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19th Feb 2015 23rd Feb 2015 23rd March 2015 21st April 2015 27th April 2015
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Meeting & AGM at 8.00pm on 22nd June 2015 in The Methodist Hall.

AGM.
Chair’s Report
was given by Liz Howard.
Secretary’s Report was given by Terry Truebody.
Treasurer’s Report was given by Angie Chillcott.
Election of Officers – All other officers are willing to stand for 1 more year.

General Business.
• Betty Salthouse gave a report of the GFGS AGM at Colesbourne Gardens.
• It was suggested that a summary of the years activities/events should be published in the Parish Magazine. TT to expedite.
• It was suggested that other gardening clubs should be included in email reminders.
• A member enquired whether there was a way to get free advertisements in local papers/magazines. This is already being done – Hillesley Happenings and Badminton Magazine.

We finished the evening with an informal get-together with wine and nibbles and a sensory quiz.

 
 
Committee Meeting at 7.30pm on 16th June 2015 at The Fox.

Minutes of meeting.
Attendees – Diane Deacon, Liz Howard, Lucy Kantaris,
Linda Robinson, Pat Sherry.
Apologies – Angie Chilcott,
Terry Truebody.

Plant Sale – 16 May.
Great event. Tables £30, plants £112.10, teas £78.10, Kemps Plants £34.40. Total £254.60

2015 Trips.
• Day trip to Hestercombe on Saturday 30th May 2015. A wonderful trip although Cadbury Garden Centre was a little disappointing. 32 people attended. Made £42.20 profit which will used for the refreshments at the AGM
• Evening visit to Wyndcliffe Court near Chepstow on Thursday 6th July 2015. c £9.50 ea. £4.50 for cake and drink. 24 booked.
• Evening visit to Bristol University Botanical Gardens on Monday 27th July 2015. c £4.50 ea. Pay for your own refresgments. 31 booked.

AGM.
• AGM Monday 22nd June. Committee to provide wine and nibbles. Liz to devise light-hearted sensory quiz.

AOB
• It was suggested that the club should take over maintenance of the area around the bus shelter and the frontage of The Fox. It was agreed that the bus shelter project should go ahead but that The Fox should be responsible for their own frontage.
• Glos Fed AGM suggested tht clubs should check what happens to funds should clubs fold. Our Constitution seems to have this covered.

Next committee meeting – Tuesday 15th September at 7.30pm in The Fox.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on 27th April 2015 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.

2015 Trips.
• Day trip to Hestercombe on Saturday 30th May 2015 leaving The Plain at 0830. Visiting Cadbury garden Centre on way back. Members £20. Others £23. Not yet full.
• Evening visit to Wyndcliffe Court near Chepstow on Monday 6th July 2015 departing at 1700. c £9.50 ea.
• Evening visit to Bristol University Botanical Gardens on Monday 27th July 2015 departing at 1715. c £4.50 ea.
• AGM Monday 22nd June. Possibly held at Westonbirt School. LK pursuing.

Plant Sale – 16 May.
All under control. Request was made for plants and cakes.

Tips & Wrinkle.
Which? Report that old compost is still being sold so they are not allowing their logo to be used.

Our speaker for April was Adam Alexander who gave a talk on ‘Gardens of the Mekong’.
Adam is the Seed Guardian for the Heritage Seed Library of Garden Organic. He visited Mekong River in Laos to collect exotic seeds which may be under threat. Adam seeks out little, old ladies in markets as most are likely to have seeds passed down through generations. He also had some exotic food to eat including fruit bats, frogs, tarantula spiders and cockroaches all of which he said were delicious!
Land along the Mekong is incredibly fertile as the river floods every year meaning that 2 or 3 crops can be grown in six months although this is under threat due to dams being built in China, Vietnam and Laos.
At home he gardens a-la Bob Flowerdew and reuses & recycles. He has persuaded everyone in his village to grow same variety of runner bean so his beans will come true to variety (he gave them the seed).
He says to save your own seeds to get best results as many seed companies now source their seeds from China so you may not get what you are expecting and never buy seeds online. He had a supply of seeds and plants so expect some exotic vegetables at the Show this year.

 
 
Committee Meeting at 7.30pm on 21st April 2015 at The Fox.

Minutes of meeting.
Attendees – Diane Deacon, Liz Howard, Lucy Kantaris, Pat Sherry, Terry Truebody.
Apologies – Angie Chilcott, Linda Robinson.

2015 Trips.
• Day trip to Hestercombe on Saturday 30th May 2015. Members £20. Others £23. 29 booked, need 2 more to break even.
• Evening visit to Wyndcliffe Court near Chepstow on Thursday 16th July 2015. c £9.50 ea. £4.50 for cake and drink. 26 booked.
• Evening visit to Bristol University Botanical Gardens on Monday 27th July 2015. c £4.50 ea. Pay for your own refresgments. 31 booked.

Plant Sale – 16 May.
All under control.
LK will organise float money.
Volunteers to supply refreshments to be sought at next club meeting.

AOB.
• AGM Monday 22nd June. Possibly held at Westonbirt School. LK pursuing. Need more member interest – only 15 on list.

Next committee meeting – TBD.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on 23rd March 2015 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.
2015 Trips.
•   Day trip to Hestercombe on Saturday 30th May 2015. Members £20. Others £23.
•   Evening visit to Wyndcliffe Court near Chepstow on Monday 6th July 2015. c £9.50 ea.
•   Evening visit to Bristol University Botanical Gardens on Monday 27th July 2015. c £4.50 ea.
•   AGM Monday 22nd June. Possibly held at Westonbirt School. LK pursuing.

Plant Sale – 16 May.
All under control.

Tips & Wrinkles.
TT read an extract from an amusing magazine article by Anne Wareham about garden pests :–
One person's amazing solution does absolutely nothing for the next person. All pests are not equal: some are easily foiled but others have uncanny abilities.
It is a mystery why some slugs, with apparently little brain or expertise in experiments, will happily find a way to scale any obstacle, even a razor blade or shards of glass, while others are deterred by a little grit. The progress of slugkind depends on defeating human ingenuity. Some moles run a mile from the noise of a child's windmill stuck in the ground, so we are told. Others would not be deterred by a landmine but would plough on relentlessly through your lawn. The lesson, is to know your own pests, watch and learn from their behaviour, see what dents their confidence.
But beware, at all costs, the garden expert. Your desperation will make you vulnerable and eager for 'infallible’ solutions, but the garden 'expert' has acquired this status by no better means than having attended a horticultural course some time in the previous century, or perhaps having written amiable nonsense about deterring deer with lion dung. In short; look to the squirrel and learn. You need his persistence, determination, and ingenuity to stand a chance of protecting your garden.

Our speaker for March was Sally Nex who gave a talk on ‘Behind The Scenes At Chelsea’. Sally is a garden journalist and is able to see what goes on at shows before the public is allowed in. Chelsea is particularly interesting in that in order to remain the best flower show in the world the exhibitors have to comply with very strict rules. What we see on the day has involved some very intricate. painstaking and expensive work behind the scenes. Nevertheless there is always humour and camaraderie in abundance.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on 23rd February 2015 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.
2015 Trips.
•   Day trip to Hestercombe on Saturday 30th May 2015. Members £20. Others £23.
•   Evening visit to Wyndcliffe Court near Chepstow on Monday 6th July 2015. c £9.50 ea.
•   Evening visit to Bristol University Botanical Gardens on Monday 27th July 2015. c £4.50 ea.
•   AGM Monday 22nd June. Possibly held at Westonbirt School. LK pursuing.

Plant Sale – 16 May.
All under control.

Suttons Seeds.
Orders are well over £250 gross so our 40% discount is assured.

Tips & Wrinkles.
•   The latest edition of Gardening Which has reversed last years recommendation for B&Q compost. It would seem that you should choose whatever make that takes your fancy. Now there’s a surprise!
•   TT extolled the virtues of Brukale, a new vegetable on the block. All members are instructed to grow it.
•   John Weaver has been experiencing ‘strange-goings-on’ in his vegetable patch. During the night something has been pulling his sprout plants down to the ground and stripping the stalks of produce whilst leaving no trace of tracks or spoor on the soft ground. After setting up a camera he discovered it to be a blooming large rabbit wearing snow shoes – no, I jest, it wasn’t all that large.

AOB.
The Hawkesbury Upton recycling site will close at midnight on 31st March.

Our speaker for February was Nathalie Mignotte who gave a talk on ‘Gardens of Versailles’. A lover of and frequent visitor to Versailles, Nathalie gave an impassioned and infomative presentation of the garden rooms and fountains at the palace and at Marie Antoinettes nearby Le Petit Trianon.

 
 
Committee Meeting at 7.30pm on 19th February 2015 at The Fox.

Minutes of meeting.
Attendees – Angie Chilcott, Diane Deacon, Liz Howard, Linda Robinson, Lucy Kantaris, Pat Sherry, Terry Truebody.
Apologies – N/A

2015 Trips.
•   Day trip to Hestercombe on Saturday 30th May 2015. Members £20. Others £23.
•   Evening visit to Wyndcliffe Court near Chepstow on Monday 6th July 2015. c £9.50 ea.
•   Evening visit to Bristol University Botanical Gardens on Monday 27th July 2015. c £4.50 ea.

Plant Sale – 16 May.
All under control.

Suttons Seeds.
Orders are well over the required amount to get the discount.

Finances.
27 paid-up members. Good credit in bank.

AOB.
•   AC suggested that we have a quiz ready should a speaker not make it to a meeting. AC will prepare one.
•   AGM Monday 22nd June. Possibly held at Westonbirt School. LK pursuing.

Next committee meeting – Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 7.30pm in The Fox.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on 24th November 2014 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.
Trips / outings for 2015
May 30th – Coach trip to Hestercombe in Somerset.
July 6th - Wyndcliffe Court near Chepstow.
July 27th – Bristol University Botanical Gardens.

The Christmas Skittles Social is on 22nd December and the food will include sandwiches, samosas and spring rolls. I am reliably informed that this is what Mark at The Beaufort Arms customarily serves for funeral wakes. I am not sure what this implies.

Seed Orders
Keep it going. Let Diane know how much you have spent.

Tips & Wrinkles.
LH reminded members to look at the website for news and tips.

Our speaker for the evening was Nick Wray from the University of Bristol who talked about Darwin and The Beagle.
Nick is clearly a great fan of Charles Darwins achievements. He is much impressed by the fact that Darwin undertook the voyage on The Beagle, which was scheduled to last for 2 years but actually lasted for 5 years, at the tender age of 22. Indeed the ships captain, Robert Fitzroy, who was a close friend, was only 26. Darwin was often dropped off on the shore of some strange land and left to fend for himself for months at a time whilst the ship went off surveying the ocean. No www or cell phones then of course, just him and wild world.
Nicks enthusiastic manner made his talk highly entertaining and informative.
He gave us an update on how Darwins work in plant studies was continuing at Bristol University Earth Sciences department and also what was happening at the University Botanical Gardens.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on 27th October 2014 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.

Hawkesbury Show – The club class this year was won by Gill Truebody.

Trips / outings for 2015
Proposals for 2015 are :-
May 30th – Coach trip to Hestercombe in Somerset.
June/July – evening visit to Wyndcliffe Court near Chepstow.
July 27th – Bristol University Botanical Gardens.
Possible weekend away in 2016 – somewhere like Harrogate?

Plant Sale 2015
Plant Sale to be Saturday 16th May 2015.

Seed Orders
Sutton Seeds have instigated a new system for members seed/plant orders – Diane Musty explained that individuals are to order directly from Suttons quoting a club code. Club discount will be same as now. Let Diane know how much you have spent.

Tips & Wrinkles.
It would appear that the search for a cure for Bizzie Lizzie mildew has been abandoned. Nothing seems to work.

There was this experiment to find out what is the best way to deter snails from eating your plants. Snails were collected and put overnight in a box lined with green paper towels. A few maize leaves were put in for their supper. In the morning researchers were dismayed to find that the snails had eaten the paper towels and not touched the leaves. Methinks therefore that the best way to keep snails off your plants is to surround them thar plants with green paper towels. But don’t let the EU know what you’re doing. They’ll want to ban it.

Our speaker for the evening was Caroline Sheldrick who talked about Medicinal Herbs in the Garden. And a very interesting talk it was too. Caroline outlined the uses and effects of many common plants, explaining that people have always used plants as medicines, learning over the centuries which plants were effective for their common complaints. Indeed plants are still the main source of medicine for 70% of the world's population. Many organic compounds found in plants have pharmacological action in the human body. Orthodox medicines are generally petrochemical copies of the active constituents of these compounds whereas herbalists use extracts of the whole plant thus making a gentler medicine without unwanted side effects.
All, though, is currently not well in the herbalist world because the jolly old EU has come up with the ‘Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive’ which seeks to control and licence every single herbal product. Costs for individual herbalists to comply with the directive will of course be prohibitive. Even though the European Medicines Agency has published a damning report on the directive there is zero chance that common sense will prevail and the law repealed.
Herbalism as we know it is probably doomed and, if we are not careful, all the knowledge accumulated over the centuries could easily be lost.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on 22nd September 2014 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.
Hawkesbury Show – The club class this year was won by Gill Truebody.

Trips / outings for 2015
Proposals for 2015 are :-
May 30th – Coach trip to Hestercombe in Somerset.
July 27th – Bristol University Botanical Gardens.
Possible evening visit to Wyndcliffe Court near Chepstow.
‘Interest’ lists will be on the table from next month.

Plant Sale 2015
Plant Sale to be Saturday 16th May 2015.

Seed Orders
Sutton Seeds have instigated a new system for members seed/plant orders – Diane Musty explained that individuals are to order directly from Suttons quoting a club code. Club discount will be same as now.

Our speaker for the evening was Mr. A.J. Pedrick from Evesham who talked about wall shrubs and climbers. He explained some simple yet oft ignored facts and tips about climbers:-
1.  Use vine eyes to keep climbers away from walls.
2.  If you are wondering why the clematis that you planted in 1945 seems a little worse for wear it might be that it needs a bit of feeding right now.
3.  Use slow release feed blocks when planting in pots. If you buy a potted climber from a nursery and the compost has a block of little yellow balls do not complain to the seller - they are not slug eggs. Slug eggs are white.
4.  There are 5 steps to pruning – secateurs, lopper, hand saw, chain saw and JCB. It’s your choice.
5.  To check if a pot plant needs watering stick your thumb in the compost. If your thumb stays dirty after you’ve wiped it on your clothes then the compost is wet enough. This is called a ‘Rule of Thumb’. This is probably an illegal piece of advice since thumbs have not been authorised by the EU for this use – see item 6.
6.  If your thumb comes out clean then the compost is very dry. Put a few drops of washing-up liquid in the water. This will help the compost to absorb the water. Please note that this advice is actually discouraged by the EU because it is not the primary use of washing-up liquid which makes it illegal to disseminate which makes it necessary for all of us to tell as many people as possible.
This man from Evesham comes with a laughter warning and will be very welcome to visit us again.

 
 
Committee Meeting at 7.30pm on 15th September 2014 in The Beaufort Arms.

Minutes of meeting.
Attendees – Angie Chilcott, Liz Howard, Lucy Kantaris, Linda Robinson, Pat Sherry, Terry Truebody.
Apologies – Diane Deacon

Plant Sale 2015
Plant Sale to be Saturday 16th May 2015. TT to book hall.

Trips / outings for 2015
Trips for 2014 were all a great success. Thank you to Lucy for arranging them. Proposals for 2015 are :-
May 30th – Coach trip to Hestercombe in Somerset.
July 27th – Bristol University Botanical Gardens.
Possible evening visit to Wyndcliffe Court near Chepstow.

AGM – 22nd June 2015
Possible use of Westonbirt School combined with a tour of their garden.

Speakers.
LR and PS have arranged a good set of speakers for the coming year. List to be emailed to TT.

Septembers speaker will be bringing plants to sell. Members to be asked not to bring their own plants for sale to the meeting. TT to include in email.

Seed Orders
Sutton Seeds have instigated a new system for members seed/plant orders – individuals are to order directly from Suttons quoting a club code. Diane Musty will explain further at the next club meeting.
It was suggested that to encourage new members the seed deal should be publicised in the Parish magazine.

Hawkesbury Show
AC noted that the Show schedule states that ‘Prizes’ will be awarded by the Gardening club. TT to get that changed to ‘A certificate’ will be awarded by the Gardening club.

Next committee meeting – Monday 17th November at 7.30 at the Beaufort Arms.

 
 

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