda Souch, Elisabeth Morland, Reg Cornish, Rob Howard with Stephen Bywater in the chair, proved to be a very successful evening.
Two half day and two full day trips were arranged; one being to everyone’s favourite – Meadow Farm garden and nursery, the pride and joy of Rob and Diane Cole. The others were Buscot, Avebury Manor and Croome Park - all NT properties.
The walled garden at Croome (only recently opened to the public) was enjoyed by all who visited it.
A profit of £80 was made and this has been passed to our treasurer for our general funds.
The paid-up membership stands at 75 at present.
We received our usual gift of £50 from the Batsford Foundation. This is sent to us to help off-set the cost of speakers.
To help with the expenses of speakers, insurance and hire of this hall we have a sales table at most meetings and continue to have a plant sale at the C/N Town festival – this raised £294 this year.
Many thanks to all who supplied and purchased plants and helped in any way.
Around 6/8 members and friends continue to help with the garden at Abbeyfield during the summer/autumn season. This year four of us have also spent time tidying the garden at the front of Beech Haven care home, adding spare plants we have to the borders.
Our Special Event (celebrating around one hundred and sixty years of a gardening organisation in the town) held in the Town Hall this last September with Tony Russell as our guest speaker, proved to be very successful. A good number of members were joined by visitors from surrounding societies and clubs. Tony spoke for well over an hour but held our attention with his lively delivery of the history of gardening and the stunning pictures he has taken.
Thank you to the committee for your continued support, and to you, members and friends for your support at meetings, trips and the plant sale.
Paula Mitchell (chairman)
Eileen Forse (secretary)