November 2014

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

Thurs. 11th. December, Christmas meeting – Nick Hamilton, ‘ Barnesdale After Geoff ‘ - 7.30pm Church Hall by ticket.

November meeting
We welcomed local farmer Andrew Williams from Home Farm Nacton, talking on modern day farming . He farms some 3000 acres including more than 10% dedicated to organic vegetable production. Most impressive were the pictures of a wide range of expensive, high tech, equipment in use including tractors fitted with GPS systems working to one inch accuracy. Amazingly Andrew can control and monitor his giant irrigation equipment remotely by mobile phone from his breakfast table!
The organic veg tends to be labour intensive and of course more expensive in the shops. Andrew’s illustrated talk was informative and entertaining for the 58 members present. He brought some of his prize veg for sale in aid of Children in Need and as he made no charge the club also made a donation.

Thurs. 11th. December – Christmas meeting 7.30pm Church Hall Nick Hamilton – “Barnesdale after Geoff’’.
Next up is our long awaited Christmas get together when Nick Hamilton will be with us to talk about life at Barnesdale after Gardeners World’s popular presenter.
We will be in the Church Hall for this ticket only event which will follow our tried and tested formula.
On the food front if you were not at the November meeting to get your name on the list, contact Alma 616 or Jo 784 if you wish to contribute. There will be the usual mix of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
Debbie will be masterminding the annual raffle and will welcome any prizes.
There will be a special little Christmas gift for members on the night!
Tickets are £5 from Jenny 571 if you have been dragging your heels.
So, look forward to seeing you on our last event for 2014, and don’t forget we are in the church hall.

Dobies Seeds
Dobies new seed catalogues for 2015 were available at the November meeting and if you missed that one and would like the new season’s catalogue with order form contact Ray on 291.
There is a change for the new season – you send your order form direct to Dobies with your payment , but you will still receive your discount of 50% seeds and 15% other goods. All details are on the order form, orders will be delivered to your home address which must be on the form.

Int. Dept. (aka Shaw’s Tours) Troyes, France 21/24 May 2015
At the time of writing there is just one single place left for next year’s trip but we will be happy to take names for a waiting list.
Having booked our hotel (Ibis Styles) in Troyes, Galloways touring charabanc, and secured tunnel crossings, all goes quiet for a bit while Jo and Johan plan our programme of visits. Should be an update around February. If you are flush it might be worth a punt to buy euros now as the rate is still good although the way the eurocrat clowns are behaving themselves the pound might even get stronger.

Royal Horticultural Society
Sorry to report that the RHS has withdrawn the arrangement whereby members of affiliated clubs qualify for concessionary tickets for RHS shows. Apologies to members who had problems with this earlier in the year but the RHS failed to notify us of the change.

Membership fee
The committee have decided to increase the club membership fee to £8 for 2015. The existing fee of £5 has applied since the club’s formation in 2000 and although the club’s finances are sound it is felt an increase is justified.
The club’s annual programme is paramount and fees for speakers and travelling costs have increased sharply, and Jennie has to search further a field for new faces.
The increase will also help the club cover refreshments for summer evening visits and avoid the chore of collecting monies on the night.
The club will now also lose commission from Dobies for administering the annual orders.

January meeting – Thurs. 8th. January – 7.30pm Village Hall
James Baker – “The Greenway Project”Importance of Gardens for Wildlife.

An advance notice of our first meeting for 2015 when James Baker will be talking on the Greenway Project. You will be able to renew your membership of the club (£8)) for 2015 and claim your membership card with the year’s programme.
Now, don’t get caught out, the eighth is the earliest date for our meetings, no good turning up on the 15th!!

Tales from the Allotments
Buried under farmer Johnson’s recent delivery of gold top!

As this will be the last Review until February – to our members, allotment colleagues, our good friends at the WI (thanks for warming the hall and those delicious cakes), Roselea Express, the entire staff at Kirton Light Railway, we wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year – and good gardening!

Roy Mallett 616