NEWSLETTER on 25th FEBRUARY 2021

 

1. At last, things are beginning to look up. The bitter cold has gone, the sun has been shining and the spring bulbs are popping up everywhere and, in addition, we have a roadmap back to normality, albeit one with caveats attached. We will have to wait and see how the rollback of the restrictions unfolds in the stages but we are working on the assumption that the March to June talks will still be on Zoom and we hope that from July onwards, our programme can get back to normal which should include the Annual Show and the talk in October by our celebrity speaker, Pippa Greenwood. We will let you know about the trips, cream tea and NGS visits and if they can go ahead. The Plant Sale will go ahead in some form so please get planting and splitting, to be ready for mid-April to end-May – the more the better!

 

2. In February, we held the AGM remotely and with a confirmatory meeting over Zoom to report the results of the voting. It is pleasing to report that all the votes cast endorsed the current Committee to continue in office for another year as well as to invite John Foster to be our President and for Richard Davies to continue as the Independent Examiner of our accounts. Thank you for your endorsement!

 

3. The main part of the February Meeting was an illustrated talk by Paul Whittle on the Best of British. At a time when ‘staycation’ holidays are more likely than foreign travel, it was comforting to be reminded of some of the glorious countryside and what the UK has to offer. As I warned at the February Meeting, Louise has been juggling the dates of the talks so that those who can present on Zoom are scheduled for the early months of this year. The updated programme for the next 3 months is therefore as follows:

 

• Friday 5th March, a talk by Nancy Stevens on ‘High and Mighty – Tall Trees’ Do you want to know about the Tree of a Hundred Houses, the plight of Big Mike the banana, what have trees got to do with cheese or what trees featured 2 in 2001, A Space Odyssey? then join us for an illustrated talk by Nancy Stevens on Zoom. The Zoom link will open for members at 7.15, ready for a 7.45 talk.  If you know anyone who would like to join this talk, it will cost them either a guest entry for £4 or an Annual Membership fee of £6 and they are then full members for the rest of the year. They will need to make contact with Louise through the website in the first instance using https://www.wnhhorticlub.co.uk/contact

• Friday 2nd April, a talk by Mary Braddock about Finland and Norway Deepest winter to 24 hours summer sunlight and the different species of wildlife

• Friday 7th May, a talk by Sally Cunningham on Gardening - Whatever the Weather

 

4. In the papers about the AGM, you will recall that you were notified that subscriptions were due by the 1st March. So far, 51 members have paid and are therefore members for 2021. If you have not paid yet, please do so quickly so that the Club can continue to cover it’s running costs and you can continue to enjoy the benefits of the Club.  In addition, please do be on the lookout for any prospective new members – they are welcome to join at any time and details are on the website.

 

Best wishes and see you on the 5th March

David and Louise

07842 975145

 

NEWSLETTER on 17th NOVEMBER 2020

 

Dear Members,

 

Here we are again in the middle of the second lockdown when social meetings are banned. With this situation liable to be on/off till we all get vaccinated, last month the Club  purchased a Zoom licence and on the 6th November, we had a trial evening when our good friend and member Derek Dexter gave us a talk on Overwintering Fuschias. The talk was much appreciated by the 26 households who joined in. At the end, we said that we would be looking for a speaker for our evening on the 4th December.

 

Louise has spent some time looking for a special speaker and has come up with a brilliant one. His name is Matt Biggs who will be familiar to those who listen to Gardeners Question Time on Radio 4 and also those who follow the books that the RHS publish where he is one of their leading authors. Learn more about him on his website - http://matthewbiggs.com/  We first met him when he was a host on a Gardeners World Cruise that we went on 18 months ago. We spent 10 days in the company of both Matt and David Hurrian, visiting gardens and listening to formal talks as well as informal social gatherings. Both were witty and knowledgeable hosts as well as being excellent speakers - informative and entertaining. Matt will be talking about ‘The Wonder of Plants’. A resume´ of this talk is at the end of this Newsletter.

 

The link will open at 7.15pm on Friday 4th December and the presentation will start at 7.45. This link is only for members use and there is no charge for the evening. However, if others wish to join in, they can become a member of the Club for 2021 for the usual fee of £6 and get this presentation as a joining bonus. Please tell them to get in touch using the Contact page on the website  https://www.wnh-horticlub.co.uk/contact to sort out joining.

 

Attached again is the guide for joining a Zoom conference for those of you who have yet to take this step. Please contact us if you need any more help.

In addition, as a consolation for all the socials you have missed this year, we will have a Free Christmas Draw – one ticket allotted to each of the 2020 Club members and the prize will be a Christmas Hamper. This will be drawn at the end of the presentation on the 4th December.

In the run-up to Christmas, we will be holding an online competition for you to show your skills. The categories are as follows:

  1. A Homemade Wreath

  2. A Homemade Christmas Table Decoration

Prizes are on offer - £10 for first and £5 for second place in each category. One entry per household per class only! Photos must be sent in by 6.00pm on Friday 18th December to wnhhorticlub@gmail.com with judging and publication before Christmas. Please send them as an attachment if possible. Any caption is limited to 6 words. You have plenty of warning so we are looking forward to seeing what creations you can conjure up both for your own table and for your front door. Please let us know if you need any technical help with photographing and sending your pictures.

Keep safe and stay healthy!

 

 

The Wonder of Plants - Talk Resume

 

Have you ever wondered how cacti survive the extremes of the desert, how the ‘Venus Flytrap’ captures its prey or intricate orchid flowers are pollinated? This talk takes the opportunity to look closely at the complex survival mechanisms of plants and to marvel how they survive in extreme climates throughout the natural world.

You will be introduced to amazing plants from some of the world’s most extreme habitats, from the high-altitude Andes to the humid Amazon rainforest and arid American deserts. With the focus on plant pollination, he reveals the secrets of the ‘Giant Water Lily’ and the smallest waterlily in the world, the unusual diets of ‘carnivorous’ plants, survival strategies of cacti and much more.  There’s much more to the botanical world than meets the eye. Welcome to the wonderful world of plants!

 

 

John Foster Entry E
Magaret and David White Entry G
Jo Graham Entry F

NEWSLETTER ON 20TH APRIL 2021

 

Spring is really upon us, with some lovely warm days, but still the very cold nights with some nasty frosts. Last week, on Monday our magnolia was lovely but on Tuesday it had been hit by the frost:

 

Following the excellent meeting in April when Mary Braddock talked to us about the wildlife of Norway and Finland, our programme continues with the May talk, still on Zoom, on Friday 7th May, when Sally Cunningham will talk to us about ‘Gardening - Whatever the Weather’  

   

The Zoom link will open at 7.15, ready for a 7.45 talk. 

If you know anyone who would like to join this talk, it will cost them either a guest entry for £4 or an Annual Membership fee of £6 and they are then full members for the rest of the year. They will need to make contact with Louise through the website in the first instance using https://www.wnh-horticlub.co.uk/contact

 

The other important activity in May will be our Annual Plant Sale, to be held as planned on Saturday 15th May in the car park of the Black Prince Pub in the centre of New Haw. We will be open for business between 9 and 12 in the morning. This is important to the Club as it is our major annual fund-raising activity and you can help the Club in several ways:

 

  • You can come and buy your plants here – and encourage your friends and neighbours to come as well.

  • Bring plants for sale. These can be anything, either grown particularly for this event (perhaps a seed tray of cut and come again salad), something that you have split or a plant that is now surplus to your needs. Everything is welcome, big or small, fruit, vegetables, flowers, shrubs, but it MUST have a label, please.

  • Come and help on the sales table – between 9 and 11 in particular – no experience necessary! Please give us a ring or drop an email if you can help.

 

We will be set up, ready to receive your plants by about 8.30 and will need to lay out the plants on the stall before 9 o’clock so the closer to 8.30 you can bring your contributions, the better. We will go ahead, whatever the weather. If you are unable to bring things on the day and cannot find anyone else to help, please contact us in advance and we can arrange collection.

 

Membership continues to rise and is now up to 71. If you have not paid yet, please do so quickly so that the Club can continue to cover it’s running costs and you can enjoy the benefits of the Club. In addition, please do be on the lookout for any prospective new members – they are welcome to join at any time and details are on the website.

 

See you digitally on the 7th May and then (at last!) in person on Saturday 15th May at the Plant Sale

 

Best wishes

 

David and Louise

NEWSLETTER ON 22nd MAY 2021

 

 

We are well into spring now with its unpredictable weather. Last year was hot and dry, this year has gone from the driest April for many years to the wettest and coldest May I can recall – the thermometer says it is getting warmer but sweaters and coats are still an essential. However, the plants (and weeds) are growing well though several weeks later than usual.

 

 I am delighted to report that our first face-to-face activity since March 2020, the Annual Plant Sale on the 15th May, was a great success. We had more plants for sale, more customers and more helpers than ever before which led to three positive and rewarding outcomes:

 

  • A really good social atmosphere about the day – everybody was very cheerful and chatty, ensuring that we re-established our presence in New Haw again and

  • Lots of people were able to buy plants at competitive prices and

  • A very healthy income from the day of £701 which is some 40% above our previous record takings set in 2019. As a thank you to the Black Prince, we gave a donation of £25 to their charity (Macmillan). In addition, Louise is inviting donations for the left-over plants at the top of our drive and has raised £84.80 already giving a total of £760.80 into our funds.

 

A big thank you to all who helped or contributed to the day and made it such an enjoyable event, even with some unseasonable weather!

 

Following the meeting in May when when Sally Cunningham talked to us about ‘Gardening - Whatever the Weather’, our programme continues with the June talk, still on Zoom – hopefully for the last time - on Friday 4th June when Ben Pope will be giving a talk titled 'Treading Gently through the Borders'. You can see more about Ben Pope at https://www.theworkinggarden.com/  

   

The Zoom link will open at 7.15, ready for a 7.45 talk.

 

If you know anyone who would like to join this talk, it will cost them either a guest entry for £4 or an Annual Membership fee of £6 and they are then full members for the rest of the year. They will need to make contact with Louise through the website in the first instance using https://www.wnh-horticlub.co.uk/contact

 

We had hoped to have the usual fun Rose competition at this meeting but with the cold weather and nothing more than buds forming so far, there is no time to do it online. The next one will therefore be the Dahlia competition at our October meeting.

 

We are still waiting to hear from the National Trust about the group visits postponed from last year. We will be in touch as soon as they give any update.

 

Planning for our Annual Show, to be held on Sunday 5th September in Byfleet Village Hall, is well underway and the programme will be published shortly. It is open to all and we look forward to welcoming lots of your entries. It is an enjoyable day with a wide variety of categories to enter, including novice classes. Details will follow in due course.

 

Our next evening meeting is planned for Friday 1st October back in All Saints New Haw Church Hall when we will welcome our celebrity speaker, Pippa Greenwood. This event will be ticketed as we anticipate it will be very popular. Members, who have not already done so, will be able to buy their tickets for £7.50 for a limited period. The tickets will then be on sale for £10 as an online purchase. Details about this will be in next month’s Newsletter.

 

Best wishes

 

David and Louise