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WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

NEWSLETTER ON  20th MAY 2023

The Plant Sale was a great success and delighted to report that the takings on the day continued the annual upward trend being £755.17, some 7% up on last year. A big thank you to all who took part, be it on the day itself or by donating plants to sell.  The plants left, and there were not that many of them, were offered at the top of our driveway for this last week, raising another £63 in donations and what was then left, plus some extras, were given to All Saints Church for their May Fayre Plant Stall so no waste and a big boost to our funds!

 

The May meeting with Dr Peter Herring talking about 'Fascinating Fungi - friend or foe?'was well attended and interesting. The mini-show on indoor plants attracted a smaller number of entries than usual. The results were as follows:

 

Class 1 – Foliage Pot Plants

  • 1st Lynne Moore

  • 2nd Rupert Lambert

  • 3rd Linda Salt

 

Class 2: Flowering Pot Plants

  • 1st David Ashdown

 

 Our thanks to Jo who kindly judged the entries for us.

 

The June meeting is on Friday 2nd June when our own Malcolm Stewart will be telling us about Bonsai - Aspects of Japanese Gardening (and other related random bits!) There will be a donations table and jigsaw swop table as usual.  Melissa will be there with her conserves (do bring back any empty jars) and refreshments are included in the entry fee of £4 for members and £5 for visitors. As this is now the right season, the refreshments will include a glass of Pimms and a bowl of strawberries and cream to set the mood for summer!

 

The mini show topic for June is a larger one with 4 Classes and a Top Vase class. The details are as follows:

 

Class 1:  A vase of mixed annual flowers

Class 2:  A vase of shrub material grown for foliage effect

Class 3: A vase of 5 rose stems

Class 4: A Coronation Display to include flowers and a basket – no other limitations.

 

Top Vase - The Top Vase class, sponsored by Bourne Valley Garden Centre is for a vase of mixed flowering stems containing a total of between five and ten stems, taken from a minimum of two different kinds of plants. Please note that it is two different KINDS of plants; two varieties of the same plant are NOT two kinds. No accessories will be allowed. Foliage, which is growing naturally from the flowering stem, and still attached to that stem, is allowed.

​You may enter 2 exhibits in each class. The small hall will be open from 6.45 until the meeting starts at 7.45 for staging of your entries. When you arrive, please check in with the Show Manager, Rupert Lambert who will direct you the correct table and assign numbers to your entries. There will be prizes for the top 3 entrants in each class.

 

Outings this Summer

The Wakehurst trip is on Thursday 15th June as planned. We have a large coach and there are still places available - please see or contact Louise as soon as possible if you find you are now able to go. Depart from the Institute Car Park at 9 o’clock. Details will be circulated beforehand.

The trip to the Shamley Wood Estate, under the auspices of the NGS Scheme, is on Thursday 13th July, meeting there at 2pm. We have done the recce and a route map will be prepared and distributed beforehand. Again, please let Louise know if are now able to go and haven’t yet booked your place. If you need a lift there, please let us know and we will see what can be arranged.

Visitors are welcome on both trips – just add £1/head as temporary membership for insurance purposes.

 

NEWSLETTER ON  28th APRIL 2023

 

Dear Members,

 

Hope you are now well into to planting, splitting etc, for your own garden remembering to put aside extras to sell at our Club Plant Sale which is now only 2 weeks away. Do ensure that everything is labelled so the buyer on the 13th May knows what they are buying! You may recall people asking last year about bedding plants and anything in flower, if it helps you decide what you could offer to the sale.

 

The April meeting with Ben Cross talking about British Alstroemerias and the Cut Flower Industry was entertaining and informative as well as thought-provoking. The stems he had for sale are still lasting in bloom here. Included in the evening was the second of our mini shows, the topic being knitting - a hand-made toy or novelty item. The results were as follows:

  • 1st Janet Brian

  • 2nd Louise Clubley

  • 3rd Georgina Ibata

 

 Our thanks to Nicki who kindly judged the entries for us again this year.

 

The May meeting is on the 5th May when Dr Peter Herring with be helping us decide if fascinating fungi are friend or foe

This month, there will not be a donations table or jigsaw swop as we are away so do save your stuff for the June meeting.  Melissa will be there with her conserves (do bring back any empty jars) and refreshments are included in the entry fee of £4 for members and £5 for visitors. The mini show topic for May is pot plants for which entries are invited for two classes:

Class 1 - Flowering Pot Plants

Class 2 - Foliage Pot Plants.

 Please bring your pot plants and check-in with Rupert who will register and show you where to leave your entries. There will be prizes for the top 3 entrants in each class.

 

Plant Sale Details. Our Annual Plant Sale will run from 9.00 until 12.00 on Saturday 13th May in the Black Prince car park in the centre of New Haw. This is our major fund-raising event of the year and you can support it in several ways:

  • Come and buy from a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, flowers, pots etc. On hand will be experts who can provide advice on how to get the best from the plants. Note – come early for the best selection!

  • Encourage your friends and neighbours to come. Attached therefore is a Flyer which you can send out on email or social media, print off and distribute by hand or cover in plastic and display it on your gate.

  • Bring stock to add to the sale – anything, large or small, will be welcome but it must be labelled. We prefer the stock to be with us by 8.45, if possible, to enable the team to display it to the best effect. Please hand it to the helpers when you get there.

  • Come and help – its great fun! We start setting up at 8 o’clock so we need some volunteers then. From 8.45, we need helpers for selling so any time you can give would be gratefully received.

  • If you have stock to donate and can’t get it there on the day, please let us know beforehand and we can help with transportation and storage. Chris and Veronica will be hosting an overnight nursery for plants on Friday night!

Be aware the Black Prince car park is controlled and if you park in it, you have to register your number plate with the pub if you are parked for more than a few minutes to avoid a fine!

Note also that the Silver Club will be there with a selection of cakes for you to purchase and enjoy while you are choosing your plants!

 

Outings this Summer

Attached is the booking form for this summer’s outings. Could you:

  1. Please complete the booking form - bring it with you on Friday or return it online.

  2. Please pay for the Wakehurst Place by 10 May. As we are not at the meeting on Friday, the card option is not available. You can pay by:

    • Cheque - leave it with Chris/Veronica who will be 'on the door'

    • Cash - MUST be in an envelope with your name on it (otherwise it will end up as a 'donation'!) and leave with Chris and Veronica at the door.

    • Pay online - by 10 May. Bank transfer to WNHHC  Account, with your initials and surname and the word Trips as the reference.

Visitors are welcome – just add £1/head as temporary membership for insurance purposes.

See you at the Plant Sale!

WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

NEWSLETTER ON 5th APRIL 2023

 

Dear Members,

 

Spring is now really well in place and with the warmth and some sunshine, everything is coming to life, particularly the weeds and the sycamore seeds! As your thoughts turn to planting, splitting etc, please remember it is now only 6 weeks to our Club Plant Sale so if you can plant or pot up extra, there will be a ready buyer on the 13th May. You may recall people asking about bedding plants and anything in flower if it helps you decide what you could grow for the sale.

 

The March meeting with the AGM went very smoothly and Jeni Barton-Warner’s talk on house plants was full of helpful details. Included in the evening was the first of our mini shows, with two classes, long stemmed and short stemmed daffodils. The results were as follows:

 

  • Class 1: Long-stemmed daffodils – 5 stems in a vase

    •    1st Margaret White

    •    2nd Sylvia Hodges

    •    3rd John Foster

  • Class 2: Short-stemmed daffodils – 5 stems in a vase

    •    1st Jenny Girdler

    •    2nd Janet Hodges

    •    3rd Rosemary Thompson

Our thanks to Jo Graham who kindly judged the entries for us.

 

The April meeting is on the 14th April, the week after Easter, when Ben Cross will be talking about British Alstroemerias and the Cut Flower Industry. Ben runs Crosslands Nursery near Arundel which is a family business, specialising in Alstroemerias and he is the 4th generation of his family to be involved. Other clubs have reported highly on his talks so it promises to be an excellent evening.

As usual the Club donations table will be there so do bring along anything you think will be of use to someone else to take with a donation to our funds. The jigsaw swop table will also be there so you can either exchange or give a donation to get one that is new-to-you. Melissa will be there with her conserves (do bring any empty jars, please) and refreshments are included, all in the entry fee of £4 for members and £5 for visitors. The mini show topic this month is craft in which entries are invited for  a knitted hand-made toy or novelty item. We had lots of entries last year so we are looking forward to a new selection!  Please bring your entries and check-in with Rupert who will register and show you where to leave your entries. There will be prizes for the top 3 entries of which the £10 top prize has been donated by Hobbycraft

 

A reminder of the notice given out at the March meeting from the Ashdowns on behalf of All Saints Church:

We are gathering on Good Friday morning between 10 - 12 noon to decorate the raised bed cross planter in our garden for Easter. Everyone welcome. Please bring a pot of spring flowers so we can celebrate the season! Refreshments and Hot Cross Buns available.

 

Have a good Easter and look forward to seeing you all on Friday week

 

WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

NEWSLETTER ON 27th FEBRUARY 2023

Dear Members,

 

In spite of the cold, the gardens are stirring into life again in their own time. Last year, we held a daffodil mini show at the March meeting but a week ago, it looked unlikely this year. However, they have sprung to life in the last few days and we will go ahead with the Daffodil Mini Show in March – details below.

 

We started our programme for the new year in February with a talk by Lyn Miles called ‘For the love of snowdrops’. It was a really good talk and subsequently, with

 Jo and Melissa, we went to her garden in Hampshire, open under the National Garden Scheme, the following Thursday and saw the scale of the number and types of snowdrops she was growing. The garden is worth visiting and is still open in March – see her website for opening times. It is an easy run, about an hour and a quarter away but note it has slopes, steep steps and uneven paths.
http://www.westcroftgarden.co.uk

 

The meeting on the 3rd March starts with the AGM, details of which you already have.  Attached are the financial report for your information as well as the updated meetings list that was shown last time.

 

The AGM will be followed by the evening talk from Jeni Barton-Warner who will be talking about 'Choosing, Care and Positioning of House Plants. We have heard her talk and she is full of helpful details - so much so that it is recommended that you bring pen and paper to capture the benefit of her experience. She will have a sales table afterwards with example of both common and more unusual plants. As usual the Club donations table will be there so do bring along anything you think will be of use to someone else to take with a donation to our funds. The jigsaw swop table will also be there so you can either exchange or give a donation to get one that is new-to-you. Melissa will be there with her conserves (do bring any empty jars, please) and refreshments are included, all in the entry fee of £4 for members and £5 for visitors.

 

The Mini Show, as mentioned earlier, will be about daffodils. There are two classes:

 

  • Long-stemmed daffodils – 5 stems in a vase

  • Short-stemmed daffodils – 5 stems in a vase.

 

Please bring your entries and check-in with Rupert who will register and show you where to leave your entries. There will be prizes for the top 3 entries in each class. You may like to look at the Club website for last year’s show entries as well as the on-line entries for the on-line show to give you some ideas for presentation if you have not entered before!

 

Some 54 of you have already paid their subscription for the year. Membership cards are being prepared and will be ready for the AGM Meeting. For those who have not yet paid, the subscription for the year remains at £6 per person. It entitles you to vote at the AGM and thus play a full part in the running of the Club. As the AGM is on the 3rd March, there is time to pay by any of the following methods:

  • Cash at the meeting but it must be in a sealed envelope with your name(s) on the envelope

  • Cheque at the meeting

  • Bank transfer to WNHHC Account, with your initials and surname and the word ‘Subs’ as the reference

  • By card at the meeting – see David

 

The programme for the evening meetings for rest of the year is on the website at https://www.wnh-horticlub.co.uk/monthly-meetings.  Some speakers later in the year have had to be moved round because of availability and an updated bookmark will be available that evening

WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

NEWSLETTER ON 8th SEPTEMBER 2022

Dear Members,

Having started the Newsletter of the 11th August with observations about lack of water and possible hosepipe bans, all this has been dashed in the last few days with the torrential downpours – over an inch in a day yesterday! However, while keeping us out of the garden, on the positive side the parched brown lawn is already green and due a mow soon.

 

Our September meeting saw the welcome return of Mark Saunders, Head Gardener at Fittleworth Manor ostensibly talking about an almost A-Z of Good Garden Plants. However, he had restructured the talk into seasons which worked much better and he will be sending us an extensive list of the recommended plants. Fittleworth will be opening several times next year, starting in April, under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme and a visit is strongly advised to see his recommendations in action – dates to follow when available next spring.

 

In addition, we held our mini show covering vegetables. Lots of entries and the results were as follows:

 

Bourne Valley Top Tray

1st Prize:  Keith Hine                                              

2nd Prize: Janet Hodges

3rd Prize: Louise Clubley

 

Class 1:  Potatoes

    1st Prize:  Keith Hine

    2nd Prize: David White

    3rd Prize: Louise Clubley

    

Class 2:  Tomatoes

    1st Prize: Keith Hine                                  

    2nd Prize: David Ashdown

    3rd Prize:  Margaret White

Class 3: Runner Beans

    1st Prize:  Helen Mayne

    2nd Prize: Gill Munslow

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Class 4: Four Vegetables

    1st Prize:  Keith Hine

    2nd Prize: Louise Clubley

    3rd Prize: Janet Hodges

    4th Prize: Margaret White

 

While Keith Hine took top honours, like Jo Graham in the flowers in June, it was good to see newcomers having a go. It’s an ideal way to start – no entry fee – and lots of support from experienced members, so come and show your efforts, remembering there are cash prizes!

 

Our next meeting is on Friday 7th October at 7.45 when we will welcome Paul Patten who will be giving us a seasonal talk on ‘Autumn Aspirations – looking forward to Spring’. In addition, we have a mini-show and the topic this time is dahlias. The classes will be as follows:

 

Class 1. Dahlia, one vase, one bloom, giant or large

Class 2. Dahlias, one vase, three blooms, medium.  Decorative cactus or semi-cactus

Class 3. Dahlias, one vase, three blooms, small or miniature. Decorative cactus, semi-cactus or ball

Class 4. Dahlias, one vase, three blooms. Any other ie waterlily, collarette, pompoms etc.

 

The Show will be in the main hall and the doors will open to exhibitors at 7.15 for staging. When you arrive, please check in with Rupert who will direct you the correct Prize and assign numbers to your entries.

 

Look forward to seeing you all on the 7th October, along with your dahlias!

 

Best wishes

Louise and David

 

WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

NEWSLETTER ON 11th AUGUST 2022

 

Dear Members,

The last Newsletter on the 22nd May started with ‘The warmer weather continues though interspersed with showers - unwelcome to us but essential for the plants to flourish’. Since then, the temperature reached 39.2º at Wisley on the 22nd July, the showers are but a distant memory with no rain forecast for the next fortnight, the temperature staying in the mid-30s in daytime and a hosepipe ban possible. However, gardeners are a hardy stock and can adapt to the conditions. Indeed, the displays at the Horticultural Show at Byfleet Parish Day in July were every bit as good as usual.

 

Our June meeting saw, by popular request, the return of Ray Broughton to complete numbers 52-80 of his talk on 80 things you may not know about horticulture as well as our mini show covering flowers. Lots of entries and the results were as follows:

 

Bourne Valley Top Vase

   1st prize:  Jo Graham

   2nd Prize: Margaret White

   3rd Prize: Gill Munslow

 

Class 1:  A vase of mixed annual flowers

    1st prize:  Jo Graham

    2nd Prize: Louise Clubley

    

Class 2:  A vase of shrub material grown for foliage effect

    1st prize: Jo Graham

    2nd Prize: Rob Moore

    3rd Prize: Sheila Fraser

Class 3: A vase of 5 rose stems

    1st prize:  Jo Graham

    2nd Prize: Chris Doyle

    3rd Prize: Suzanne Brown

Class 4: A Platinum Jubilee Display in red, white and blue, to include flowers and a basket

    1st prize:  Lynn Moore

    2nd Prize: Linda Salt

    3rd Prize: Christina Ashdown

 

The trip to Mottisfont Abbey on the 6th July was very good.  Thirty members came and enjoyed a really good day out in one off the National Trust’s flagship gardens. Although the rose display was past its peak because of the hot weather, enough were still in bloom to make a stunning display with the rest of the gardens, made it a memorable day.

 

The good weather also made our visit to RHS Wisley last Friday another good day out. Ten members took the opportunity of a guided tour and a very sociable cream tea.  The gardens were in excellent form, particularly the long border which is a riot of colour – carefully co-ordinated of course – with the promise of much more to come.

 

Our next meeting is on Friday 2nd September at 7.45 when we welcome back Mark Saunders, Head Gardener at Fittleworth House who will talk about 'An almost A-Z of good garden plants’. We visited his garden some 4 or 5 years ago and he also came and talked to us – certain to be a good informative evening. In addition, we have our mini-show and the topic this time is vegetables. The classes will be as follows:

 

Class 1. Three potatoes, one variety - white or coloured.

Class 2. Five medium tomatoes with calyx

Class 3. Six runner beans with stalks attached

Class 4. Collection of four vegetables, one of each kind. Space allowed 1’6” (450mm) square

Top Tray. Detailed Rules as follows:

 

  1. The Bourne Valley Top Tray class is for a collection of three types of vegetables, three of each type. Each type of vegetable will be judged out of a total of 20 points. This is split into three sections as follows: 7 points for size, shape and colour; 7 points for condition; 6 points for uniformity. The overall mark will therefore be out of a total of 60.

  2. All vegetables are to be displayed for effect. The vegetables must be displayed within an area measuring 45cm x 6Ocm (18 x 24in), without bending any part of them. No part of any exhibit may exceed the size of the tray. A tray or board measuring 45cm x 60cm (18 x 24in) can be used to display the vegetables, or the area can simply be marked on the staging. Where a tray has a lip or edge, it is the internal measurements that must not exceed 45cm x 60cm (18 x 24in).

  3.  A black cloth is permitted, and the tray may be painted. Parsley is allowed for garnishing, but no other foliage. Accessories, such as plates, sand, rings, etc., are allowed. Onion tops maybe tied or whipped using raffia or string.

 

The Show will be in the small hall and the doors will open to exhibitors at 6.45 for staging. When you arrive, please check in with Rupert who will direct you the correct table and assign numbers to your entries.

 

We have had a request from All Saints Church which members may be interested in: Pat Pond (All Saints) is organising a five day holiday in October to Weston-Super-Mare with Just for Groups. She currently has four double and one single room available and wonders if anyone from WNHHC would be interested. Pat can be contacted on 01932 340018.

 

Attached is the Summer Newsletter from the Surrey Horticultural Federation, which the Club is affiliated to, for your information

 

Look forward to seeing you all on the 2nd September, along with your vegetables!

  

Best wishes

Louise and David


Louise and David

WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

NEWSLETTER ON 22nd MAY 2022

 

Dear Members,

 

The warmer weather continues though interspersed with showers - unwelcome to us but essential for the plants to flourish. Enthusiasm for the Club also continues to grow and we now have 84 members!

 

The meeting on the 6th May was an excellent one with a really good speaker. Many of you have requested he comes back again and Louise will certainly look to see if this could be arranged in next year’s programme. In the meeting, we continued the mini-shows, this time with pot plants and with thanks to our guest judge, Jo Graham, the results were as follows:

 

Class 1: Flowering Plants

     1st prize: Malcolm Stewart

     2nd Prize: Margaret White

    3rd Prize: Margaret Stewart

 

Class 2: Foliage Plants

  1st prize:  Louise Clubley

  2nd Prize: Janet Hodges

  3rd Prize: June Baxter

  

 

The next meeting will be on Friday 3rd June at 7.45 when Ben Pope will be telling us about ‘Gardening to save time’. You may recall he gave us a Zoom talk last year which was good so this one, particularly with the topic is eagerly awaited. As announced at the May meeting, we will be in summer mood and the refreshments will be strawberries and cream, accompanied by Pimms while tea/coffee will be available as well.

 

The mini show at the meeting will be on the theme of flowers and thanks to Bourne Valley sponsoring the prizes, we have been able to expand the number of classes so that there should be at least one that each member could enter. The revised Classes and the criteria are therefore as follows:

Top Vase - The Bourne Valley Top Vase class is for a vase of mixed flowering stems containing a total of between five and ten stems, taken from a minimum of two different kinds of plants. Please note that it is two different KINDS of plants; two varieties of the same plant are NOT two kinds. No accessories will be allowed. Foliage, which is growing naturally from the flowering stem, and still attached to that stem, is allowed.

Class 1:  A vase of mixed annual flowers

Class 2:  A vase of shrub material grown for foliage effect

Class 3: A vase of 5 rose stems

Class 4: A Platinum Jubilee Display in red, white and blue, to include flowers and a basket – no other limitations.

You may enter 2 exhibits in each class. The small hall will be open from 6.45 until the meeting starts at 7.45 for staging of your entries. When you arrive, please check in with the Show administrator, Wendy Flight, who will direct you the correct table and assign numbers to your entries.

NGS Visit. The NGS Visit to Spurfold garden will be on Tuesday 14th June. This wonderful mature garden extends to approximately 4 acres, with large herbaceous and shrub borders, formal pond with Buddha head from Cambodia, sunken gravel garden with topiary box beds and an Indian urn water feature. There are four terraces, beautiful lawns, mature rhododendrons and azaleas, winding woodland paths and two gazebos. The garden contains a unique collection of Indian elephants and other objets d’art. The visit is self-drive and will start at 2 o’clock. The garden is in Peaslake, GU5 9SZ. It is about 35 minutes away and David will prepare a route card for all cars. If you would like a lift, please see Louise or David who will sort one for you. So far, 21 members have paid. If you would like to come and have yet to pay, it will cost £11.50 each and include tea and cake. Please pay by using one of the following options:

1. Pay by Bank Transfer to our WNHHC Barclays Account, using your initials and surname and the word NGS Visit as the reference.

2. Pay David by card in the interval at the meeting using our Contactless Card Reader.

3. If you cannot or prefer not to use either of the above methods, pay Louise a cheque on Friday evening or if cash, in an envelope with your name on it.

 

Mottisfont Abbey Visit. The highlight visit this summer is to Mottisfont Abbey, near Ringwood in Hampshire on Tuesday 5th July, leaving by coach from the New Haw Institute at 9.00, returning about 5.00.  The Abbey is one of the top National Trust attractions, particularly the Rose Garden and the House. The cost of the visit is £25 for NT members and £41.50 for non-NT members. Payment is due now using the details above but with the reference for bank transfer being surname and initials and the word Mottisfont.

 

Finally, All Saints Church has a community garden and have asked if anyone would like to donate a plant in the red/white/blue range in flower for the Jubilee Week-end. Donations should be taken to the Church on Saturday, 28th May between 10 and 12 for planting.

 

Best wishes

Louise and David

WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

NEWSLETTER ON 3rd MAY 2022

 

Dear Members,

 

At last, some good warmth, particularly over the Easter week-end and even though most of the daffodils have gone over, the tulips and bluebells, as well as the blossom remind us that summer is coming. Everything growing in the garden

is hopefully healthy enough to withstand the slugs and aphids which are also coming out – no one said gardening was easy!

 

Our next Meeting is on Friday 6th May in the All Saints New Haw Church Hall, starting at 7.45. Ray Broughton will be giving us a talk with the intriguing title of “80 Things you may not know about Horticulture”. The Donations table will be operating as usual for you to offer your surplus horticultural products and goods for someone else to benefit from, with a donation to the Club funds.

In addition, there will be the third of our Mini-Shows, this time the theme is Pot Plants when there will be two classes, flowering and foliage, using pots up to 10" in diameter. In the spirit of showing, prizes will be awarded.

 

The day after our May evening meeting, we will be holding our Annual Plant Sale on Saturday 7th May on the Black Prince Car Park as usual. The recent good weather has brought all the plants on so I hope the seeds you planted or cuttings you took for the Sale are now thriving but beware of frosts still. You can either bring the donations for the Plant Sale on the day by 9 o’clock or the night before – details from Louise or Rupert. All plants are welcome and we have found that even the most unlikely plant could be found a new home. Please DO ensure it is labelled or it is unlikely to sell. We will be setting up from 8 o’clock and help will be welcome in both the setting up and the selling. About 3 volunteers are needed for each stage though could be the same people. If you could help, please contact us as soon as possible. It is a very sociable affair so please encourage your friends and neighbours to come and buy from the stalls – cash or card! The Silver Club will also be there with their cakes if further inducement is needed!

 

Looking forward to June, the evening meeting will be on the 3rd June – during the Queen’s Platinum Celebration week-end - when the talk will be about Gardening to Save Time – more details in the next Newsletter. The other event is the National Garden Scheme Visit on Tuesday 14th June at 2.30 to Spurfold, a garden just south of Guildford and only open to group visits. Many of you have indicated that you wish to go on this self-drive visit and now is the time to confirm your intention and to pay the £11.50 cost which includes tea and cake, using one of the methods as follows:

  1. Pay David by card in the interval at the Meeting using our Contactless Card Reader.

  2. Pay by Bank Transfer to our WNHHC Barclays Account, number 23118096, Sort Code 20-11-43 using your initials and surname and the word NGS Visit as the reference.

  3. If you cannot or prefer not to use either of the above methods, pay Louise a cheque on Friday evening or if cash, in an envelope with your name on it. More details/directions to the garden for this visit will be in the next Newsletter.

 

At our April Meeting, there were 22 entries for the mini-show competition when the topic was Knitting - a hand-made toy or novelty item. Congratulations to the prize-winners in a tight competition:

1st prize: Anne Ross  

2nd Prize: June Baxter                                                       

3rd Prize: Louise Clubley

 

One piece of sad news, I’m afraid. Mollie Smith, a long-time member of the Club, passed away in early April having suffered complications after falling and fracturing her hip. Her funeral will be at Woking Crematorium at 3 pm on Tuesday 17th May. Those going are welcome to join the family afterwards, but could you let either Louise or I know so we can pass on numbers to Linda, Mollie’s niece, for catering purposes.

 

See you all this Friday and Saturday

 

Best wishes

David and Louise

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