March 2015

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

Thurs. 9th. April – Marianne Charles –‘Making Gardening Easier’
7.30pm Village hall

March meeting - Bob Booker – Ladybird Nurseries
For our March meeting we welcomed Bob Booker from Ladybird Nurseries, Snape talking on getting the best from tomatoes, peppers, chillis and aubergines. Bob also brought an array of bedding plants, perennials and patio plants from his nursery for sale. He favours pots or grow bags and gave us a number of tips to aid pollination and curb disease or fruit disorders . 61 members picked up some useful tips. Bob’s Ladybird Nursery is a family run concern and visitors are welcome to Snape 9-5, Mon-Sat, and 10-4 Sundays.
Earlier in the day our friends at WI celebrated their 94th.birthday also with a gardening talk, are they plotting a takeover bid I wonder? I think not, but we are very grateful for the excellent cakes and savouries they donated for our tea break.They have always met in the village hall and the charge of 6 pence per booking in their first year brought the full wrath of the WI on the hall committee! A real handbagging no doubt!

AGM
30 members attended the AGM following the March meeting.
The chairman reported on the club’s activities for 2014. membership was 114 and there was an average attendance at meetings of 63, and 31 for summer evening visits. The year’s activities included a four day trip to Belgium, a summer trip to Lamport Hall and Gardens and a rather soggy garden party at Keeper’s Cottage.
The treasurer presented the club’s audited accounts for 2014 showing a continued sound financial position. Cliff Abbott proposed the club’s auditor, Eric Maule, be granted honorary membership in recognition of his services.
The chairman and treasurer were re-elected ,but there is a vacancy for secretary as Mike is standing down, applications to the chairman. Malcolm Robertson was elected to the committee. Ralph Mowles proposed that officers should stand for 3 years, this will be considered by the committee.
The meeting closed at 9.50 pm.

April meeting – ‘Making Gardening Easier’ – Marianne Charles
7.30pm Village Hall

Marianne is a new speaker for us and I shall be first in the queue , any ideas to make things simple are always welcome! So come along to hear this one, new members always welcome, you can join on the night for only £8. Tickets will also be on sale for our summer outing , see below. Note the early date for this meeting – Thurs. 9th. April.

Summer Outing – Sat. 18 July.
Jenny has fixed a great day out for us this summer. We go for a conducted tour of King’s Seeds, Coggeshall in the morning, and then make our way to Marks Hall Gardens where there will be time to grab a snack before a conducted tour of the grounds. Depart the green 9.00 am, return @ 6.00pm. All this for only £17, tickets on sale at April meeting or from Jenny on 448571.

International Dept. (aka Shaw’s Tours) –Troyes 2015.
We still have two places available for this trip, could be a couple or two single rooms. Contact Alma on 448616 or Joanna on 448784.
We depart Kirton green Thurs. 21 May and return Sun 24 May , travelling by Galloways coach via Eurotunnel and will be based at the Ibis Style Hotel, Troyes on bed and breakfast basis allowing us to sample some of the excellent local restaurants.
As always we will be accompanied by our guide and good friend Johan and his wife Ria. A packed programme is being planned so why not join us and take advantage of the weakening Euro!

Fancy a day out?
Under the National Gardens Scheme Kirtling Tower is open Sundays 29th. March and 12th. April and Richard Ayres’ garden along with Carpenters End is open Sunday 10th. May. Contact Roy on 448616 for details.

Sadly I have to report the passing of two of our members, Brenda Elliott and Tony Long, and also our dear friend Tony Nolloth from the allotments.

Tales from the Allotments

Not much to report at the moment, still quite cold and dry and we are like marathon runners waiting for the gun (rain and warmth) to fire, sorry I am sounding like a farmer for whom the weather is never right! We still have some spare plots available so if you have a sense of humour why not join our merry band.

Roy Mallett 616