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Autumn Newsletter 2012

September, 2012

Dear Member,

Summer is fading…. again time to reflect on the Societies' events of this year and to look forward to next year.

We agreed in 2011 to permanently move the AGM to the month of January which again worked out very well this year. Members were given the opportunity to submit suggestions for 2013 in writing for the first time which resulted in more time for the rest of the evening. We were entertained my Mick Lynn and Geoff Dole with a mixture of songs, poems and pictures about the 'Green Man in the Garden' whilst enjoying a glass of wine and refreshments. The evening was again very well attended and the Committee has decided to continue with this format of the AGM for the time being.

On a cold and snowy February evening committee members cleared the car park of the village hall from ice and snow to make sure that members could reach the hall safely to listen to Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener of Great Dixter. It was most certainly one of the highlights of 2012; he showed us pictures of the beautiful gardens of earlier times and told us how it developed into the garden of today and about the pivotal role that the Lloyd family and especially of course 'Christo', as he was known, played in this.

In March we concentrated on 'Daffodils'. Janine Doulton came to give expert advice on how to show daffodils followed by our annual Plant Sale and our second Spring Show. Plants were as always sold out in a very short time and there was a colourful display of spring flowers in the small hall, the judges were pleased with the variety and good standard of exhibits. We had hoped for more members to participate; it was , however, only the second Spring Show we have had, and we very much hope that more members will want to show their daffodils and spring flowers next year!!!

April brought an interesting and very professional Power Point Presentation by Dr. G Reagan on Alpines, a fashionable subject. Pictures were from all over the world and her enthusiasm was infectious. Some members expressed the wish to see pictures of native alpines and we will bear that in mind for another evening.

The Summer and Autumn Shows were a great success this year. Both shows were very well attended, we had an increased number of exhibits and the judges were quite complimentary about the very good standard of exhibits, not bad bearing in mind the dismal summer and the associated risks like blight, slugs, excessive rain etc. etc.

Outings to Wisley and Marshborough Farm Gardens were well attended, even oversubscribed and much enjoyed. The Outing to Wakehurst was completely rained off and participation was therefore not brilliant. Those who braced the rain and the wind had a lot of fun and many laughs. The gardens were quite beautiful and there was the Seed Bank to look at, good food served in the restaurant and I heard that quite a few Christmas presents were bought in the shop!

We again took part in the Neame Cup Competition with other Gardening Societies. Our team did not win the cup but did well and is preparing for another match!

Three more events on the list for this year:

8th Nov. 2012 7.3o p.m. Barham Village Hall – Gardeners' Question Time with Steve Bradley

The name will be familiar to many of you. He is one of the team answering questions Sunday Morning on Radio Kent and you are invited to come along with all your gardening questions and problems.

19th Nov. 8.oo p.m. Barham Village Hall

First round of Neame Cup Competition. Home Match against Painters Forstal. Please do come along and support our team.

26th Nov. 8.oo p.m. Barham Village Hall

This will be a Pre-Christmas social evening for all of you and members of the Societies taking part in the Neame Cup Competition. You will be able to have fun testing your horticultural knowledge in a relaxed way! You will be asked to answer some horticultural questions and you can check the answers yourself on the computers provided on that evening. This can be done as a team or individually, it will be entirely up to you. We promise a lot of fun and it is also an opportunity to meet members of other Societies and to learn what they are up to!

Last event of the 2012 gardening year but first one in 2013:

10th January 7.oo p.m. AGM 2012 – Barham Village Hall

Please note that the date had to be moved from 17th – indicated on your membership cards – to the 10 Jan. 7.oop.m. at Barham Village Hall, followed by drinks and refreshments, a raffle and an entertaining talk by one of our judges, Denis Vickers with the title 'A Funny Thing Happened at the Show'

A list of planned events for 2013 is available on the Calendar of Events page; some of these are still in the planning stage. Further details will be given at the AGM and you will be able to collect your membership cards for 2013 when the membership fee will be due. You can always come back to our website for up-to-date information.

Finally, if you would like a seed catalogue please ring Andrew Clough on 01303-844324. You will also be able to collect these at the next event in the Barham Village Hall on 8th Nov.

There we are again; on behalf of the Committee we say thank you for all your support during this year and we hope that the events planned for 2013 will prove both interesting and enjoyable to you.

Very Best Wishes,

G. McGuire Dr. Tim Bines               
Secretary Chairman  

Next EventWednesday
11th April 7.30pm

'Chillis are good for you'
This is an illustrated talk by Steve Weller. Takes place at Barham Village Hall.
Directions to Barham Village Hall 


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