May 2nd Meeting

We were pleased to welcome our guest speaker for the evening, Steve Bradley from Radio Kent.  Steve, with his encyclopaedic knowledge and good humour, proved to be a very popular choice with our membership.  Everyone joined in with a multitude of questions which Steve was able to answer without exception.  In fact our Chairman had to call a halt to the evening, which was in danger of overrunning, much to the dismay of the members.
Hopefully we will be able to invite Steve back at some time in the future.
 
We hope that our June speaker will be just as interesting.  Phillip Johnson will be giving us a talk on colourful Alpines.

Grand Plant Sale May 2017

We are pleased to report that our annual Grand Plant Sale, held on Saturday 6th May in the Memorial Hall, was a resounding success. It was our second best event in memory, in terms of sales.  This was due to so many factors;
Firstly we must say a very big 'thank you' to all those villagers, and visitors from further afield, who made the effort to come along and purchase the large variety of plants, food produce and gardening bric-a-brac that was on offer.  A second big 'thank you' must be given to all those members that grew so many plants, and in such quantity, and those that provided a lovely selection of bakery and preserves.  Also, for the many items of gardening paraphernalia that were donated to our cause.
Of course, all of this would not have been possible without the help of those members that come along early to set up, run the event, and then stay to help clear up at the end of a hectic morning.
As a village Gardening Society, we are blessed with so many willing and good humoured members, and it just goes to underline why we have such a successful society.  Well done, everyone.

Spring Show April 2017

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 !!

December Christmas Party in the Memorial Hall

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.

November 2016 Visit to the Poinsettia Walk and lunch at The Black Pig

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.

September 2016 Visit to The Salutation Gardens at Sandwich

On the 1st September, 19 society members gathered at TheSalutation Gardens at Sandwich for an organised visit.  The weather was warm and sunny, and we were joined by Sam Scarlett (the assistant head gardener) who gave us a very interesting introductory talk on the history of the house and garden, which were both designed by the great architect Sir Edwin Lutyens . He then gave us a personal (and leisurely) guided tour of the beautiful gardens whilst impressing us with his vast knowledge of the huge variety of colourful plants and many trees on show.  All agreed that the garden had recovered extremely well from the floods of 2013 and that it was a credit to both the owners and their dedicated team of gardeners.  You can see some photographs of the colourful afternoon by visiting our gallery page.

July 2016 Garden Party

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.

June 2016 Outing to Marks Hall Arboretum in Essex

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. 

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend 2016

On Sunday 28th May, three brave volunteers from our Society accepted a challenge to take part in a horticultural quiz organised by The Kent Garden Show taking place at the Detling county show ground.  We were drawn against three members of the Appledore Gardeners' Society, and both teams were heavily supported by members of their own clubs.  The quiz itself was friendly and light-hearted, but keenly fought, with each team showing a commendable knowledge of all things horticultural.  The large audience of neutrals were also encouraged to take part by offering answers when none were forthcoming from either team.  At the end though, Beltinge came an admirable second to a very impressive team from Appledore, so our congratulations go to them.  Well played Appledore.  Perhaps we'll have better luck next year ? "

7th May 2016

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.

28th April 2016

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Janine Doulton can no longer come along to talk about Sissinghurst on Tuesday 3rd May.  However, we do have Susan Gollings of Invicta Herbs coming along and her talk is called 'Herb Plants to Delight the Senses'.
This should also be a very interesting talk, and Susan will also have a selection of Herbs for you to purchase on the night, so don't forget to bring a bag with you.
We hope to see you there.

 

Reculver & Beltinge Memorial Hall

 

149 Reculver Road

Beltinge

Herne Bay

CT6 6PL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Parking

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

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