October 2015

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

Next meeting : Thurs. 12th. November – Simon White –‘Holly Wreath Making’
Meeting 7.30pm Village Hall.

October meeting
Guy Barker ‘ Winter Table Displays ‘
For our October meeting it was the ever popular Guy Barker talking on winter table displays. Self taught but guided by his awesome sounding grandmother Guy put together some impressive displays using a variety of plants and shrubs. Guy , of course, is now a self employed gardener and trained at Otley and lives at Wilby with his dog and two cats. He cares for three large gardens in the area and hopefully we may be able to arrange a summer evening visit in 2017.
An entertaining speaker , the evening passed all too quickly.

Committee meeting
A committee meeting was held in October when Jenny presented the programme for 2016 and Ray reported that the new season’s catalogues had been received from Dobies. The club’s finances remain in a healthy state.
Sarah King, secretary and Malcolm Robertson were welcomed on to the committee,

November meeting – Thurs. 12th. November - Simon White – ‘Holly Wreath Making’ - Village Hall 7.30pm.
For our November meeting we welcome Simon White whose seasonal talk is ‘Holly Wreath Making’ . Simon will also be bringing wreath making kits for sale. It’s November so we will really be getting into the swing of things and this means be there early as we will also have our tickets for the Christmas party on sale at £5 for members. You have been warned , get there early!

Christmas party –Thurs. 10th. December – 7.30pm Church Hall
‘Plant Hunter with a Passion’ - Tom Hart Dyke.
Christmas will soon be upon us and we eagerly look forward to our seasonal party when our guest speaker will be Tom Hart Dyke plant hunter extraordinaire. Tom, of TV and RHS fame, travels the world in the pursuit of rare and unusual plants and has been incarcerated for his pains – a plant hunter with a passion indeed.
We will be in the Church Hall for this special evening for which tickets will be on sale to members at the October meeting so make sure to book your place, this promises to be something special.
We will be running a grand draw for club funds and we would welcome prizes to committee members or just bring on the night.
There will be the usual refreshments for which a list will be circulating at the November meeting – are, a list circulating , the answer to the world’s problems!
Two lots of punch will be served , your choice.
So there we are our last event for 2015 – make sure of your ticket!

Dobies Seeds
The committee have agreed to continue with Dobies for the new season. Members will get a whopping 45% discount for seed orders and 10% for non seed.
Ray will have the new catalogues at the November meeting and again members can order direct and get direct delivery from Dobies. If you cannot get to the meeting contact Ray on 448291 for a catalogue.

Programme
Jenny presented next year’s programme to the recent committee meeting and we look forward to a varied selection of speakers including Matt Tanton Brown and a very special Christmas party guest. We will also make a June visit to Home Farm Nacton .
There will be a garden party on Sat. 11 June and a double header day outing on Sat. 9 July, Exotic Gardens Henstead in the morning and Peter Beales Roses Attleborough in the afternoon. So make a date for the first meeting of 2016 on 14th. January to renew your membership. The committee have agreed to keep the membership fee at £8 for 2016.

Tales from the Allotments
The season of mists and mellow fruits is upon us and plot holders are rushing around gathering crops ere the winter storms begin. The pleasure of sharing crops is almost as that of growing. My friend Bob has helped with picking Bramleys and, as an ex fireman, did ladder duties this year. At one stage his specs fell from top of the tree, thankfully Bob was not attached. Rosemary had 999 on speed dial but all is safely gathered in without injury.

Roy Mallett 616