Dear Members,


The Club has started the year on a very positive note. Already, we have 55 paid-up members who had either paid using the new options of online or the new contactless card payment facility at our first meeting last Friday or the traditional cheques or in cash. 


 At the start of the Meeting, we held the AGM where the activities of last year were reported, the financial situation presented and the programme and proposed committee for the coming year revealed. It was good to have the full support of the members as the Committee was re-elected (again!) to deliver the programme as planned. Those present were able to take home a bookmark with the events listed on it and the website has been updated with all the activities for the year. Attached to this Newsletter is the full programme and it will be included on the Membership Cards which will be ready for Members at the March meeting. Attached also is the booking form for the trips that the Club is planning for the summer. It would be very helpful if you could indicate now whether you would like to come on these trips. This will allow Louise to ensure the numbers are sufficient for the trip/activity to be viable. Payment is not required yet but full payment will be required a month before the trip.

You can make payments as follows:

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

  2. Pay by Bank Transfer to our new WNHHC Barclays Account using your initials and surname and the word Subs or Trips as appropriate as the reference. Please do NOT use the old Nat West account as this is being closed.

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


Our next Meeting is on Friday 4th March in the All Saints New Haw Church Hall, starting at 7.45. Belinda Allen will be telling us about Herbs and their uses, both culinary and medicinal. 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 first of our Mini-Shows, starting this time with Daffodils with only two classes this time:

  • Class 1. Tall varieties, any colours, 5 blooms in a vase

  • Class 2. Short varieties, any colours, 5 blooms in a vase

Daffodils are just beginning to come through now so we look forward to lots of entries – there will be prizes!


For our April Meeting, the Mini-Show theme will be knitting with a single class:

‘A handmade toy or novelty item’ – you have 8 weeks from now!


Finally, David Piesley, who, with his late wife, was a long-standing member of the Club, died in late January. His daughter Juliet has forwarded the information about his funeral as follows: Friday 25th February at 2pm at Jamieson Chapel, Hanworth Crematorium, Hounslow Rd, Hanworth, Feltham TW13 5JH. Meeting afterwards upstairs in The Fountain Beefeater, Twickenham.


See you on the 4th with your daffodils! Remember that the members evening talks fee is now £4 and £5 for visitors.


Best wishes

David and Louise



Dear Members,


A Happy New Year to you all! Restrictions are lifting, the early flowers are now out and the signs of spring are evident everywhere – a time to be positive indeed!


We start our programme for 2022 with an evening meeting on Friday 4th February at 7.45 in the All Saints New Haw Church Hall. The main part of the meeting will be a talk by our old friend Paul Whittle who will be talking about New England in the Fall – his photography is always first rate so something really positive to look forward to. The Meeting will be a normal one in that the usual £3 entrance charge (£4 for visitors) will be payable in cash at the door. It will include the usual refreshments and Melissa’s cakes as well as the jams for sale. In addition, there will be the Sales Table for you to donate anything of a horticultural nature for members to acquire for a donation to the Club. The only request is that if it fails to go, please take it back at the end of the evening!


The Meeting will start with our Club Annual General Meeting – in person this time after our on-line one last year - and the Agenda is attached with last year’s Minutes and the 2021 Accounts. The AGM is your opportunity to have your say in how the Club is run and to put forward any proposals as to how things could be improved. You can do this by letting the Secretary, Melissa Gill, have your suggestion(s) by Monday 31st January to allow the Committee time to prepare a reply for the meeting. The Committee does appreciate the help provided by members on an informal basis but if you would like to put yourself forward to help directly in the running of the Club by volunteering to join the Committee, please let Melissa have your name and that of a seconder by Monday 31st January. If you would like to know more about this and what it involves, please do give us a call.


The subscription this year will remain at £6 per person. The big advantage this year is that there are several options for methods of payment. These are:

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

  2. Pay by Bank Transfer from today - details from the Treasurer

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


A request from Melissa – could you please bring all your empty jam jars to the meeting. She needs them to be able to bottle up and sell you the delicious selection of jams, marmalades etc. As she donates half the takings from the evening meetings to Club funds, returning jars ensures she can keep on helping support our funds.


Finally, the Plant Sale is being brought forward a week this year to the 7th May so please bear this in mind when sowing your seeds, however cold it is at the moment!


See you on Friday week.


Best wishes

David and Louise

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