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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society Reports

February - March 2011

There was a good attendance for Nigel Start’s talk on the 21st February on “Self Sufficiency from your Garden”.  As the title of the talk suggests, Mr Start is an enthusiastic and dedicated vegetable and fruit grower and he told us that he has provided nearly all the fruit and vegetables for his family for the past thirty years.  He is now retired from full time employment, but he was still able to do this even when he had a full time job.   We were amazed and wondered how he found the time to do anything else!!  

Mr Rodney Tibbs made a welcome return for our March monthly meeting to talk to us on “Cambridge Colleges and their Gardens”.  Mr Tibbs has spoken many times to the Horticultural Society, the W.I. and the Local History Society and his talks are always interesting, regardless of the subject.  This proved to be the case yet again and the many people in the audience (about double our usual number) verified this.  There are some really beautiful gardens behind the college walls in Cambridge, some of them quite large, and Mr Tibbs’ slides just made you want to get your coat on and start visiting them.  The college gardens included in Mr Tibbs’ talk were all really close to the centre of Cambridge and would make a welcome oasis during a visit to Cambridge.  Thanks Mr Tibbs for a very enjoyable evening. 

In place of the usual Social Evening which we have in March, it was decided this year to visit Scotsdales Nursery to have a look around and to have a meal in the Conservatory there.  So on Friday 25th March, twenty five of our members set off from the M.S.C.  We all met up at 12 noon for our meal there and then members could spend as much time there as they wished.  This seemed to work very well and all the people I spoke to said they had enjoyed their meal.  Scotsdales gave all of us a 10% off voucher which helped towards the costs of our purchases.  A very pleasant day out.

Our April meeting is on Monday 18th and is a talk entitled “The Begonia Year” by Alan Harris.

Our meeting on Monday 16th May is our annual Coffee Evening and bring and buy, so do come along and join us.  There will be lots of plants, seedlings, cuttings etc. for your own garden, all at bargain prices.

Then on Monday, 27th June we welcome Guy Barker who is going to talk on “Summer Colours - Summer Plants - their care and propagation”.  As usual, the above evenings are in the W.I. Hall and begin at 7.30 p.m.

One of our members, Diane Clarke, is organising a coach outing to Wisley gardens on Wednesday 15th June.  This leaves Wickhambrook Village Hall car park at 8.30 a.m. and will leave Wisley at 5 p.m.  The cost of this outing is £15 (which includes entrance into the gardens) and if you would like to come please contact either Diane on 01638 500 169 or Jackie Fieldsend on 01440 820108.

Free Schedules for our Summer Flower Show on Saturday 9th July are now available from the shop or from Jackie Fieldsend at 8 Croft Close.   I make an appeal every year for as many people as possible to enter something, anything into the Show.  There is no Carnival or Wickhambrook Fayre this year, but there are other things going on during that day.  Wickhambrook Local History Society is staging an exhibition, the Youth Club are organising a Car Boot Sale, the Cubs and Scouts are organising a bouncy castle and barbecue and the W.I. are doing their usual excellent teas/coffees and home made cakes in the W.I. Hall.  So it will be a lovely afternoon out.  But we cannot put on a Flower Show without entries and there are lots of categories for people to have a go.  There are flowers, fruit and vegetables, flower arranging, cookery and handicrafts and various categories for the children to enter.  It is only 10p an item, so pick up a Schedule to see all the different items that can be entered and have a go.  You will see from the Schedule that entries have to be made on the Wednesday evening previous to the Show - that is Wednesday, 6th July between 6.30 and 8.30 p.m. and there is an entry form in the Schedule.  Please support us.

Jackie Fieldsend

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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society

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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