November 2013

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

Thurs. 12 December - Charlie Haylock ‘An Eccentric Look at Suffolk’
7.30 pm Kirton Church Hall - (Ticket only )


November meeting
For our November meeting we welcomed back the ever popular Rod Leeds talking on ‘Winter and Spring Bulbs’. Nowadays Rod is in great demand as a speaker travelling to Ireland and many parts of mainland Europe. Some of the many flowering bulbs that caught my eye were a vast array of snowdrops, Narcissus, minor Christmas, Cyclamen coun, Crocus rozous, Balkan white and Malyi plus Aconite guinea gold. The majority of Rod’s digital pictures were taken at his Lavenham garden which we hope to visit in 2015. A big turn out of 71 members enjoyed a very professional presentation and we welcomed 4 new members to the club.

Christmas meeting Thurs. 12 December – Charlie Haylock ‘An Eccentric Look at Suffolk’.
Charlie Haylock is one of Suffolk’s leading entertainers, his informative and hilarious one-man shows are legendary in the county and his books and CDs have all been best sellers. He is also a regular broadcaster on BBC radio. So this all promises to be a highly entertaining evening and I would imagine that there will be books and CDs for sale. Admission by ticket from Jenny ( no charge) - a few guest tickets at £5.
Alma and Jo are organising eats and there will be punch and non-alc drinks.
Debbie is masterminding our annual draw and would welcome prizes to committee members or bring to the Church hall on the night.
So come along to what should be a memorable finale to our 2013 programme and don’t forget we are in the Church Hall!

January meeting – Thurs. 9 Jan 2014 - 7.30pm Village Hall : Sonya Burrows - ‘Drought Gardening’
As there will be no January Review - advance notice of our 9th. Jan meeting – Sonya Burrows talking on ‘Drought Gardening’.
Membership is due for renewal in January so be at this meeting to sign up and get your 2014 membership/fixture card. Still only £5 for which you will get 7 meetings, summer evening visits, discounts at Mel Spall’s, BM Concrete, Lings and Thos Cook – RHS affiliation plus the chance to order seeds, plants and garden products through the club’s discounted bulk buying facility. So make sure you are there to secure your membership for 2014 because Jenny and co have booked a great programme for us.

Dobies Seeds –completed seed orders should have been returned to Ray by 30 Nov - your seeds will be delivered to you direct by Dobies.

Belgium 2014
Our planned visit to Belgium, 22/25 May 2014, is fully subscribed with a waiting list. A news sheet with outline programme was available at our November meeting – if you were not there, contact Alma on 448616.
Deposits have been received & final payment with insurance details is due 1st. March.
Interestingly Helen Yemm is hosting a 4 day small garden tour to Normandy including Monet’s and France’s best known Lutyens garden Le Bois des Moutiers – a snip at £2695!

Tales from the Allotments
The big storm 28 Oct swept through the plots but mercifully causing little damage other than apples and pears ripped from the trees.
Most autumn sowing is completed and it is now about pruning, digging and tidying up. Perhaps time to reflect on how the allotment scene has evolved over the years. At Kirton we simply rent a plot of land from the Nassau Trust , a charity which dates back about 200 years and in it self not associated with the National Allotments scheme, so things are quite basic – a patch of land and just get on with it!
No flat caps nowadays of course but a good mixed age group including a sprinkling of not so delicate ladies, but all like minded folk with a sense of humour, to me the most important ingredient.
The winter season is all about physical work to keep warm but in summer there is more time to relax and have a chat, which there is plenty of. Perhaps I should head this column ‘ Tales from the Kirton Debating Society’, believe me we don’t need a parish pump! A glimmer of light amidst the hours of sheer dross which is modern TV, a programme about allotmenteers scheduled for late February on BBC2 (let’s hope it is not about who can grow the largest leek!!).
Next up is the club’s Christmas meeting and so it’s time to thank all members for their splendid support in 2013. It then remains for me to wish all club members and friends, allotment holders, the entire management and staff of Kirton Light Railway(stale cheese rolls 2 for 1 December) and all friends at Roselea Electricity Generating Board (seasonal plants and produce now available) a very happy Christmas and good gardening in 2014.
Stop Press - 83 tickets taken up for our Christmas party for which we have a limit of 100 so contact Jenny if you wish to be there!

Roy Mallett 616