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     Due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, 
  please note that all our monthly meetings in 2020,the trip to           RHS Wisley and the Autumn Show are cancelled 

 We will be resuming the diary in January 2021. As long as government advice allows and it is entirely safe to do so.

  On Friday January 15th we look forward to meeting up with
    you all again and 
inviting one of our favourite speakers,
Dr Ian Bedford, Local Bug man & retired Entomologist.Diary 2021


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How Hill Farm Orchards -April 2020

In February of this year we were fortunate enough to have a trip to How Hill Farm where Nick Coller kindly gave us a lesson and lots of tips on how to prune fruit trees.
It was a very interesting morning.
We were invited back this Spring to come and view the Orchards whilst they were in flower. But obviously due to the present social restrictions we unfortunately will be unable to do this.
So Nick has thought of us and very kindly sent us some photo's.

These two photo's are of the Russet orchard where we were able to practice pruning


This photo is of the Cherry tree.

Let us hope it wont be too long before we get an opportunity
to visit Nick at How Hill Farm again.

2019 Annual Autumn Show- Click here to see photos

Entry numbers to the show were  good, around 350 plus which was better than last year, even due to the very dry growing conditions and members being on holiday. 
The hall looked stunning with a mass of colour from the numerous dahlia exhibits, flowering pot plants and flower arrangements, a real feast for the eyes.

Joanna Berry did exceptionally well by winning Most Points in Section Cut Flowers, Most Points in Section Pot Plants, Best in Section Floral Art and finally Most Points in Show.  A magnificent haul for all her dedication and efforts.

Tim Taylor dominated the Wine classes winning Most Points in Section and Best in Section for his wine.  

Numerous fruit and vegetable entries saw some close competition with Graham Makepeace winning Best in Section for his superb plate of mixed fruit and Most Points in this Section too.  This was capped by Graham finishing as Runner Up for Most Points in Show.  A big well done to him.  

Margaret Wait faced stiff competition in the cookery classes but won Most Points in Section, whilst Pat Reid won Best in Section Cookery, for her very impressive fruit cake. 

Hilary Warner had a successful show with several first places and won Best in Section Cut Flowers for her three gladioli stems.  

Frances Brunning shone in the pot plant classes winning Best in Section Pot Plants & 
Best in Show Horticulture for her stunning pots of three individual orchids. 

Tracy Chapman won the People‚Äôs Choice Award (voted for by the visitors) for her stunning flower arrangement entitled Rusty Richness.  

The craft classes saw a win for Steve Pratchett with his stunning painting who then went on to win Best in Section Craft and Best in Show Non-Horticulture.  

Susan Carter won Most Points in Section Craft for her numerous entries in this section.  

Janice Green was victorious in the Grow a Plug Plant Geranium with a magnificent specimen.

First time entrants Donna Griffiths won the Novice Class for Flower Arranging and son Leo won Most Points in Section and Best in Show for the under 6 years of age classes.

A vote of thanks goes to all the people who gave up their time, which helped to make the Show possible and to the individuals and local businesses who donated raffle and tombola prizes.