December 2011 meeting

Christmas meeting – Adrian Bloom – 90 members and guests were privileged to welcome our guest speaker, managing director of the world famous Blooms Nursery of Bressingham. Adrian’s father Alan started the business in the nineteen fifties andAdrian and brother Rob developed the business creating the Blooms of Bressingham brand in 1985. Adrian has designed gardens worldwide, many with large acreages, is the author of many books , presents for national television in UK and USA and travels regularly to USA, Japan, New Zealand , Australia and now Kirton! Adrian and father Alan are the only father and son to simultaneously hold the prestigious Victoria Medal of Honour, granted by the RHS. His slide presentation was excellent and featured his own Foggy Bottom and Dell gardens, plus various overseas gardens that he has helped design.
So another big name to come to Kirton and Falkenham G. Club and another great evening. Our thanks to all who helped with eats, and also draw prizes , Debbie for organising the draw, Dick Cathie and Hester for drinks and all who helped on the night. Thanks also for your great support on a cold and wet evening.

January meeting – Thurs. 12 January Village Hall 7.30
Matthew Tanton-Brown – Evergreens
January 12th and it all starts over again. We welcome for the first time Matthew Tanton-Brown (he once guided us around ‘A Place For Plants‘) and his illustrated talk will be on evergreens. January is the month for membership renewal and once again Dick has done his bit to beat the credit crunch by keeping membership at £5. So make sure of your membership by turning up on the 12th., new members will receive our new style membership card for 2012.

2012 Programme
We have a full and varied programme for the new year including some great speakers. In February our first ever winter’s evening visit will see us at the Bosch factory in Stowmarket for a conducted tour of the operations. Thanks to Debbie for making this possible. Our AGM is in March after Adam Paul has given us a talk on sowing seeds. Also at the March meeting we will open bookings for our annual outing which will be to the RHS gardens at Wisley on Sat. 8th. September, our visit also coincides with the annual flower show. A lot of people will want to go on this trip so be there in March to make sure of your place. Cost £16 members/£18 guests. Other speakers for 2012 include Guy Barker, Peter Webb, Anne Etheridge and Ken Crowther. There will be four summer evening visits and also a trip to the annual specialist plant fayre at Blacksmith’s Cottage , Langmere on Sat. 1st. September.
Karen Allison and Heather Baxter are kindly hosting our summer garden party Sat. 7th. July. Our year ends with a Christmas extravaganza fronted by Ben Potterton on Thurs. 13th. December. This will be our busiest ever programme so come along on Jan. 12th. and secure your annual membership for a mere £5 – hurry while stocks last!

Rouen 25/28 May 2012
The international dept. are in the throes of arranging our 4 day trip to Normandy. As usual a full and varied programme is planned and we will be based at Hotel D’ Angleterre in Rouen. A Galloways tour class coach has been booked and we will travel via Eurotunnel. Johan will again be our guide for the weekend. At the time of writing there are only two seats left but we will be happy to hold names on a waiting list. If interested contact Alma (448616) or Jo ( 448784). A news sheet with outline details should be with those booked in January.

Committee
Sheila Wardner has asked to stand down from the committee at the March AGM. Sheila has done a great job for us on the committee over the last few years and has earned her chance to seek pastures new. This does mean that we will be looking for new blood to join the committee in March – any offers?

Tom Mellors
Tom Mellors died at the end of November. Tom was an enthusiastic founder member of our club and his presence and dry humour will be missed. Our sympathy goes out to Alison and her family.

Website
In order to communicate with our wide spread membership club notes and information appear in the club pages of our village web site – www.kirton-suffolk.info, click on ‘organisations’ then Gardeners Club (thanks to Martin Richmond-Hardy for this facility).
Finally a very happy new year to you all and enjoy your gardening in 2012.

Roy Mallett 448616