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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society Reports

September and October 2004

Our new season of meetings began on the 27th September. Although we had not had a meeting since the 21st June, there had been one evening visit to the gardens of Lady Nourse at Dullingham, a coach trip in July to Wisley Gardens and the Summer Show on the 9th July. Unfortunately on the evening we visited Dullingham the weather was not very kind but Lady Nourse was very welcoming and we all enjoyed a glass of wine!! Her garden was lovely, but would have been lovelier if the weather had been better!!

The trip to Wisley went very well and we were extremely lucky with the weather on this trip. It started to rain just after we got there, but one of our members went to buy a plastic mac and had no sooner put it on than the rain stopped and it was fine for the rest of the day. Apparently there were thunder storms in many areas whilst we were at Wisley and torrential rain around Wickhambrook that day, so we were extremely lucky. The gardens at Wisley were their usual high standard and there was lots and lots to see. Although the entries were slightly down for the Summer Show, lots of people came to see the exhibits and enjoyed the Show. The flower arranging classes were very well supported this year and they made the hall look so welcoming and colourful. Thanks to everyone who entered any of the classes, because without your support and enthusiasm we would not be able to have a Summer Show.

As many people will already know, our Chairman for the past two years is leaving the area and is going to live by the sea at Hunstanton. David has done a marvellous job and will be sadly missed. No one was keen to volunteer for the Chairpersons job, but in a mad moment I volunteered and at our meeting of the 27th September David officially handed over to me. I will of course try to do a good job, but David is a hard act to follow and we will miss him (and of course Catherine, David's wife, who was a committee member) a great deal. David has a wonderful sense of humour and one of things he will be remembered for were his 'auctioning skills' at our annual bring and buys. David and Catherine will probably be around for some time yet but we all wish them both all the best for their new life in Hunstanton.

The meeting on the 27th September was a talk on 'Orchids' given by Mrs Shirley Patrick of the Ipswich Orchid Society. Her husband came along to help carry the plants into the hall, but he was as knowledgeable as his wife as regards orchids. As well as the plants they brought along they had slides to show which were absolutely beautiful. We all enjoyed listening to their talk and asking them many questions regarding growing and propagating the different kinds of orchids.

On the 22nd November the talk is entitled 'The Winter Garden' by Mr Frances Mount. Please note that this is a change from the talk in our programmes. All meetings begin at 7.30pm in the W.I. Hall and new members will always be made most welcome.

On the 26th November we have our Annual General Meeting, again beginning at 7.30pm in the W.I. Hall. The business is usually very quickly over and then we have an enjoyable cheese and wine evening and chance for a chat amongst ourselves. We will hopefully be able to recruit some new committee members to replace David and Catherine.

Our last meeting of the year, on the 13th December, will be a Grand Quiz Evening. The winner of the quiz will be presented with 'The Flora Cup' and there will be many other super prizes as well.

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Monday 26th February
The next Horticultural Society meeting will be on Monday 26th February at 7.30pm in the WI Hall.  Garden Bugs: Cohabit, Conserve or Control - A presentation by Dr Ian Bedford (Head of Entomology), John Innes Research Institute, Norwich, everyone welcome.

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Members Information

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.

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