Hello Happy Gardeners,
We have had a very busy time just lately. The Autumn Show was a tremendous success. We had a great variety of entries, including our new Fun Section. Two enormously tall Sunflowers looked down on us, to set the atmosphere. The tallest one was grown by young Ted, who is only 10 years old. Well done Ted. The Runner Bean Race was also very popular and very amusing.
Happy Christmas Newsletter November/December 2023
Now that the rain has stopped, I hope that you are now enjoying getting back out into the garden again, even if it is to sweep up more leaves. I hope that nobody suffered too much damage in the storm last week. Personally, I lost a rose arch that was covered in a Montana clematis and a honeysuckle and my bottom fence. The fence is now fixed but so now I need to buy another rose arch and hope that the plants are not too damaged to train up it.
Thank you to the members who attended the talk last week on Christmas plants from around the world. This is the first illustrated talk that we have held. We discovered a few pitfalls, which are being addressed before the next talk. As we look back over this year, we have held three excellent Flower Shows, visited three gardens, enjoyed the summer Cream Tea and held the first Village Fete. So, thank you all very much indeed.
Christmas Coffee Morning – Saturday 25th November, Pavilion 10.30 This promises to be a brilliant event and one not to be missed. Please come and support us. Of course, we will have delicious coffee and wonderful cakes. We are having a Raffle, a sales table and of course, the Guess the Weight of the Christmas Cake competition, plus a few other surprises for you.
New Schedule The committee have nearly finished drafting the new schedule for next year, but it is not too late if you have any requests. Please just let any of us know. We will be having quite a few new classes in most sections. For example the cookery section are having technical challenge of a set recipe in one show and a gluten free cake in another show. We have decided not to increase our show entry fees.
New Tables for the Village Hall As you may have realised our Flower Shows have grown tremendously over the last three years. So, thank you to everyone who enters. However, this gave us a problem as we ran out of tables that the Village Hall own. So earlier this year the Gardeners Club purchased ten small new tables. At the last show we realised that we still needed more, so last week, we purchased ten more small tables. No excuses now, everyone can enter next year and make it the wonderful show that it deserves to be.
FREE trip for our members We are planning a FREE trip for our members. This is likely to be in late May and will be booked on a first come, first reserved system. We are hoping to take you to RHS Wisley. Later in the year we are hoping to arrange another trip to a nearby garden, where we can go by our own transport. Of course, we can give lifts to anyone who needs one. This should work out to be financial much cheaper for all of us.
Roger Parsons Talk on Sweet Peas Saturday 17th February 2024 Pavilion 10.30 As you may remember we had to postpone Roger’s demonstration/talk from earlier this year as he had to have a surgical procedure. We have managed to secure Roger for next February. This promises to be an excellent and informative event.
Membership When we initially set-up Walberton Gardeners Club, in 2021 we had approximately 46 members. We are delighted to tell you that now we have 110 members. The Committee have decided not to raise the membership fee for the coming year. It will remain at £6.00 per annum.
Spring Flower Show Saturday 23rd March 2024 This will be our first event next year and please don’t forget that the details of classes etc are all in your current schedule. We do this on purpose, so that you know what bulbs to be planting in time for the show and planning your entries maybe try entering a class that you may not have entered before, so you will have plenty of time to practise and get organised.
Annual General Meeting Saturday 6th April – Pavilion 10.30 More details to follow in due course.
Thank you from your committee: Liz Hewson (Chair), Brenda Bailey, Sue Atkins, Douglas Callander & David Underwood