On Tuesday 4th April, the Society held its annual Spring Show in the Memorial Hall. There was a good display of entries, even though the Daffodil season had mostly ‘been and gone’. To make up for the shortage of Daffodils, members excelled in most other classes. The flower arranging classes were the “best ever”, according to our Judge, and there were impressive entries in the domestic and art and craft classes too. A great turnout all round which helped to make it a very successful show. Please check out our Gallery page for some colourful pictures of the exhibits.
Also on the evening, and as a bit of fun, all members were given an identical Fuchsia plug plant. The idea is that the member will nurture and care for their little plug plant until it grows into a beautiful specimen worthy of admiration. Then, on the evening of the Summer Flower Evening in July, all members will bring their beloved Fuchsia back to the meeting where it will be judged alongside all of the others! The best specimen will then be awarded a prize.
So, if you weren’t at the April meeting, then make sure to attend in May where you can collect your (slightly bigger) Fuchsia plant.
May will also be an important month in the Society calendar. On the 2nd we will be having ‘An evening with Steve Bradley from Radio Kent’. This is guaranteed to be an interesting visit, as many members will know Steve from his Sunday morning gardening show on the radio.
On Saturday 6th May, the highlight of our year is the annual Grand Plant Sale. A truly great event where all and sundry are invited into the Memorial Hall to buy cheap plants for their flower beds and vegetable patches. There will be so much more on offer too, so come along to grab that bargain.
This is always a popular event, so please come early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to bring your own bags too !!
On 6th December, the Society held its annual Christmas Party in the Memorial Hall. There was a wonderfully high turnout from the membership, who all brought along an amazing assortment of buffet style foods for us all to enjoy. Drinks were supplied by the Society, and everyone had an enjoyable and friendly supper before we chanced our luck with a larger than usual seasonal raffle.
The highlight of the evening was a concert given by The Camerata Choir. The choir was led by Mr Andrew Larner, and they sang a collection of carols, songs and choral works, all performed in perfect harmony and to the obvious delight of all present. The choir includes two of our Society members and it actually uses the Memorial Hall for its weekly practice, so it really felt like a family affair.
The only piece of official business on the night was the pleasant task of awarding the Wellwisher Cup for 2016. This year's winner was a very surprised Mrs Merry Cassell. Well done Merry, and thank you to all those members who contributed to the Wellwisher table throughout the year.
Check out our Gallery page for more photographs.
Our delighted winner - Mrs Merry Cassell
It only remains for us to wish all of our members and followers a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Healthy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in February.
On a lovely sunny November morning, 18 of our members gathered at Summerfield Nurseries at Staple to partake of their annual ‘Poinsettia Walk’. Two large greenhouses full of colourful Poinsettias greeted us. We were given a short but interesting talk on their cultivation and care, after which we were able to explore the greenhouses at our leisure. There was a large seating area for relaxing with homemade cakes and hot drinks, and then it was off to the seasonally and beautifully decorated nursery shop to buy our plants and other produce.
Having loaded our cars with beautiful Poinsettias, we walked the few yards to The Black Pig pub where we all enjoyed a very well cooked and relaxing three course lunch. This was a ‘first’ for the Society, but it might not be the last.
Please check out our Gallery Page for pictures of the day.
On a very pleasant and sunny Saturday afternoon in July, two of our valued society members opened their garden gate and hosted a garden party in aid of charity. A large number of our members went along, not only to enjoy a truly wonderful and colourful garden, but also to sit, relax, and chat to other visitors whilst enjoying refreshments from a vast assortment of home-made cakes, teas and coffees. It was a lovely afternoon all round, with new acquaintances being made, and hopefully, the possibility of enticing new potential club members into our society. Our thanks go to our hosts and their helpers for their hard work in organising such a popular and successful event. Pictures of the afternoon can be seen by visiting our gallery page.
Members joined us on another full day trip, this time to Marks Hall Arboretum near Colchester in Essex. The weather was kind for the most part, and we were able to enjoy the long walks around the substantial wooded estate. We explored the beautifully designed walled garden, the many lakes, and took great pleasure when we were followed by large families of ducks and geese, all looking for food. Lunch in a modern converted barn was tasty and enjoyable, and many members finished the day by stocking up with a variety of reasonably priced and good quality perennial plants. All in all, a successful day out. Visit our gallery page to see a small selection of photographs of our visit.
Our Grand Plant Sale today was a tremendous success. Our thanks go to our members for supplying all of the plants, garden sundries, cakes and preserves, that filled the Memorial Hall on a lovely sunny day. Also, to all of the Society members who worked tirelessly on the day to make it the success it was. Of course, and most importantly, we thank all of those people who came along this morning to support us and to purchase all of these goodies. We did have a lot of very happy customers. However, many late comers were disappointed to find that stocks had run out quite quickly. We will try to remedy this next year.
On Saturday 7th May, the Society will be holding our annual 'GRAND PLANT SALE' in the Memorial Hall. The event runs from 09.00 to 12.00 noon, and the doors are thrown open to the general public who are invited in to buy from a large selection of plants an seedlings, preserves, cakes and garden bric-a-brac, all grown, produced or supplied by our members, and all at very reasonable prices. All proceeds go towards Society funds. Entry is free to all, but please bring your own bags.
149 Reculver Road
There are limited "one hour" bays nearby and limited parking in local roads.
The nearest FREE car park is about 5 mins walk away
About 400 yds towards Reculver, turn left into Reculver Drive. The FREE car park is 100 yds on the left.
Postcode CT6 6QE