Highlights since the new millennium
In October 2006 the association had a special evening in the Town Hall when the writer and broadcaster, Chris Beardshaw spoke to a capacity crowd, and very much enjoyed by all.
December 2007 again in the Town Hall the farewell presentation took place on the retirement of Bill and Wendy Turner who had been involved in the work of the association for over 30 years. Slides were shown of the work of the association, the Chipping Norton Silver Band entertained and refreshments were served to members, former members and friends.
CNHA sponsored an “Open Gardens” in August 2008 when visitors were invited to visit 9 gardens in the town. The money raised (over £1000) was in aid of the Lawrence Home Nursing (LHN) team.
Joe Swift, writer and broadcaster spoke at a special event in September 2009 in the Town Hall. The hall was almost full and he was well received.
The association helped at the open garden of the late Dr. Peter Mond in aid of the LNH team, in 2012.
The association has taken part in the Methodist Christmas tree festival; had plant stalls at the Town Festivals and promoted its work at the “Organisations Days.” During the summer months a group have a “working party” at Abbeyfield, Chadlington helping to keep the gardens pleasant for the residents.
Members and friends enjoy visits to large and small gardens and houses by coach and locally by car during the summer months. Two visits to Highgrove, the home of HRH Prince Charles, have taken place in 2004 and 2010.
We meet monthly (7 meetings), during the winter months at the Chipping Norton Methodist Church hall the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm., visitors are always welcome.
We are now looking forward to another special event which will take place on Wednesday 21st. September 2016. This is to celebrate over 150 years of gardening in Chipping Norton. This will be in the Town Hall and the guest speaker will be writer and broadcaster Tony Russell now living in North Wales but formerly of Westonbirt, Gloucestershire. See programme for further details and his biography.
A quote from the chairman of the 2002 AGM, John Grantham:
“The association has had many “up’s and down’s” but as it is one of the oldest in Chipping Norton he hoped it would continue.”