In these times when local clubs are struggling to survive, (sadly the Great Rollright Club has had to close down), we are invited to support other clubs nearby.
On Wednesday 28th February the Long Compton Garden Club have a talk by Robert Longstaff, who along with his wife runsThe Oxford Garden Project from their 1.5 acre site in Longworth.
They aim to teach the skills needed to complete the food cycle from 'plot to plate'.
Robert is going to discuss 'Propagation - cuttings, plant division, sowing and composts' based on his experience of organic and 'no dig' gardening. Robert will also have some small succulent plants for sale so please bring some cash if you think you might be tempted!
The Long Compton Garden Club meets in Long Compton Village Hall at 7.30pm (or a few minutes earlier if you'd like a cuppa before the start.
On Wednesday 13th March the Sibford Horticultural Society have a talk byTom Duncan about Mount Stewart, Politics and Plants. This is an extraordinary stately home in Northern Ireland. (They will also be holding a brisk AGM before the talk).
Doors open at Sibford Village Hall at 7.00pm for refreshments and a warm welcome back after the winter break.
The talk will start at 7.30pm.
It would be great if some of our members can attend these talks. I am sure you will be given a warm welcome.
A cold frosty January evening saw the hall full with members and visitors keen to hear all about bulbs of the Cotswolds and we were not disappointed. Walter Sawyer took us through the year with photographs and handy hints for which bulbs to grow and how to grow them successfully, leavings us full of enthusiasm to get planting and growing.
The talk on Wednesday March 20th will be by Paul Williams: Bourton House Gardens, in the Methodist Hall from 7.30.
The CNHA December meeting was a fun quiz and social evening when everyone brought a plate of food to share.
As we move into the new year we are busy looking forward to a selection of talks and hopefully some drier weather to enjoy our gardens, allotments and visiting other gardens.
The photo shows Paul Embden, chair, presenting Eileen with a planted container as a thank you for all her hard work as secretary over many years.
We look forward to welcoming Sandra as new secretary at our next meeting.
January's meeting will be on Wednesday 17th at 7.30 in the Methodist Hall where Walter Sawyer will talk about Bulbs of the Cotswolds.
Around 50 members and visitors attended the AGM and evening talk of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association in November. All officers and committee of the association were re-elected and a new secretary Sandra Morris was appointed. Sandra will be taking up the appointment as soon as the hand-over can be arranged. A presentation was made to the retiring secretary by the chairman Paul Embden during the evening.
JezTaylor from Daylesford gave a very enlightening and interesting talk on the organic vegetable gardens at Daylesford - and the work that he and a group of gardeners have to do to maintain enough produce throughout the year, for sale and the guests that visit Daylesford.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
The December Christmas evening on the 13th in the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 will be a picture quiz evening, followed by Christmas refreshments.
All details of meetings and contact details can be found on this website
The first meeting of the CNHA in October was very wet, but a very good number of regulars, new members and visitors attended to hear Bob Brown give a very interesting talk.
We were all sorry to learn of the passing of one of our number, Wendy Sumners a few weeks ago. She had served on the committee for the past 12 years and was a very faithful and hard worker supporting all we did. She will be greatly missed.
Our next meeting on Wednesday 15th November will start at 7.15 with the AGM followed by our speaker Jez Taylor at 7.30 in the Methodist Hall.
Please support this meeting. Details here or from the secretary on 643275.
The Chipping Norton Horticultural Association will commence their autumn/winter season on Wednesday 18th at 7.30 in the Methodist Church Hall, West Street.
The speaker will be Bob Brown from Badsey - his topic is "Too many plants, too little space."
I think this topic will interest many of us keen gardeners as this tends to be one of our problems!!
We do welcome new members to our monthly meetings, also former members who may like to rejoin.
It's not too late to pay the subscription on the night when you will receive a membership card giving details of future meetings and speakers, also discount at several garden centres in the area when you show your card.
All details on our websitewww.cnha.uk or from the secretary Eileen Forse on 01608 643275.
The autumn/winter season of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association concluded in April with a visit from Christine Ramsey from Icomb.
Christine gave a very interesting demonstration on how we can arrange flowers and foliage from our own gardens, using differing shapes and sizes of containers we already have.
During May, on a rather cold but dry Saturday morning, we held a plant sale at the front of the Methodist Church, all plants were raised and collected from members and friends' gardens. The plants were of high quality and sold at reasonable prices - helpers left rather cold but delighted to have raised just over £300 for the association funds.
Very many thanks to all the helpers, suppliers of plants and purchasers for making the morning so successful.
If you have missed renewing your membership, or wish to join, it is not too late. Please make contact with Emma Bayley (membership secretary) or Eileen Forse (secretary 643275) and arrangements can be made.
All details of our next season's programme are here on our website.
Next season's programme starts on Wednesday 18th October with Bob Brown from Badsey as our speaker.
The last meeting of the winter/ spring programme of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association will take place during April but this doesn't mean that gardeners can "take it easy" - there will still be plenty for us all to do. With a little more sunshine, hopefully during April, and the fact that we had a fair quantity of rain during March, the gardens will be ready for us all to get busy!
If you need more plants for your gardens, why not come and see what "treasures" you can find on our plant stall which we are holding on Saturday 13th May from 9.30 - 12noon outside the Methodist Church in West Street or if you should have spare plants to give away, we will be happy to take them - just let the secretary know, Eileen Forse 01608 643275, and we can arrange transport if necessary.
All details of the 2023/ 24 programme are available to view on here
On a cold and wet March evening, the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association met in the Methodist Church Hall for their penultimate meeting of the autumn/winter season. The speakerwas Richard Harvey from Brockworth. He delighted members and friends with beautiful photographs he had taken, illustrating his talk on "Cotswold and Gloucestershire Gardens,"- as we look forward to the warm, sunny days ahead (we hope!!), when we can explore the countryside around us.
Our next meeting at 7.30 on Wednesday 19th April, Christine Ramsey's (Icomb) talk is entitled
"Sustainable Flower Arranging" - all welcome (including gentlemen!)
Advance notice to all who may have spare plants and enjoy sowing seed or may need plants.
The CNHA are holding a plant sale on Saturday 13th May outside the Methodist Church and would welcome contributions and purchasers - more details next month, on this website or by phoning the secretary Eileen Forse 01608 643275.
Craig Blackwell was the guest speaker at the February meeting of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association - his topic was Flowers of the Cotswolds. Craig gave a very lively and interesting talk, very much involving the audience in the presentation and showing a large selection of pictures of wild flowers, many found in and around Chippy. The membership and many visitors thoroughlyenjoyed the evening.
The March speaker will be Richard Harvey (Brockworth), his topic will be "Cotswold and Gloucestershire Gardens".
This meeting will be held at 7.30 in the Hall at the Chipping Norton Methodist Church.
At the March/ April meetings we will be collecting the subscriptions of £15 for the coming season, which will run through until the end of September 2024 - this change will bring subscriptions into line with the start of our financial year.
Your membership cards will show this change so you will still be able to use them at garden centres for discounts on some purchases during the summer of 2024.
All details from the secretary Eileen Forse 01608 643275.
The Chipping Norton Horticultural Association were delighted to welcome a very good number of members, new members and visitors to their January meeting on a rather cold evening.
The speaker, Nick Mottram was very well received as he spoke on "Planning for Nature." He outlined how Oxfordshire is involved in planning for the future and how different areas concerned have to co-operate and work together for the future of our area and the planet.
The theme will be continued at our meeting on Wednesday February 15th at 7.30 in the Chipping Norton Methodist Hall, when Craig Blackwell (C/N) will speak on "Flowers of the Cotswolds."
Visitors welcome - £5 per head
For details see this website
or from the secretary Eileen Forse 643275.
The November meeting of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association AGM was a very wet evening but we were heartened that so many felt they could support the meeting. All officers and committee members were re-appointed for another year.
Clive Rand was the speaker after the AGM. - this was entitled "The work of the Chipping Norton Green Gym." Showing pictures of some of the work of the group in several areas in and around the town, he outlined the problems that they encounter and they would love to see more people join the team.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 14th December at 7.30 in the Methodist Church Hall - the speaker will be a return visit of Rob Jacobs of Chipping Norton - "A year behind the scenes at Waterperry Gardens." Christmas refreshments will be served at the close of the evening.
For more details see this website www.cnha.uk
or from the secretary Eileen Forse 643275.
The middle of October saw the start of the autumn/winter season for the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association. There was an extremely good turn out, with new members and visitors. It was good to meet back together after a rather frustrating summer, when crops were poor because of the dry weather.
A return visit of Timothy Walker formerly from the Oxford Botanic Gardens, gave a varied and interesting talk, with ideas on how to plan and maintain the borders through the seasons.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 16th November in the Methodist Church hall starting at 7.15 with ashort AGM followed by a local speaker, Clive Rand who will speak on "The work of the Chipping Norton Green Gym."
All details can be found on our website
or by phoning the secretary Eileen Forse on 01608 643275
The Chipping Norton Horticultural are looking forward to the start of the autumn/winter programme.
Appropriate with the changing of the season, a return visit of Tim Walker from Oxford's talk will be "Bordering on Insanity -creating an all-year-round border". All meetings are held at the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 - the first is on Wednesday 19th October. It is not too late for members who have forgotten to renew their membership for this year - £15 p.a. and new members are always welcome, just come along to our first meeting.
The day of our September trip to RHS Wisley, started dull and overcast but as we arrived it turned into a glorious, hot summer's day. Members and friends enjoyed a great day out with all really enjoying the day as they toured the fairly extensive grounds which are in perfect condition and full of a vast collection of trees, shrubs and flowers. A great ending to our summer season.
All details of forthcoming speakers and events can be found here
also pictures and updates of events over the years
or by calling the secretary Eileen Forse 01608 643275.
The planned summer days out continued as planned for the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association - to the NEC for the Gardener's World Live event in June and in July to the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas. The weather was perfect for both days and although numbers were down pre-covid - members and friends enjoyed the visits.
On Wednesday September 14th a visit to RHS Wisley is now being booked (at the time of writing a few places remain.)
The autumn/winter programme is in place -
the first meeting is on Wednesday 19th October -
more details next month or see here
or by phoning the secretary, Eileen Forse 643275
The final meeting of the winter season for the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association was a very successful evening. Numbers were a little on the low side but those who came thoroughly enjoyed the quiz evening led by our chairman Paul Embden.
We held a Plant Sale at the end of April and were delighted with the lovely sunny weather, the quality of plants and the amount we raised. We thank all who gave plants and those who purchased.
The summer days out are now planned. Requests for places to the NEC Birmingham to the Gardener's World Live have now closed but there are still places available for July to the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas and September to the RHS Wisley. More details here or by contacting the secretary Eileen Forse on 643275.
Members of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association were saddened to learn at the start of their March meeting, of the passing of John Grantham who had been our president and a great supporter for over 20 years until his retirement in 2015. We offer our sympathy to his widow and family.
A good number gathered to hear Victoria Logue from Cheltenham give a very knowledgeable and interesting talk on the "Highs and Lows of Growing Vegetables."
Membership subscriptions for the 2022/23 season are now due and can be paid in April or sent to the membership secretary. Details of summer day's out are now available.
A very colourful picture quiz evening will be held at the last meeting of the season on 20th April at 7.30 in the Methodist Hall. A plant sale is planned for Saturday 30th April at the front of the Methodist Church 9.30-12 noon - for association funds. All details can be found on this website or from the secretary Eileen Forse 643275.
The February meeting of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association was a wet and very blustery evening as members met to hear the speaker Roger Naumann, to whom we are very grateful as he was able to step-in at short notice.
His talk was entitled "Growing up and working with Organics" - he spoke about his early years growing up on his parents farm - helping with all the tasks and how this led to his interest in horticulture and organics.
At the March meeting on Wednesday 16th at 7.30 in the Methodist Church lower hall, annual subscriptions of £15 will be collected and new membership cards issued - this entitles the card holder to receive a discount at several Garden Centres. The speaker at this meeting will be Victoria Logue (Cheltenham) - "Highs and Lows of Growing Vegetables."
The January meeting of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association was cold and dry with a good number of members present.
At very short notice, John Taylor of Chippy agreed to speak at this meeting on "Snowdrops". We are very grateful to John for stepping in - his presentation was well received - he spoke on the difference in the varieties, height of the plants and the formation of the flowers - he had learnt a lot about snowdrops from his late father-in-law.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 16th February in the Lower Hall of the Methodist Church. Due to Covid, we are experiencing speakers having to cancel their visits to us - at the moment we cannot say who the speaker will be but come along, we will still be holding our usual meeting. When known, we will add the details here
Or contact the secretary Eileen Forse 643275.
Chipping Norton Horticultural Association held their AGM at the start of their November meeting and were very heartened with the number of members attending since we re-started in October.
The chairman, Terry Bartholomew, had asked to step down from this position and Paul Embden was unanimously elected. The secretary expressed the association's thanks to Terry for the past three years that he had held this position. All officers and members of the committee were re-elected for another year.
Due to the rising costs of speakers and their travelling expenses, the meeting agreed to increase the annual subscription to £15 - this would take effect from April 2022.
The speaker for the evening was Andy Howard from Adderbury who gave a very full and interesting talk, packed full of information on "Fruit with flavour."
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday December 16th at 7.30 in the Methodist Church. The speaker will be Harriett Rycroft, Oxfordshire - "Pottie Time - tips and ideas for keeping containers looking good all year." Light Christmas refreshments will be served at the end of the evening.
For further details call the secretary Eileen Forse on 643275.
Chipping Norton Horticultural Association restarted meetings during October after missing the whole of 2020/21 winter season because of restrictions.
Members who were able and happy to return (although all 18 months older since we last met in February 2020!!) were delighted to hear our member Paul Embden give an enlightening and colourful evening on "Garden wildlife - a gardener's story."
The next meeting will be held in the Methodist Church on Wednesday 18th November and commence at 7.15 with our AGM followed at 7.30 by our speaker Andy Howard from Adderbury on "Fruit with flavour (apples, pears and other fruits)."
All details on our website or from the secretary Eileen Forse 643275.
The day started rather overcast as members and friends of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association boarded a coach for their September day out. The day improved and became hot and sunny as we toured the beautiful gardens of Coton Manor, Northamptonshire. The borders were a blaze of colour and in perfect condition despite the rain of the previous day.
We couldn't have wished for a better day for our last trip of the season.
The autumn/winter programme commences on Wednesday 20th October at 7.30 and this will be held in the Methodist Church.
Our member Paul Embden has kindly agreed to speak at this meeting due to the arranged speaker being unable to attend. Paul's topic will be
"Garden Wildlife - a Gardener's Story."
Some covid restrictions could still be in operation - but we would like all our members who feel able to attend, will feel safe and happy to return after such a long break.
All details on our website or from the secretary Eileen Forse 643275.
The two planned summer days out by the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association to the Bishop's Palace, Wells and Ashwood Nurseries and John's Garden have taken place - the weather was glorious (almost too hot). Members and friends had two enjoyable days - pleased to be able to get out and about again after so long - although numbers were down on previous years.
Another day out is planned for the 15th September to Coton Manor, Northamptonshire and at the time of writing there are still a few places available
The committee has met and agreed to cautiously re-start our monthly meetings on Wednesday 20th October at 7.30 in the Methodist Church (not downstairs, in the hall.) The speaker will be Helen Schofield from Bath - "Plant Hunters (how did they get there)." All members welcome but at the moment we do not feel able to open the meeting to visitors. We will be following the latest Methodist Covid rules. For further details visit this website or contact the secretary, Eileen Forse on 01608 643275.
Apart from working in their gardens, members and friends of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association still have been unable to meet in person unless meeting another member shopping or out walking.
By the time the Chippy News is published for July, we (hopefully) will have had our first trip of the season to the Bishop's Palace, Wells. Plans are afoot for a visit to Ashworth Nurseries and John's Garden, West Midlands during July (subject to covid restrictions.) We are hoping we will be able to take more by then.
Pictures for our website gallery can be sent to - email@example.com
Chipping Norton Horticultural Association members and friends are looking forward to the first summer visit in June to the Bishop's Palace, Wells (subject to covid restrictions being lifted as planned.)
We are restricted in numbers that can travel, so this time only half the usual number can participate.
We have been heartened by enquiries via our website from keen gardeners interested in joining us.
All details for proposed future plans can be found on the website or by telephoning the secretary Eileen Forse 01608 643275.
Members of the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association are looking forward to the summer months - getting into their gardens and with the prospects of summer days out with the association. Two visits are planned in June and July, of course with covid restrictions in mind and the lockdown easing mid summer, we are hoping this will be possible. Arrangements are in hand to visit the Bishop's Palace, Wells and Ashwood Nurseries and John's Garden, Kinver.
We continue to add your photographs to our website - these can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- also next season's speakers are announced and full details of our days out can be found.
Further details also from the secretary Eileen Forse 01608 643275.
The membership cards for the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association for the 2021/22 season have now been issued and delivered -
any member who has not received one, please contact the secretary.
With the lock-down due to end during the summer, I have been looking into arranging a few days out before the summer passes us by.
I will be getting in touch after Easter with members and friends who have supported us over the years.
Please continue to send in your pictures for our website where you can also see what is planned for the coming months:
Martin Freeman at email@example.com
Further details also from the secretary Eileen Forse 643275.
At the time of writing this report, with restrictions still in place, the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association unfortunately have been unable to meet for their monthly winter meetings. We should have been collecting subscriptions and issuing membership cards at this time of year, but the committee has decided all who paid their £10 last year will have a free year for 2021/22. We will be issuing new membership cards with the proposed programme for next winter's meetings - this will also be a valid card for discount at garden centres.
Until we know the government's plans for future months, we are unable to offer any summer days out at present. Details and any changes will be posted here and found in the Chippy News or by phoning the secretary
Eileen Forse 643275
The Chipping Norton Horticultural Association is still in "hibernation" at present unfortunately but like most clubs and organisations health and safety of our members is paramount.
We are continuing to add your photographs to our website, so please look out for items of interest on your daily health walks and let Martin Freeman have your pictures.
As the days get longer and the weather warmer we will be able to get into our gardens - which if you are like me - will be a great tonic for us all.
I have been heartened with interest shown by keen gardeners moving into the area making contact with me - so if you wish to hear more about us contact me, Eileen Forse (secretary) on 643275 for more information.
At the time of writing we have just gone into another lock-down which for clubs and society is very devastating news. Last year, the Chipping Norton Horticultural Association had hoped that by early 2021 we would have been able to plan the way ahead for future months, for monthly meetings and summer days out, but this is not possible at present. We will endeavour to keep in touch with members either by email or letter.
As our seed planting time approaches and we need supplies, Applegarth will be operating the sale of seeds etc., accepting orders by phone or email (641642 or firstname.lastname@example.org) as with the last lock-down, to collect from the car park or for delivery - as I am sure other garden centres will be offering similar systems.
We all still very much need our gardens!!
Keep safe and happy gardening.