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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society Reports

APRIL - MaY 2011

Our meeting on the 18th April was a talk given by Alan Harris entitled "The Begonia Year". Mr Harris is a Committee Member of the Begonia Society, an enthusiastic grower of hundreds of begonias who has won many awards and cups, and a well known begonia judge. His slides took us through the year from spring-time when the corms are started off, until the plants start to die ready for their winter rest. His flowering plants were "mouth-wateringly-lovely" and Mr Harris is obviously dedicated to his art. Some of his slides took us to Ayr Begonia Show - the best in the country Mr Harris believed - and where he had been judging the begonias. He said that the Scots are the best growers of Begonias in the country. Mr Harris was warmly thanked by Dorothy Lightley for a most enjoyable talk and lovely slides.

In May we had our annual bring and buy sale. I was on holiday when this took place but I have been told that it was a successful evening much enjoyed by all those present. Apparently all the plants etc taken to the sale were successfully found new homes. I hope that they have survived the severe drought which the gardens have been suffering from during the past few months. It has been raining steadily this morning which I am sure will do all the gardens a great deal of good. At long last our three water butts have been refilled and hopefully the grass will be turning green again.

On Monday 27th June our speaker is Guy Barker giving a talk entitled "Summer Colours - Summer Plants - their care and propagation. As usual this meeting will be in the W.I. Hall beginning at 7.30 p.m. and everyone will be very welcome.

This is just another reminder about our Summer Flower Show on Saturday 9th July. This year we will not have the benefit of the Wickhambrook Fayre on the same date, due to the fact there are not enough people prepared to stage this long running Fayre. We shall therefore need as many people to support our Flower Show as possible. So do please come along to support this long-running village event. The Show is open to the public from 2 o'clock onwards, with the presentation of the cups taking place at approximately 4 o'clock. There will hopefully be lots of flower arrangements, flowers, fruits and vegetables to see as well as children's exhibits, handicrafts and cookery sections. As usual the Wickhambrook school children are putting on an exhibition of their school work which is always interesting.

There is still time to get a Schedule either from the Shop or from Jackie Fieldsend (01440 820108). The Schedule lists all the items that can be entered and each entry costs just 10p. Please note that entries have to be made on Wednesday evening, 6th July in the W.I. Hall between 6.30 and 8.30 p.m.

As well as the Flower Show in the Main Hall and the Billiard Room, the Local History Society are staging an exhibition in the Bar Room which will be well worth a good look around.

Also taking place on the field is a Car Boot Sale organised by Wickhambrook Youth Club and a Bouncy Castle and Barbecue organised by the Cubs and Scouts.

Lastly and far from least there will be W I teas and cakes to enjoy in the W.I. Hall from 1.30 p.m. onwards, so do come along and have a lovely afternoon out.

Jackie Fieldsend

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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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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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