Garden Club Newsletter – September 2016 to May 2017

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I apologise for the lateness of this newsletter – I’ve been in the garden!  However nights are now drawing in, autumn is just around the corner, and your committee very much hopes for your company for the new season of the Garden Club.  At 7.30pm on Thursday 22th September 2016, in Belstone Village Hall, we welcome Peter Cantrill of Dayspring Plants to introduce us to some “Unusual Perennial Plants”.   We look forward to seeing you and your friends.
TALKS:   We continue the season with “Around the World in Eighty Plants” (Oct), A Garden Quiz (Nov), “Vodka and Vanishing Trees” (Jan), “Growing veg in harmony with nature” (Feb), “Round the year with Gilbert White” (Mar) and “Making the most of shade” (Apr).  All of these talks are on our usual night, the fourth Thursday of each month.
We hope this range appeals.  If you come across any good speakers let us know and we’ll book him/her.  Or if there’s a subject you find particularly interesting, please tell us and we’ll try to find a speaker for next year.
SOCIAL:   Tea and coffee will be available from the kitchen hatch before each evening’s meeting, free and for nothing.  November is our “Christmas” meeting, so we will offer coffee and mince pies (and clotted cream, of course) during the evening.  Your committee much enjoys the opportunity to circulate and chat.  We hope you do too, and will join us again.
FEES:    Our membership fee has increased slightly to £7.00 which your Committee considers still represents very good value for money.  We would be grateful if you could pay at the September meeting (or send a cheque).  If you know of family, friends or neighbours who enjoy gardening and the company of like-minded people, do invite them to join us (we also welcome visitors, for £2.00 per visit).
OUTINGS:   On Thursday 6th October we have organised a day’s entry to Rosemoor for autumn colours (it was a fantastic day last year) – there will be a form at the Sept meeting to sign just so we have an idea of numbers, or contact Malcolm (t:01837 849142, e:stuarthouse83@gmail.com) as soon as possible.  Transport will be by private car, keeping the cost low, but we’d like you to organise yourselves!  Meet at the entrance as close to 11am as you can – the desk will be expecting us.
As yet no decisions have been made for the rest of the season’s outings (apart from thoughts of Boconnoc next spring).   If you have recently been to a garden that you feel the Club would enjoy (and is accessible by coach) please mention it to Malcolm. And if there is anywhere you particularly enjoyed on a previous Club outing, tell us and we’ll consider repeating it.
PLANTS & PLANT SALES:    We routinely ask speakers to bring plants for sale where possible, but as discussed at the AGM, we have reluctantly decided to stop running our Annual Plant Sale.  It has become increasingly difficult to find nurseries willing to bring plants, and the number of customers has been reducing year on year.  Alan French can still be found every Saturday in the centre of Okehampton,  numerous nurseries have an online presence, and various other groups and societies hold worthwhile sales throughout the year.   You can get 10% discount on plants, trees, shrubs, seeds and bulbs at Eggesford Gardens just by showing your membership card.
The Plant Table will continue at monthly meetings where you can bring any surplus bits, extra seedlings, bulbs, whatever, to pass on to other members: there is often no charge for these but if you would like to make a donation the Club will gratefully receive it!
KEEPING IN TOUCH:   More and more people have access to the internet and I could usefully use this medium to keep Club postage costs down and to advise members of events coming up.  If you would like to receive information this way, would you email me with your address?

Regards, and best wishes for the coming season, from your Committee 2016-17:
Keith Mansfield (Chair), Robin Hill (Treasurer), Malcolm Brewer (Outings), Lucy Finch (Programme), Keith Badman, Mags Long, Barry Starling and Jacqueline Yeates.  Anyone care to join us?  Three committee meetings a year – with coffee and good biscuits (and sometimes cake!).

Marion Walpole (Secretary), t: 01837 840498, e: chris.walpole@mypostoffice.co.uk
September 2016

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