November 2015

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

Next meeting
Thurs. 10th. December – 7.30pm Church Hall
Christmas Party – Tom Hart Dyke ‘Plant Hunter with a Passion’

November meeting – Simon White – ‘Holly Wreath Making’.
Simon White from Peter Beales Roses was our guest for the November meeting which was a demonstration of holly wreath making. Simon, self taught, opted to demonstrate the making of two wreaths, one round and one cross. Simon had to sit for the process but passed wreaths around the hall at each stage of material added. The finished products were very professional looking wreaths and members were surprised to hear that Simon sells them for under £10, particularly bearing in mind they take 45 minutes to make! Simon brought kits and other products for sale which were snapped up by eager members so watch out for some door displays this Christmas. 5o members attended. Apologies for those who could not see all the action but Simon arrived late because of an accident, needed a lot of space and it was not possible to re organise the seating. We need a bigger hall!

Christmas meeting – Thurs. 10th. December 7.30pm Church Hall
Our Christmas party meeting is almost upon us and we welcome the charismatic Tom Hart Dyke as our guest speaker. Tom, when not appearing on TV or lecturing for RHS , travels the world seeking out rare and unusual plants and we look forward to an evening with this plant hunter with a passion.
As is our custom we will be in the church hall for this event which will be ticket only and if you still have not booked contact Jenny Bearcroft on 448571 as soon as possible, £5 members , £10 guests.
As usual we will be having a grand draw for club funds and we would welcome prizes – to Debbie Doggett who is organising the draw, any committee member or bring on the night.
There will be the usual choices of punch and refreshments.
So look forward to seeing you on this special evening, our last event for 2015.

Dobies seeds - the club are continuing with Dobies seeds for the new season and if you have not already got your 2016 catalogue contact Ray Bignell on 448291 and take advantage of the generous discounts you will receive as club members.

January meeting – Dr. Ian Bedford – ‘Garden Bugs’ Thurs. 14th. January
7.30pm Village Hall.

We kick off our 2016 programme with the visit of Dr. Ian Bedford who will be talking about garden bugs and hopefully he will have some cures to offer us!
January is also when we renew our membership and the cost remains at £8 for 2016 for which you have 8 meetings , 4 visits and discounts at BM Concrete/The Landscape Centre, Spalls of Felixstowe and Lings garden Centre Martlesham Heath.
There will also be the members’ garden party at The Old Rectory, Kirton on Sat. 11th. June.
Another date for your new diaries is our summer outing Sat. 9th. July when we have a double header, visiting Henstead Exotic Garden and Peter Beales Roses.
So come along to our January meeting and get you membership card with full details of next year’s programme.

Tales from the Allotments
Not too much to report from the plots this month. It’s a time for tidying up and sowing a few items such as garlic and broad beans. All plots are taken and most members have reported good results , in fact something of a glut with beans, butternut squash and the dreaded bramley apples. I have been desperately trying to find a home for apples, my neighbours no longer answer the doors when I appear laden with bags and my other half has reprimanded me for ‘ growing too many’! So I will have stern words with the offending tree not to be so fruitful next year!
It is good to see the plots being put to good use and everybody benefiting from fresh fruit and veg, a contrast to some of the tired offerings we see on supermarket shelves.
So here’s hoping for good gardening in 2016 and a few accolades - RHS gold medals to Fred Last and Kirton Light Railway for hosting the Chernobyl children, our friends at the Methodist chapel and brilliant helpers for staging a traditional harvest lunch and Bob who is now keeping the grass tidy at the plots.
A happy Christmas to all club members, allotment colleagues, and our very good friends at the WI , and good gardening for 2016.

Roy Mallett 616