February 2020


March meeting
‘Natural Pest Control for the Garden’ Julian Ives, Dragonfli
Thurs. 12th. March 7.30pm Village Hall

February meeting
– we welcomed the Notcutts little and large show in the shape of Darren Brooks and Rob Canham talking on ‘ House Plants ‘. The history of house plants goes back a long way, remains of indoor plants being discovered in the ruins of Pompeii.In the old days houses were too cold for tender plants but nowadays homes are warm and light there has been a vast increase in the last 10/15 years. House plants are easy to care for, better to water from the bottom and feed every two weeks Feb – Sept. There are plants that suit any room in the house including the smallest. They are very rewarding and if you have any problems there is always Notcutts who will offer free advice. Darren and Rob provided a professional and interesting evening and brought plants for sale. A great night enjoyed by 60 members and guests and concluded with a lively question and answer session.

March meeting – Julian Ives, Dragonfli
For our March meeting we welcome Julian Ives from Dragonfli. Dragonfli are based at Hedingham near Halstead, and offer the largest range of biological pest control in the UK. This is Julian’s first visit to the club and we look forward to hearing how we can control the army of nasties that threaten our gardens and allotments. So it’s Thurs. 12th. March and we kick off at 7.30 at the village hall when we experiment with the AGM before Julien’s talk.

AGM - Thurs 12th. March 7.30 pm Village Hall.
AGM time again and we have to elect chairman, treasurer, secretary, auditor and committee members. The treasurer will present the audited accounts for 2019 and there will be a report on the club’s activities for last year. So be there at 7.30 and have your say! Following the AGM we will have a talk by Julian Ives from Dragonfli.

So we are well into our twentieth year and if you have not already renewed your membership you can do this by coming along to the March meeting. Membership for the whole year is still only £10 so come along and get your membership card with the programme for 2020.

Dobies seeds
The 2020 catalogues are still available and you can get yours at the March meeting and take advantage of the special discounts available to members.

March Raffle
Malcom will be organising the March raffle and he would welcome any donations of prizes.

I hope to be running the produce stall so if you have any surplus items please bring them along for sale - all for club funds. I also have a selection of second hand ( something of Nick Bailey must have rubbed off on me!)garden tools available. It will be March when these notes are read and we can get on with sowing for the new season, I have some butternut squash seeds if of interest. Don’t forget Roselea will have a range of veg plants if you do not want to raise your own.

After the two inaugural public meetings in the village hall things moved swiftly, a working party was appointed and at the following March our first AGM converted the working party into officers and committee members. Debbie and Hester worked minor miracles to put together a programme of speakers and visits for 2001. All very much on a wing and a prayer with no money in the bank however, over 100 joined as members and at £5 a head we were solvent and had strong support! The 2001 programme set the pattern for future years with nine speakers and three summer evening visits. Thanks to Debbie and Hester’s contacts at Notcutts we only had one paid speaker in 2001 – Karen Kenny at a princely sum of £20! The strong membership spurred Dick on to arrange our very first summer outing when two full coach loads paid an all day visit to RHS gardens Hyde Hall. We became affiliated to the RHS which gave us free membership to their gardens, a benefit for the club over the years. The club also had RHS insurance cover.
A few people have asked about the original officers and committee , those elected at the first AGM were, Chairman, Roy M, Secretary Sue Parrish, Treasurer Dick S, Auditor Eric Maule, committee - bulk buying Ray Bignell, catering Yvonne L, library Mike Sampson, programme Hester and Debbie, car lifts Ralph M. Also the following gave free talks in the first year – Yvonne L, Bev Ling, John Coles, Debbie and Shirley S.

Sad to report the passing of two founder members, Joy Bignell and Geoff Quinton, our condolences to the families.

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