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Extract from May Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed the talk on Family History, a fascinating subject but, boy, do you need plenty of time to do it.

Our next Speaker is Lois Amos who will tell us about the Walled Garden at Bedfords Park.

Do not forget that you are welcome to bring a guest to any of our talks. All we ask is that they pay a sub of £4. We would love any guests to join the Society, they are under no obligation and we will be pleased to welcome them.

Social Secretary's Report

Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 19th June The Top Oak Pub £12 p.p

For those people who have put their names down on my list and have not paid anything for this outing, could you please pay either the whole amount or £5 as a holding deposit when you see me. I will need the final amount to be paid before or at the next meeting on 7th June.

Summer Flower Show at Wisley on Sunday 8th September

If I can get enough names for this I will possibly consider looking into this trip.

Eddie's Bit


Thank you for your support in purchasing the plug plants and Alpines at the April meeting. We have already covered our costs and made a profit. There are still some Fuchsia and Basket plugs left which I will pot up and bring in to the May meeting.

Advice and beginners Class.

I have been asked if I will do a help session at the May meeting. I am happy to do this but would prefer to do it after the tea break at say 9.15. When I did them before at the start of the meeting I found that I was rushing it and had to stop as the speaker was ready to start.

Feel free to bring plants in that need attention and we can do a sort of workshop. I have to stress that I am not an expert grower by any means and suffer the same failures and disappointments as everybody else. However I can show you how I pinch out and try to shape my fuchsias, how I pot up and what feed and insecticide I use. I can also show you how I take cuttings but you know me with cuttings they probably won't survive.

Open Garden 23 June, 21 July and 15 September

Just a reminder when we will be open for charity.

Elaine's Bit.

Do not forget to bring your used stamps along, we are doing really well so far, I have sent off two very full large envelopes of them to help the canine partners.

(Updated: 2019-05-03 10:24:50)

Extract from April Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hi Everyone

I hope you all enjoyed Derek Dexter's talk last time. He was quite expensive but he was very interesting with some useful tips. It was good to be able to buy some of his excellent plants. According to Derek, another of our regular speakers, Sid Garcia, has now retired. This is really bad news as it is already difficult to get Fuchsia speakers, so next year we will be lucky to get any at all.

Our next speaker is Peter Layzell on Family History.

Social Secretary's Report

Wisley Craft Fair 5 May – cancelled due to lack of support.

Afternoon Tea at The Top Oak Pub – Wednesday 19 June - £11 per person

I will have to collect £5 p.p. up front at the next meeting if you would like to attend. This will be paid directly to the Pub as a deposit for each person going. Then on the day you will only have to pay another £6. I think it is a very cheap afternoon outing – hope you will feel the same.

Eddie's Bit


We will bring the sales plants to the April meeting where you can also pick up your free plant. We have plenty of Fuchsia and Basket plug plants at 50p and a few Alpines at 75p. It would be extremely helpful if you could bring some sort of containers to put them in as they are only plug plants and will have to be taken out of the trays they are in on the night.

Unfortunately, the wholesalers supplied Tom Thumb fuchsias instead of Peter Pan. So the ones we have are hardy: Empress of Prussia, Garden News, Genii, Lena, Tom Thumb and White Pixie. The non hardy: Hollys Beauty and Natasha Sinton.

The basket plants are Bacopa Snowflake, Berthelottii Lotus Fire Vine, Brachyscome Blue, Diascia Coral Belle, Marguerite Dwarf Double Pink and Verbena Purple.

Open Garden 23 June, 21 July and 15 September

Elaine's Bit

Do not forget to save your used stamps for canine partners. We have sponsored a beautiful black lab called Vixen. I will have a photo of him on my table for you all to see, also a basket for you to put your stamps in.

(Updated: 2019-04-01 16:30:12)

Extract from March newsletter

Tricia s Thoughts

Hi Everybody

We decided at the last Committee Meeting that we would try and reinstate our Fuchsia library. It will consist of numerous reference books for members to borrow as and when. I need to ask if anyone will come forward and look after this library for us. The books will be stored at the Hall and all is required is that you supervise the table on Club nights. That really is all so will some kind person help us out. Look forward to hearing from you.

Hopefully our next Speaker is Derek Dexter. Third time lucky – last year the bad weather caused us to cancel the meeting and the year before Derek was seriously ill in hospital. So…. Fingers crossed.

Look forward to seeing you all on the 1st. Take care,

Social Secretary s Report

RHS Wisley – 4 or 5 May – Spring Craft Fair

If you are interested in going to Wisley on either of these two dates then come up to the table to let me know. If I do not get enough interest I will have to sort out another venue.

Snaps Maltings, Suffolk

This might take place later in the year. I will try to have some information about these places at the next meeting on Friday 1st March.

I have not yet got the cost to either place in case they are not popular with the majority of you.

Eddie s Bit


I will be picking up some plants from the wholesaler to sell at the April meeting.

Open Garden

We are determined to open our garden for one more year. So this year we are going to open for Essex Wildlife Trust as usual but we have been persuaded to open for the National Garden Scheme as well. The NGS have what’s called the little yellow booklets, one for each county. We are in the middle pages of the Essex edition. You can pick up these booklets at most Garden Centres and Nurseries for free.

The dates are

June 23rd 2019 for the National Garden Scheme.

July 21st 2019 for Essex Wildlife Trust.

Sept 15th 2019 for The National Garden Scheme.

Elaine s Bit

Do not forget to save your used stamps for canine partners.

We have sponsored a beautiful black lab called Vixen. I will have a photo of him on my table for you all to see, also a basket for you to put your stamps in.

I have already sent a large envelope of stamps to Canine Partners.

(Updated: 2019-02-21 15:38:52)

Extract from February newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hi Everybody, a very Happy New Year to you all. The festivities seem a long time ago now but, personally, I like to get back to normal. The daylight hours are gradually increasing, the bulbs are popping up and there is everything to look forward to.

Unfortunately I have some very sad news for you. One of our longer serving members, Brian Morrison, passed away on the 5 January after a long illness. Up until his health started to fail he was a regular Speaker at our meetings. He was a well known and respected grower, specialising in Tryphillas. He even had one named after him. He will be sadly missed in the Fuchsia world and we send our condolences to his family.

Our next meeting is on the 1 February when we will welcome back Brian Carline who will give one of his amusing non-fuchsia talks. I look forward to seeing you all on the night.

Social Secretary's Report

Hi everyone we are now into 2019 and I cannot believe where the time goes. Hope you all had a lovely time over the Christmas Holidays and managed to keep well and hope you have a wonderful New Year and stay healthy.

I would like to say thank you to all those Members who were able to come to the normal Friday evening at the Club.

On the following Friday we had our Christmas Lunch at The Top Oak Pub in Stapleford Abbotts. I look forward to your feedback at the next meeting on 1 February.

Eddie's Bit

Sad to hear that Brian Morrison has passed away. I knew him fairly well at the first few shows I did but understand that before that he was a great supporter of our Society giving talks and donating hanging baskets etc. He is a great loss to the Fuchsia world. Our thoughts go out to his family.

Well it is the start of another growing season. It is a bit too cold for me in the garden at the moment but Jan has managed to get out there a couple of times so it is beginning to look good. I planted a lot of daffodil and tulip bulbs in containers back in the Autumn which are already coming through the compost.

We are opening our garden three times this year, on June 23 and September 15 for the National Garden Scheme and the usual one on July 21 for Essex Wildlife Trust. So if you would like to come make a note in your diaries.

Elaine's Bit

Do not forget to save your used stamps and empty ink cartridges for canine partners. We have sponsored a beautiful black lab called Vixen. I will have a photo of him on my table for you all to see.

(Updated: 2019-02-21 13:42:02)

Extract from December Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hi, well here we are, the last Newsletter of the year. Where has the time gone?

I think we had a good turn out for the Annual General Meeting although of course we didn't fill the vacant positions on the Committee. We live in hope!

I really don't have any news this time so will just remind you that our next meeting on the 7th December is a social evening. Although we do not have a speaker booked I do hope we will see as many of you as possible.

Take care and look forward to seeing you on the 7th.

Social Secretary's Report

I just wanted to say a Big Thank You to all of you who supported me on my Craft Stall at our AGM. I was able to raise a grand total of 165.55 for St. Clare's Hospice.

It was decided that we would keep our next Club night on Friday 7th December as usual but start at 7.30 pm to enable us to finish a bit earlier. Hopefully quite a few of you will turn up on that evening to make it all worthwhile.

Christmas Meal, Stapleford Abbotts at 12.30 on Friday 14th December, Top Oak Pub

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

I would like to take this opportunity of saying have a lovely time over the Christmas hols and I wish you all a very Happy Healthy New Year for 2019.

Eddie's Bit

As this is the last newsletter of the year, Jan and I would like to wish everybody a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Let us hope the weather is more normal next year and we are all free from any further health issues.

Finally, our thanks to the committee and all the members for supporting the Society for another year, it is very much appreciated.

Elaine's Bit

Just a reminder to any of you who have not yet renewed your membership, it is not too late or if you prefer you can post a cheque to me made out to N.R.F.S.

Do not forget to save your used stamps and empty ink cartridges for canine partners, our sponsored puppy is called VIXEN and he is only about 12 wks old. There will be a basket on my table, with our toy puppy inside and a beautiful picture of Vixen, for you to put your used stamps and cartridges in. Look forward to seeing you soon

(Updated: 2018-12-17 14:58:31)

Extract from November Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hi Everyone

Do hope you have had a good month. Cannot believe how quickly the time is whizzing by. (I probably say this every month, but it is true and, at times, quite worrying.)

We have been blessed with the most amazing weather which has been a great help tidying up the garden and preparing for winter.

Well, our next meeting is the AGM. I do hope as many of you as possible will attend. It is a very necessary part of our year when we can update you on everything.

Again, we are looking for a Secretary. It is not a big job, you can make it as large or as small as you wish. Among other jobs, I have been holding the fort for the last couple of years and have managed to hone it right down to the minimum. So please if there is anyone out there who would like to join the Committee as Secretary we would welcome you with open arms and love you forever!

As it is the AGM there will not, of course, be a Speaker. When the meeting is over we hope to have some Sales Tables where you can browse and possibly do some Christmas shopping while you have a very welcome cup of tea or coffee and generally socialise.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 2nd November. Take care

Social Secretary's Report

Our next meeting is the AGM so I do hope most of you will try to come along for the evening where we try to make it a nice social event. I will be one of the people having a table full of Christmas items which I try to do each year in aid of St. Clare's Hospice. So please come up and see me and maybe find something of interest on my stall to buy or from one of the other tables.

Friday 14 December at 12.30 at The Top Oak Pub

Christmas Lunch in Oak Hill Road, Stapleford Abbotts. The Club will be paying £10 p.p. towards the meals. I will be collecting the remainder of the money.

Eddie's Bit.

Once again thanks to your support we made a small profit again this year, despite subsidising our Christmas get together last year. As we have been making a profit every year as far back as I can remember, we have decided it is time we reduced our bank balance so this year we are going to subsidise the meal to the tune of £10 per member.

Elaine's bit.

It is that time of year again for Membership renewal, it should have been last month but this year has gone so fast I just forgot. It is still £10.00 so please bring plenty of money not only for your renewal but the meal and stalls.

Also I would like you to save all of your used stamps and empty ink cartridges as we are going to save them and send them to the Canine partners group to help with the cost of training their assist dogs. There will be a box on my table. Look forward to seeing you at our AGM on Friday 2nd. Nov.

(Updated: 2018-11-06 15:27:06)