The Wickhambrook Horticultural Society was formed in 1889 and is one of the oldest Societies in Wickhambrook.
During the summer months, we organise evening visits to local notable gardens, and have an annual coach visit to more distant locations.
We hold many events throughout the year including the Wickhambrook Flower Show.
Bring along your plants and vegetables. Great event for building up plants in your garden. Plants generally range from 10p up to about £2.50.
Our annual coach trip this year is to RHS Hyde Hall and Green Island Gardens on Wednesday, 12th June. Costs and more details to follow soon but please book early to avoid disappointment. Diane Clarke is organising this day out for us and her telephone number is 01638 500169 if you are interested in the outing.
New hidden gardens to discover in 2013 The Hidden Gardens of Bury, the annual event which raises money for St Nicholas Hospice Care, will be held on Sunday 16 June. Of the 32 gardens included this year, one third are taking part for the first time or are regular supporters opening again after a break. All the gardens featured are within walking distance of each other in the heart of Bury St Edmunds and are hidden behind high walls, houses or businesses bordering the historic streets.
Many gardens will be offering teas and refreshments or have plants and produce for sale and four churches or chapels will be open for visitors who want to eat their lunch or take a rest. The Hidden Gardens has raised more than £270,000 for the hospice which serves West Suffolk.
The event is open from 11am to 5pm and tickets will be available in advance from the Tourist Information Centre in Bury St Edmunds from mid April or the Angel Hill on the day. View the poster
19 Gardens open. Unveiling of the official plaque to John de Lydgate, paella-fest at the Lidgate Star, craft stalls, table top sales, tea/coffee, bacon rolls and cakes plus a giant raffle. All proceeds to go to Lidgate Village Hall Restoration. Garden entry £5 for adults, children under 8 free and 8 - 16 year olds £2.50. 10am - 5pm - a great day out. See poster
Come along to the annual Wickhambrook Flower Show at the MSC Hall with Carnival and other great events at the Recreation Grounds.
We have three Committee meetings during the year plus one 'ladies meeting' where we decide on the items for the Flower Show Schedule.
The Committee, which is elected at our AGM in November, is responsible for arranging meetings, outings and social events which are planned to be as varied and enjoyable as possible.
|Vice Chairman||Stan Bates|
|Outing Secretary||Diane Clarke|
|Show Secretary||Linda Collins|
|Committee Member||Stephen Coe|
|Committee Member||Jean Cook|
|Committee Member||Ann Corlett|
|Committee Member||Brian Hobbins|
|Committee Member||Michael Medcalf|
|Committee Member||John Norton|
|Committee Member||Sally Swift|
|Committee Member||Sylvia Tickner|
|Committee Member||John Tickner|
Our Annual Membership is £5, with meetings costing £1 to members and £2 to non-members. We would love to see some new members and you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.
Subscriptions are payable to the Treasurer each January.
Our talks usually last for about an hour and then we have a chat with other members whilst enjoying tea/coffee and biscuits. The talks cover a range of different aspects of gardening and our programme is planned to provide something of interest to each and everyone of us.
The Wickhambrook Horticultural Society is a thriving and vibrant Society. We hold regular monthly meetings with interesting speakers covering a wide spectrum of garden related subjects.
We have an Annual Summer Show, which is held at the beginning of July each year. The show includes classes for cookery, flower arranging and handicrafts as well as the usual horticultural classes. So there is something for everyone – including children.
Over its long history twenty five fine Cups and Trophies have been presented to the Society to be used as awards for the winners of the various classes at the Show.
If you are interested in joining our Club then please just come along to one of our meetings where you will be made most welcome.
Founded as a colt show, but as the years went on the flower show took over.
Shows were held initially in meadows by the church and at Giffords Hall where tents were put up to afford shelter. When the recreation ground was ready the shows were held in Marquees there. Today our summer shows are held in the Memorial Social Centre.
The Victory show after the war was held at Denston Hall and in aid of the Red Cross, the Society was at that time known as the Wickhambrook, Denston and Stradishall Horticultural and Poultry Society and the show included a children’s pet corner, a pony gymkhana, poultry and rabbit shows, a baby show and a fun fair. There were also sports to compete in and much else to see and do. Now we have the carnival and various other events on Flower Show Day.
Our Centenary year, 1989, was a special one and saw many different events taking place, the highlight being when the Society played host to BBC Radios Gardeners Question Time, an excellent evening when we were joined by members of many other local societies. That year also the quest speaker at our annual dinner was Adam Pascoe, the then editor of Garden News. Then to crown our year our carnival float entitled Centenary 1889 – 1989, and complete with a model cake with 100 candles won the carnival cup.
The Society was also instrumental in planting a tree on the recreation ground in memory of Alf Hicks who was for many years committee member and Secretary and worked to hard for the Flower Show.
The Horticultural Society (oh alright, the Gardening Club) has some excellent speakers to interest and inform us of the many facets of gardening. Please come and join us.