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Extract from May Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hi, Everybody. I am sure you all enjoyed our week of summer weather. It was hard to remember that it was still April! It certainly brought on everything in the garden and there is now so much to do.

We have some big decisions to make during the next few weeks. As you will remember, we decided at the AGM that we would stage a general flower show this year, rather than a Fuchsia Show. This was mainly because we could not be sure how much the Fuchsia Gall Mite would affect our plants going forward. We have provisionally booked Saturday 4 th August for this Show.

To achieve the necessary "Wow Factor" we will need as many flowers and plants as possible on the day. These can be absolutely anything in any size pot or vase, so you will not have all the restrictions we experience when staging a Fuchsia Show. So what we need to know as soon as possible is if you will be able to contribute and, if possible, you have any idea what you will be able to bring along. Unfortunately we need a rough idea of your intentions as soon as possible to give us some idea as to whether we will be able to stage a worthwhile Show. We have a reputation to maintain!

Our next Speaker is our friend Brian Carline, who will be talking about Pelargoniums. Look forward to seeing you all on the 4th May.

Social Secretary's Report

Next Trip - Saturday 19th May - Hylands House Estate

As you already know I have booked a 28 seater coach to take us to this event and the cost for this trip is 18 p.p. At the moment I still have four seats available, so if anyone else is interested in joining us on that day then let me know.

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the next meeting as I'm going away for the weekend so I will have to ask another Committee Member to take over the bookwork. The coach will pick us up at 9.30 a.m at the usual place, Hopefully we will be able to park our cars there again for this trip for just one pound.

I look forward to you seeing you on the 19th May.

(Updated: 2018-05-01 17:09:58)

Extract from the April newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

It was a great shame that we did not get to Thriplow on the 18th March. We thought it was just not worth risking falls and chills. Having spoken to some people who did go with other organisations, it was definitely the right decision. It was a miserable experience with hardly any hot food and few places to get out of the bitter cold.

My fuchsias are only just waking up. I do not keep them in leaf over the winter. It will be interesting to see how they fare going forward. Possibly geraniums and pelargoniums would be a safer bet, they do not seem to have any enemies.

Look forward to seeing you all on the 7th April, when our speaker will be Paul Leatherdale who specialises in Encliandras

Social Secretary's Report

It was such a shame that I had to make the decision to cancel the trip out to Thriplow Daffodil Weekend on Sunday 18th March due to the bad weather conditions and lots of people not wanting to venture out under those circumstances.

Hylands House Estate Saturday 19 May

Our next trip is to Hylands House Estate where they are holding their National Flower Show. The cost for this trip will be £18 p.p. Lots of you have already put your names down for this so I have decided rather than return your money I will use it to pay for Hylands House instead. For those Members who do not wish to go on this trip and had their names down for Thriplow I will reimburse them at the next meeting.

There are a few seats left on the coach so if you would like to join us on that day please let me know.

(Updated: 2018-04-11 21:28:29)

Extract from March Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hi Everybody

As you know it was suggested at the AGM that instead of a Fuchsia Show this year we try a Flower Show. This was mainly because it was unknown how much of a problem the Fuchsia Gall Mite would cause, bearing in mind that many of us have already lost fuchsias to this pest. This matter was discussed in depth at the last Committee Meeting and we have earmarked Saturday, 4th August for the Show. We thought this would work well as we can carry out all the necessary preparations on the 3rd, our usual Club night.

Of course there are still many things to decide but we did feel that it may be easier for you all to bring along flowers and plants to display. At least you will not have to worry about classes, pot sizes, saucers etc. We will keep you informed as our plans take shape but in the meantime perhaps you could be deciding what you may be able to bring along. We look forward to your support.

Our next Speaker is Derek Dexter. He was taken ill last year and could not come so hopefully all will be well this year.

Take care, see you all on the 2nd March.

Social Secretary's Report Trips

Sunday, 18th March Thriplow Daffodil Weekend Country Fair

£18 p.p.

From Catholic Church Hall in Lowshoe Lane, Collier Row at 10 a.m.

Saturday 19th May Hylands House Estate

£18 p.p. further information to follow.

(Updated: 2018-03-02 12:36:06)

Extract from February Newsletter

Trish's Thoughts

A Happy and Healthy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a good Christmas and have managed to dodge the nasty colds etc. that are doing the rounds. I was very sorry to miss the Christmas meal which, I hear, was a great success.

Our February speaker is Brian Carline who I know you always enjoy. He will be starting off our year with a non-fuchsia talk on his amusing experiences as a teacher. I know it will be very entertaining.

Social Secretary's Report

Hi everyone, just like to start of by saying I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year in 2018.

Hope you all had a lovely time over the Christmas holidays and as quickly as it came it had gone - in a flash!!

I just wanted to say a big thank you to those Members and their friends who joined us for the meal at the Moby Dick Carvery on the last Friday meeting that we had in December. I think most people that came enjoyed themselves.

I would like to say another thank you to Jan Haley for all those lovely handmade boxes of sweets which she gave to all the ladies and the men had a small bottle of wine each which made it an extra special occasion. I had also put After Eight Mints and Party Poppers on each table so these went down very well too. Everyone that I spoke to seemed to have had a good evening so I think it was a great success.

Another New Growing Season

Happy New Year to Everyone.

Here we are nearing the end of January and looking forward to seeing all the new shoots appearing in the garden. I'm rather anxiously waiting to see what Gall mite problems I've got to face this spring.

At the end of last year I cut out all signs of gall mite before I put my plants away for the winter and will be carefully watching the new growth so that I can do the same the minute it appears. I'm keeping my fingers crossed as I don't seem to be losing many plants this year.

No doubt many of you have got fed up hearing me say that I don't have any success taking cuttings whatsoever and my survival rate is about 1 per cent, if that. Last year I took some cuttings and again not a single one rooted, so I left the exact pots, compost, water and feed on the bench and asked Jan to do exactly the same as I did. 90% success rate! I now knew it was something about me. Well after some thought I went out and bought some very thin surgical gloves which allow you to a certain extent feel what you are doing. This was too late really and I had to search for decent shoots from which I could take cuttings. I was only able to find about a dozen, so with these gloves on I potted them up and put them in the greenhouse. Guess what? they all died! No I'm kidding, at the last check a few days ago they are all doing well. So roll on spring when I'll don my gloves and take loads of cuttings from my favourite plants. I only hope it wasn't just a one off! So if you have problems taking cuttings you might try what I did.


Sales Table

Happy New Year to you all

Hope those members who joined us at the Moby Dick for the Christmas meal enjoyed themselves. The service was a bit slow but over all a really enjoyable evening, hopefully followed by a good Christmas.

Look forward to seeing you all at the February meeting. If anyone is interested in taking over the sales table could you please ring us before the meeting as we shall be selling the items off at half price if nobody comes forward.

Many thanks. Jan

(Updated: 2018-01-24 15:36:47)

Extract from December Newsletter

Scial Scribes

We were all delighted with the turn out of Members at the AGM in November and it made for a nice evening with friends over tea and cakes afterwards. It was lovely to see a few craft stalls in the hall once again.

As you already know, this year we are going out for our Christmas Festive evening. There will be 33 of us this time so that is great. We will be meeting at 6.30 pm on Friday, 1st December where we will have a 3-course meal. Tea & Coffee is also supplied, but you will have to purchase your own drinks from the Bar Area. Looking forward to having a fun evening with friends over a delicious meal.

For those Members who are not able to join us for the evening, I would like to wish you all a lovely time over the Christmas Hols and a Happy Healthy New Year for 2018.

Treasurer's Report

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has supported us since we joined the society. Over the years the committee have made my job as Treasurer so much easier. You have supported the Sales Table every year and made the xmas get togethers a success.

On top of all that, with your support we have had some wonderful annual shows that we will always remember. If that was not enough, every other year you have come to our open garden to support Essex Wildlife Trust.

We will be here for a while yet but we are not getting any younger and things get more difficult as you get older. So once again thank you all.

See you at the meal and hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Editor's Report

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2018. Look forward to seeing some of you on Friday 1st. December and everyone else on the 2nd February 2018. Best wishes

(Updated: 2017-11-28 15:59:15)

Extract from October Newsletter

Trish's Thoughts

Do hope you all enjoyed our last speaker, Tim Carter from Longhouse Plants. He is always very interesting. I felt he spent some time on his grasses which did seem to be his favourite plant. Since his talk I have visited his garden on one of the Open Days. It was well worth a visit and although grasses do little for me, his were quite spectacular mainly, I think, because he has the space to do them justice. If you have not yet wandered round his garden I can recommend a visit next year.

Our next Speaker should be the Reverend Susan Mayes talking about her experiences as a Prison Chaplain. I say "should" as I have booked her twice before and on both occasions something has happened to prevent her from coming. So, fingers crossed, third time lucky etc. etc.

Look forward to seeing you all on the 6th October.

Social Scribes

Trip to Brick Lane - Show Time - Thursday 5th October

This includes a three-course meal. Pick-up at 11 a.m. at the Catholic Church Hall in Lowshoe Lane, Collier Row where we have our Friday meetings. Just a reminder, don't forget we cannot leave our cars this time in the school car park as it will be during the daytime and the school will be open, so you will have to find somewhere outside to park this time.

The Theatre opens it's doors at 12.15 pm when we will be able to find out where our reserved tables are, so please make sure everyone is able to sit with friends and not to be left out on their own. We will be served a 3 course meal at 1.00 pm followed by the show at 2.30 pm. The show should end about 4.45 pm and we are expected to leave about 5.00ish for our journey back to Collier Row. Let me know asap if you have food allergies etc so I can inform the Theatre.

Sales Table

I am sorry to say that I shall not be able to run the Sales Table any more. Is there anybody out there that would like to take over. The person running it would need to stocktake, order new supplies in the new year from the suppliers, sort the order, weigh out the vermiculite and perlite into 2 kilo bags. Pass the takings to the treasurer at the committee meeting. At meetings they would need to get the supplies out of the cupboard and put them away at the end.

If anyone is willing to take the job over, please come and have a chat at the next meeting.


Deepest Sympathy

It is with great sadness I have to inform you that Jan Barnes' husband, Roger, passed away on Saturday 23rd Sept. Roger had been very ill for some time. He will be sadly missed by some of our members who knew him.

Our thoughts are with Jan and her family at this sad time.

Membership Renewal.

On a happier note, it is that time of year again. Membership is due for renewal this month.

I look forward to seeing you on the 6th.Oct.

(Updated: 2017-09-28 17:49:48)

Extract from September Newsletter

Trish's Thoughts

Our next speaker is Tim from Longhouse Plants. He is passionate about his plants all of which he propagates himself. He always brings a very good selection of hardy plants to sell so don't forget to bring your cash.

Social Scribes

Brick Lane Theatre Outing Thursday 5th October 2017

We will be picked up at the usual place outside the Catholic Church Hall in Loweshoe Lane, Collier Row and the coach will arrive at 11 a.m. and leaving by about 11.10. The Hall opens at 12.15 lunch is served at 1.00 p.m. and the Show starts at 2.30 p.m. We should finish around about 5.00 p.m. when the coach will be ready to take us back to Collier Row. I will put these details down again in the October Newsletter if possible. Unfortunately we will not be able to park our cars in the school playground area due to the fact we are going on a week day and the children will be in school, so you will have to park either in the Church car park or in the street.

Open Garden

Once again we can't believe how extraordinary lucky we were to get through the day with literally 2 minutes rain. The day itself was excellent, we had just over 200 visitors and the other garden had about 65. The plant stall did well and the teas and cakes sold like hot cakes!

Essex Wildlife Trust took about 870 in gate money from the two gardens combined and we were able to make that up to a round 1000 from the takings of the plants and refreshments.

Thank you all for supporting this charity and we know from the feedback that you all seemed to enjoy the day.

(Updated: 2017-08-30 10:43:16)