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MINUTES OF MEETINGS 2015/2016

Minutes 2014/2015 15th Sep 2015 28th Sep 2015 20th Oct 2015 26th Oct 2015
23rd Nov 2015 26th Jan 2016 22nd Feb 2016 15th Mar 2016 21st Mar 2016
24th April 2016 17th May 2016 23rd May 2016 20th Sep 2016
 
Committee Meeting at 7.30pm on 20th September 2016 in The Fox.

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

Feedback from Summer trips was good. Enjoyed by all.

2017 Speakers – List complete. TT to prepare membership cards and update website.

Christmas Social –This will be skittles and nibbles at The Beaufort Arms on 19th December. Free to members and guests.

Financial Update. The club finances are well in credit and will easily cover the expected costs for the coming year.

AGM. 26th September – Wine & Nibbles, no speaker, a quiz of sorts and a raffle.
The committee are happy to stand for another year.
Membership fee to remain as is.

2017 Trips – Lucy has this well in hand.

Plant Sale 2017 – TT to check date for Badminton Horse Trials and make Parish Hall booking for 1 week before or after this. (Post meeting note – Badminton = 3rd to 7th May. Plant Sale = 13th May)

Next meeting - Thursday 20th October at 7.30 at the Fox.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on  23rd May 2016 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.
Plant Sale. – Saturday 7th May – good result although profit was a little down on last year.

Proposed 2016 Trips.
1. Hampton Court, nr Leominster in Herefordshire – Saturday 11th June.
2. Hook House Garden & Pottery - Monday evening 27th June.
3. Dewstowe - Sunday evening 24th July.

The GFGS AGM will be on Saturday 11th June which clashes with our outing to Hampton Court. No one was willing to forego their charabanc trip to go to Quedgley Village Hall instead.

Our speaker for the evening was Tim Hancock from Tortworth Plant Centre who gave a talk about Herbaceous Perennials. He brought along a lot of plants to sell and was not disappointed by the response. His best advice was about watering plants – you should water at the bottom of the plant using a watering can or hose – now there’s a surprise.

 
 
Committee Meeting at 7.30pm on 17th May 2016 in The Fox.

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

Financial Update.
Lucy has been very busy sorting out the accounts and reported t hat we have over £1600 in the bank. The committee members feel that as we are not a profit making organisation we should disperse some of this to the members in reduced prices for coach trips or make the Christmas Social free for all. Need to discuss closer to the time.
The committee voted to present Lucy with 2 bottles of wine for all her hard work simplifying the accounts.

Plant Sale.
The Plant Sale on 7th May raised a profit of £209.80. The clash with Badminton Horse Trials cause receipts to down a little on previous years. Badminton Horse Trials next year will be on 8th May so book Plant Sale for 15th May.
Need to encourage members to prepare lots more vegetable plants for t he club table as those available were sold very quickly.

2016 Trips
    1. Hampton Court, Herefordshire - 11th June. Leave HU at 0900. Return for HU at 1600.
    2. Hookhouse Pottery near Tetbury - Evening 27th June. LK organising. £3.50pp.
    3. Dewstowe - Sunday afternoon 24th July. £5.50pp. Leave HU at 1400.

AGM.
26th September – Wine & Nibbles, no speaker, a quiz of sorts and a raffle.

AOB.
It was proposed and agreed that committee members should charge for their expenses. This applies mostly to those arranging speakers, the raffle and the accounts.

Next meeting 20th September at 7 .30 at the Fox.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on  24th April 2016 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.
Proposed 2016 Trips.
1. Hampton Court, nr Leominster in Herefordshire – Saturday 11th June.
2. Hook House Garden & Pottery - Monday evening 27th June.
3. Dewstowe - Sunday evening 24th July.

Our speaker for the evening was Michael Smith who gave an entertaining talk about ‘Caring for your houseplants’. He pointed out that most of what we term ‘houseplants’ originate from tropical or sub-tropical regions and so need a different care regime than those that are native to Europe. It should also be understood that our ‘houseplants’ are wild-flowers in their natural habitat and are well adapted to being treated rough. Indeed the most common cause of failure when keeping houseplants in our homes is over-watering since many plants only take in water when they need it or only when water becomes available. So, treat ‘em rough and keep ‘em dry and then they will thrive and flower well.
A good reason to keep plants is their ability to filter and cleanse the air. The air in our homes is full of invisible, potentially harmful, particulates that are left behind from fabric treatment, cleaning materials and many 21st century devices. House plants can remove these and replace them with oxygen. Michael provided a list of some of the best plants to keep for this purpose.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on 21st March 2016 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.
Proposed 2016 Trips.
1. Hampton Court, nr Leominster in Herefordshire – Saturday 11th June.
2. Hook House Garden & Pottery - Monday evening 27th June.
3. Dewstowe - Sunday evening 24th July.

Tips from Gardening Mags.
There has been another trial to determine which brand of Growbag is best. The ones recommended were Levingtons and Bord-na-Mona, both of which are peat free. But let us not forget that the chief nurseryman from Highfield Garden World warned us not to buy peat-free potting compost because if it does not contain peat then it is not a lot of good. Another survey recorded that the most hated garden noises included dogs barking, road traffic, crowing cockerels, lawn mowers, low-flying aircraft - particularly helicopters, garden parties (not including any at Buck House of course) and cannon-fire (with or without battlefield re-enactments?).

Our speaker for the evening was Brian Bailey who gave an entertaining talk about his time living on the Scilly Isles. He lived on St. Agnes for 8 years with his wife and young daughter and made a precarious living working on daffodil farms, fishing, surveying birds and whatever else he was invited to do.
To pick Daffodils one used the ‘quasimodo’ walk – waddling along bent over with arms a-kimbo to collect the spills – and there was always a dripping nose at the end of the row which was swiftly dealt with by a sniff and a deft swipe of the shirt-cuff.
Sadly this way of life has long gone because cut flowers now come from Israel, Holland and elsewhere and today tourism is the industry to be in.
Life on the island was quiet and slow and there was very little to do for entertainment. The highlight of a Saturday evening was to go to the local telephone box to watch the light come on. He noted that natives prefer to be called Scillonians not Scilly islanders. I wonder why.

 
 
Committee Meeting at 7.30pm on 15th March 2016 in The Fox.

Minutes of meeting.
Attendees – Diane Deacon, Liz Howard, Lucy Kantaris, Linda Robinson, Pat Sherry, Terry Truebody.
Apologies – None.

Financial Update.
Lucy has been in contact with Angie’s husband and all is in good shape. Good amount of cash in-hand for immediate use.

Plant Sale.
Booked for 7th May which unfortunately clashes with Badminton Horse Trials weekend. Ne’er mind eh!
Refreshments to be provided. LK and PS will make cakes. Request for cakes to be made at next meeting. LH will prepare advert for the shop etc. Contact for booking tables – TT & PS - £10 per table.

2016 Trips
1. Hampton Court, Herefordshire - 11th June. Leave HU at 0900. Return for HU at 1600.
2. Hookhouse Pottery near Tetbury - Evening 27th June. LK organising.
3. Dewstowe - Sunday afternoon 24th July. £5.50pp. Leave HU at 1400.

Next committee meeting TBA at 7.30 at the Fox.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on 22nd February 2016 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.
Due to the sad death of Angie C the position of Treasurer will be taking over by Lucy K.

Plant Sale. – 10am – 12 noon on Saturday 7th May.

Proposed 2016 Trips.
1. Hampton Court, nr Leominster in Herefordshire – Saturday 11th June Garden only £7, castle and garden £12 plus cost of coach.
2. Hook House Garden & Pottery - Monday evening 27th June.
3. Dewstowe - Sunday evening 24th July.
Lists available on notice board table to indicate interest.

Our speaker for the evening was Ross Barber who gave a very interesting talk on The Winter Garden. He gardens at Ragley Hall near Malvern and has created a garden that is full of colour and interest during the winter months by using trees with special bark characteristics, dappled shade, colourful leaves and under-plantings of winter/spring flowers.

 
 
Committee Meeting at 7.30pm on 26th January 2016 in The Fox.

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

The club will send a card to Peter C relating to the death of Angie C.

The feedback on the December Skittles social was positive. Sandwiches and chips for nosh was a good option.

Plant Sale.
To be booked for 7th May. TT to action.

2016 Trips – .
1. Hampton Court, Herefordshire - 11th June. Leave HU at 0900. Return for HU at 1600. Need to advertise this event in the April Parish Magazine – LK to send details to TT.
2. Badminton House - Afternoon 27th June. £20pp – Forget it. Far too expensive. Use date for visit to Hookhouse Pottery near Tetbury. LK to action.
3. Dewstowe - Sunday afternoon 24th July. £5.50pp. Leave HU at 1400.

Funds.
The club funds were discussed and all is well. LK will be our new Treasurer.

Speakers.
LR will help PS with organising speakers.

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

Minutes of meeting.
Christmas Social.
The social will be skittles at The Beaufort Arms on Monday 14th December from 7.30 pm.
DO NOT BE LATE!!! Or Sam will have your balls! There will be sandwiches and chips. Cost = £4.00 pp.

Tips & wrinkles.
Growing tests have found that home made compost is better than ‘green waste’ from local councils.
This summer there has been an increase in the numbers of slugs and snails but a reduction of lily beetles and cabbage white butterflies.
Joy of joys - there is no mention of sprouts or any other brassica in the list of the nations 10 most favourite vegetables. I told you so!

Our speaker for the evening was Keith Ferguson who gave a very interesting talk on Flowers – Flamboyant to Demure. He showed the often strikingly different ways that flowers exhibit their wares – some varieties of the same species are very colourful and ‘in-your-face’ whilst others are almost shy and retiring in a ‘now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t’ way.
One thing I love about these talks is how they help us to see our, often very familiar, garden plants in a new light. Roll on next year.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on 26th October 2015 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.
Proposed 2016 Trips.
1. Hampton Court, nr Leominster in Herefordshire – Saturday 11th June Garden only £7, castle and garden £11 plus cost of coach.
2. Badminton House - Monday evening 27th June.
3. Dewstowe - Sunday evening 24th July? (TBC). Lists available on notice board table to indicate interest.

Change to the Constitution - the Financial Year to end on 31st July. The AGM now to be held in September. Amended copy on notice board.

Tips & wrinkles – Liz reported that according to Gardening Which Gardeners Delight tomatoes can no longer be relied upon as there seems to be some virus affecting them.
There also seems to be a new disease affecting onion sets which causes them to fail to develop.
The debate over compost labelling rumbles on. Not only should there be a sell-by/use-by date displayed but it is not clear what difference there is between Multi Purpose and All-Purpose compost. Some manufacturers claim that ‘Multi’ means ‘suitable for a variety of uses’ and ‘All’ means ‘suitable for all uses’ which to you and me means the same thing really.

AOB. Some members reported ‘strange goings on’ in their gardens. One member has cowslips in bloom whilst another has seen pheasants mating. Positive proof of man-made climate change I reckon. I shall inform Al Gore.

Our speaker for the evening was Carl Sadler who gave a very entertaining talk and demonstration on Gypsy Flowers. Carl specialises in woodland crafts – trugs, hurdles, rustic furniture, gypsy flowers etc - and has been a supplier of these items for many films including Star Wars. He also takes part in historical re-enactments when he plays Little John amongst other roles.
This evening, before our very eyes, he scraped away at green Elder cuttings making Gypsy flowers whilst entertaining us to a constant string of amusing anecdotes and non-PC tales about his life and family. He had us chuckling and at our ease in no time.

 
 
Committee Meeting at 7.30pm on 20th October 2015 in The Fox.

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

Change to the Constitution - The Financial Year to end 31st July. The AGM to be held in September.
TT to update website accordingly.

Membership and Guest fees to remain as they are.

2016 Trips
1. Hampton Court, Herefordshire - 11th June Garden only £7, castle and garden £11.
2. Badminton House - evening 27th June.
3. Dewstow - perhaps Sunday evening 24th July?

Advertising – TT to investigate putting notice of meetings in Horton and Didmarton parish magazines. Also add note on copy to publicise the advantages of being a club member e.g. cheaper seeds and coach trips.

AOB – Suggestions re the old HURG site to be put on hold. There seem to be proposals by other village groups.

Next meeting to be held 26th January 2016 at 7 .30 at the Fox.

 
 
Meeting at 8.00pm on 28th September 2015 in The Methodist Hall.

Minutes of meeting.
Proposed 2016 Trips.
1. Hampton Court, nr Leominster in Herefordshire - 10th June Garden only £7, castle and garden £11. lots of us have previously visited with the Evergreens when Lin and Di got lost in the Yew Maze. Apparently you couldn’t see them over the hedges but you could hear them!
2. Dewstowe - perhaps Sunday afternoon 24th July?
3. Badminton House - evening 27th June.

Change to the Constitution - the Financial Year to end at the end of June. The AGM now to be held in September.

Suttons Seeds - Di Musty reported on the new arrangements whereby Suttons will continue to give us generous discounts but will also donate money directly to the club.

Tips & wrinkles – Liz reported that Gardeners Delight tomatoes have mutated and now grow to a much larger size. Unfortunately the taste has deteriorated also. Some members have experienced this for themselves. The cause is being investigated.

Our speaker for the evening was John Mason from Highfield Garden World who gave a very entertaining talk and demonstration on Winter Container Plants. He has two main messages:-
1. Make sure that the pot is big enough for the plant to grow and that the shape will allow you to remove the plant when it is ready for re-potting.
2. Do not buy cheap potting compost because it is cheap for a reason. Usually that reason is that cheap composts do not contain peat because of asinine EU rules and if it does not contain peat then it is not a lot of good.

 
 
Committee Meeting at 7.30pm on 15th September 2015 in The Fox.

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

It was agreed that all the trips this year had been excellent. Well done Lucy and Lin. Proposed trips for next year
• Hampton Court, Herefordshire- 10th June Garden only £7, castle and garden £11.
• Dewstowe- perhaps Sunday afternoon 24th July?
• Badminton House — evening 27th June.

The Christmas Social will be held on 14th December at the Beaufort.

Speakers for next year have been finalised with the exception of March. Lucy waiting to hear back from invited speaker.

Change to the Constitution - the Financial Year to end at the end of June. The AGM is now to be held in September.

AOB - We need to check with Di Musty the new terms with Suttons Seeds.

It was suggested that perhaps HUGC could help to keep the ex Compost site tidy in the future. This was not agreed.

Next meeting to be held 20th October 7.30 at the Fox.

 
 

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