WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

NOVEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

1.  The main item to report this month has been the AGM which was held on the 8th November. Rather than present Minutes at the next AGM and ask for their endorsement as a true record of the proceedings when the majority of what happened has long been lost in the mists of time, a copy of the Minutes is attached to this Newsletter. If there is anything that you are unhappy with, could you please raise it now rather than in over a year’s time at the next AGM.

2. December’s meeting. The talk on Friday 6th December will be by Cherrill Sands whom we welcome back for the third time, this time to talk about ‘Festive Plants for Wintertime’. Evergreen holly, ivy and mistletoe are rich in myth and folklore and have long been part of our festive traditions, while Christmas trees are a comparatively recent addition. We will hear stories relating to these plants and about festive gifts such as poinsettias, cacti and amaryllis.

The evening will include mulled wine and mince pies to ensure we are in the mood for Christmas!

 

At the meeting you will be able to renew your membership (or join) for next year. Could you please bring either a cheque for £6 per person, or cash in a labelled sealed envelope, and hand it in when you arrive. During the talk, your membership Cards will be prepared, ready for you to collect at the end. The Card will include next year’s programme.

Membership renewal will be separate from the normal entry fee collection and this separation will speed up entry.

3. Tea Rota.  We will be reinstating the tea rota next year. It would be most helpful if anyone who is prepared to take a turn would sign up. It should only be once a year if everyone pitched in!

 

Look forward to seeing you all on Friday 6th – 8.00pm at the Community Centre

Louise and David

07842 975145   

 wnhhorticlub@gmail.com

 

WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

1.  The good weather has finally given way to autumn wind and rain. However, the garden is still a blaze of colour with dahlias, fuchsias and now nerines in full flower. Let’s enjoy them while we are tidying up and preparing the garden for the winter period and beyond into next year.

 

CLUB ACTIVITIES

 

2. Visit to an NGS Garden – Wednesday 7th August. Thirty six members paid a visit to Margaret Arnott’s garden in Cobham under the National Garden Scheme. The garden was a delight and the range of plants was stunning and as the weather held, we could all enjoy our tea and cake and marvel at what had been created in a not very large space.

3. Club Annual Show – Sunday 1st September. The Annual Show was a great success with increased entrants as well as visitors. While prizes were spread over many entrants, after a quiet year last year, Jim Adams was back in force though closely pressed by Keith Hinds and several others. The Deputy Mayor of Runnymede opened the Show and was very impressed with the range and standard of entry. This year a sales table was set up and visitors were able to snap up donated fruit and vegetables while making a contribution to the Club funds. Special thanks to all the members who came forward to assist with the Show to ensure it ran smoothly.

4. RHS Metre Square Garden Competition. Our entry into the RHS metre square Garden, masterminded by Beda Dunkley, was awarded ‘Highly Commended’. In addition, the Club was given a Certificate of Appreciation by the RHS for entering this new competition.

5. Pictures of all these events will form part of the slide show of the year’s activities evening at the AGM on the 8th November.

7.  October Meeting – 4th October. For the October meeting, Jacqueline Aviolet  gave a very amusing and informative  talk entitled “A History of Nuts” which kept us all entertained. The fun competition, or as I prefer to call it, the micro-show, was a single class entry of 5 dahlias. A wide range was exhibited and the popular choice results were as follows:

            1st, Louise Clubley, 2nd Amanda Goldsmith, 3rd, John Foster.

 

NON CLUB ACTIVITIES

8. Three members of the Club opened their gardens for the Open Gardens Day on Saturday 10th August for All Saints Church, New Haw - again, pictures will be in the Slide Show but between them, they raised a tidy sum for the Church.

NEXT MEETING

9. The next Club meeting will be the AGM on Friday 8th November, a week later than usual, moved to reduce the impact of Halloween and Bonfire Night. The Calling Notice has already been distributed and we look forward to seeing you all there at the 60th AGM of the Club, which will be celebrated accordingly! One unusual item on the Agenda is the tabling of a new set of Rules and a Constitution for the Club. The present rules were prepared when the Club was a trading organisation and are very dated, over-precise in some areas, decidedly lacking in others and certainly not really applicable to the Club as it stands at the moment. A new set have been prepared and will be distributed about 3 weeks before the meeting for your perusal and comment. It would be best if comments were received before the meeting so that they can be considered and a reasoned and co-ordinated response prepared. This will ensure the meeting is able to address any major concerns, rather than receive comments cold, perhaps having to delay implementation and potentially extending the AGM.

10. The Meeting will start at 8pm. There is no entry charge for the AGM so the entry procedure will be just a signing-in of members so there is no need to arrive very early. A Super Raffle will be held with a single prize of 2 places on one of the trips being organised for next year – cost will be £5 per ticket. The trips and the rest of the programme will be revealed on the night.

11. The AGM is your chance to have your say on the way the Club is run. We will report on last year’s activities, present the accounts, cover election of the Committee and reveal next year’s programme. Please come and bring your ideas and comments so we are able to ensure that the Club moves forward to meet the member’s aspirations!

 

See you then!

 

Louise and David

07842 975145    wnhhorticlub@gmail.com

 

 

 

WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

AUGUST 2019 NEWSLETTER

1. The weather – typically British – has been as challenging as ever for gardeners. First, the hottest day of the year, then short torrential downpours followed by wind which played havoc with the gladioli, dahlias and the sweet corn. All this and still a month to go before our Show!
2. HOT OFF THE PRESS. Before the Show, there is an Open Gardens Day on Saturday 10th August in which some of our members are involved and would welcome your support – see the details at the bottom of this Newsletter and the attachment.


CLUB ACTIVITIES


2. Scotney Castle Trip – Tuesday 18th June. The trip to Scotney castle was a great success. The weather was warm and sunny, the House was beautifully decorated with stunning flowers everywhere, the Castle a romantic ruin and the National Trust restaurant was excellent.


3. Visit to RHS Wisley Wednesday 10th July. The visit to RHS Wisley started in the new reception area, next to the spacious shop and a new cafe, right next to the new plant sales area. Following our guides, those who thought they knew their way round everything were pleasantly surprised when the guides showed us areas and features which, though not hidden, were just off the usual paths – a very enjoyable day. We also found out that the wheelchairs are free on a first come – first served basis. The electric buggies are also free, key from reception and we had a good report from a user about them.


4. Visit to an NGS Garden – Wednesday 7th August. Some 36 people have signed up for the visit to Margaret Arnott’s garden under the National Garden Scheme. This self-drive visit costs £8.50 each. It will include tea and cake while Margaret herself will be on hand. The garden is off Fair Mile in Cobham. All participants have been sent an email/letter giving details of the visit and of the payment details. If you haven’t signed up but would still like to come, please let us know as soon as possible, noting whether you need a lift.


5. Club Annual Show – Sunday 1st September.


a. The programme for the Annual Show has been published and is available on the website or contact the Show Manager, Rupert Lambert on 01932 343035 for details. Please look at it to see the wide range of choices within the 98 classes you can enter. These cover vegetables, fruit, flowers, domestic, craft, photography and floral art. In addition, there are children’s categories for those with children or grandchildren to entertain in August.
b. Preparation for the growing sections should be well under way as there are only 4 weeks to go. If you have not entered before, there is a novice section in the vegetable and flower sections! As entries have to be declared only 2 days before the Show, have a good look at the classes and see what you can display. For those without gardens, consider the indoor plant classes, or turn on the oven and get baking!
c. Those who are entering and have spare fruit, vegetables or even flowers, could you please donate them to the Sales Table which will be in the Foyer. When the Show opens, someone will be delighted to offer this fresh produce for a donation to Club funds.
d. Even if you are not able to exhibit, do come to the Show as a spectator and admire the displays – while you are doing this, have a cream tea or a slice of Melissa’s delicious cakes. It is a very social event!


6. RHS Metre Square Garden Competition. We have entered a competition at RHS Wisley to provide a 1 metre square garden in September. We have recently received the details of the requirement called ‘Treasures of the Earth’ and Beda, who is providing the artistic input, is planning the garden in detail now. Other than 10 dahlias of 3 different cultivars, little else is specified other than it must be a group effort. The design is complete and most items identified already. The main outstanding items are tall cut flowers, which will need collecting from members on Thursday 5th or the morning of Friday 6th September – please let Beda (or Louise /Jo/Janet) know if you may be able to offer something. The garden which will be judged on Saturday morning, 7th September and will on display at the RHS Wisley Flower Show in the National Dahlia Show tent for the rest of the week-end – do go and see it


7. October Meeting – 4th October. It is a long way off but please ensure the October meeting is in your diary. It will be a talk on “A History of Nuts” by Jacqueline Aviolet. Jacqueline has owned and run Rosie’s Nursery in Aylesford Kent for over 25 years. She will tell us all about the history and cultivation of nuts from around the world. Plus a fun competition – five dahlias in a vase.


NON CLUB ACTIVITIES


8. One outside event that will be of interest is the Open Gardens Day on Saturday 10th August when 5 local residents will open their gardens from 2-5 to raise funds for All Saints Church, New Haw. Details are in the attachment for Club members only. Three members of the Club, Christina, Jo and John are taking part and would love to see you. Details are in the attachment.


Enjoy you summer preparing and nurturing your entries for the Club Show on 1 September!
Louise and David
07842 975145

wnhhorticlub@gmail.com

No Newsletter in July

WOODHAM AND NEW HAW HORTICULTURAL CLUB

JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER

MEETING ON 7th JUNE

1.  The main part of the meeting on the 7th June  was a presentation on ‘Wetlands and Waterways’. It was given by Nigel Choate  who had been photographing the wildlife and the scenery for many years. His pictures were excellent, showing what dedication and skill is needed to capture the ‘right’ picture just at the right time. All the more difficult as he uses the old system of film and slide projection so no Photoshop enhancements! Thanks to John for the strawberries to complement the Pimms and to Kathy, Suzanne and Doreen on tea duty with Ruth.

2. The meeting included a micro-show where you were invited to bring 5 roses in a vase. Congratulations to all those who entered, and there were many, but the ones that caught the member’s eyes were as follows:

  1. 1st Prize – Suzanne Brown

  2. 2nd prize – Eileen Garside

  3. 3rd Prize – Christine and David Ashdown

Remember the October meeting will include a similar micro-show, this time with 5 dahlias

3. At the April Meeting, all members were asked to fill in a sheet updating their contact details and to agree that the Club could hold these details and use them to inform them about Club information. Could those who took the form away to fill in at home and have still not returned them, please ensure they complete and return as we do need permission from each individual.

FUTURE CLUB ACTIVITIES – June and beyond

4.  Scotney Castle Trip – Tuesday 18th June. Those coming on the Scotney castle trip have already received a letter from Louise telling them about the trip and the travel arrangements. It promises to be the ideal trip, with the coach park right next to the amenities, the main house, cafe and walled garden. There is also a flower festival running when we are there. There are still places available so please contact Louise as soon as possible if you would like to come – please think about bringing a friend for only £1 above the members visit price to cover insurance. Details are on the website.

5. Visit to RHS Wisley Wednesday 10th July at 2pm. The booking sheet for this free self-drive trip to RHS Wisley has been available and if you if you haven’t already signed up and would like to come, please let us know as soon as possible, noting whether you  would like to include the optional guided tour for £3 and whether you would like a lift. A letter/email will be sent to all visitors with details of the trip and of the payment for the optional guided tour. You should note that as an affiliated club of a formal visit, each visitor will receive a £5 voucher to spend in the new shop. We were at the formal opening of the new entrance, shop and plant centre earlier this week and they are really very good indeed.

6. Visit to an NGS Garden – Wednesday 7th August. Some 30 people have signed up for the visit to Margaret Arnott’s garden under the National Garden Scheme. This self-drive visit will cost £8.50 each and will include tea and cakes and Margaret herself will be on hand. The garden is off Fair Mile in Cobham. All participants will be sent an email/letter giving details of the visit and of the payment details. If you haven’t signed up but would still like to come, please let us know as soon as possible, noting whether you need a lift.

8. Club Annual Show – Sunday 1st September. The programme for the Annual Show has now been published and is available on the website or contact the Show Manager, Rupert Lambert on 01932 343035 for details. Please look at it to see the wide range of choices within the 98 classes you can enter. These cover vegetables, fruit, flowers, domestic, craft, photography and floral art. In addition, there are children’s categories for those with children or grandchildren to entertain in August. Preparation for the growing sections should be starting now as there are only 3 months to grow to the required dimensions. If you have not entered before, there is a novice section and in addition, you can also go to the Byfleet Parish Day on Saturday 20th July where there is a horticultural show in the Village Hall and see what entry involves.

9. RHS Metre Square Garden Competition. We have entered a competition at RHS Wisley to provide a 1 metre square garden in September. We have recently received the details of the requirement and Beda, who is providing the artistic input, is planning the garden now. Other than 10 dahlias of 3 different cultivars, little else is specified other than it must be a group effort. When the design is complete, we will be contacting members to provide the plants and anything else needed to complete the garden which will be on display at the National Dahlia Show, held at Wisley.

10.  October Meeting – 4th October. It is a long way off but please ensure the October meeting is in your diary. It will be a talk on “A History of Nuts” by Jacqueline Aviolet. Jacqueline has owned and run Rosie’s Nursery in Aylesford Kent for over 25 years. She will tell us all about the history and cultivation of nuts from around the world. Plus a fun competition - Dahlias

 NON CLUB ACTIVITIES

11. Outside activities that may be of interest are as follows:

   a. Bookham Open Gardens – Sunday 16th June

    b. Byfleet Parish Day – Saturday 20th July – includes a Horticultural Show​

OTHER MATTERS

12. The Plant Sale on the 18th May was very successful. We raised £481 on the day and afterwards, Melissa and Louise sold more plants, raising another £90, to give a Club record income of £571. Thanks to all those who came and bought plants, to those who kindly raised and donated plants and to Jo Graham, Neil Hope, Chris Hollis and Bob Sleat for manning the stall with the Committee on the day. Any plants remaining went either to All Saints Church Woodham Memorial Garden or to the St Johns West Byfleet Church Fete apart from a 6’ strelitzia which Jo Graham has kindly agreed to take!

All the information for the next couple of months is here so no Newsletter in July. Enjoy you summer preparing and nurturing your entries for the Club Show on 1 September!

Louise and David

07842 975145    wnhhorticlub@gmail.com

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