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Extract from June Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hello Everybody

Do hope you are all well and have managed to retain your sanity whilst under house arrest

The gardens are all coming on a treat in spite of the lack of rain. Most things are doing well but it would have been good to be able to get a bag of compost. I am not doing baskets this year, seems a bit strange but with no compost etc it just did not happen. Guess I might be glad if we have prolonged spells of hot weather.

Social Secretary's Report

I have been quite busy lately keeping my garden tidy and tending to my fish pond which is constantly needing help with filling up with more water due to evaporation in this hot weather or just cleaning out the pump and filters. Thank goodness since the last episode of the Heron I have not seen him since and am very pleased that my five fish that were left have now felt brave enough to start coming to the top of the pond to feed again.

I was also lucky to be given some plants so been busy potting them all up in hanging baskets or tubs to give a bit of colour into the garden now that my spring plants and beautiful rhododendrons are coming to an end of their flowering.

Eddie's Bit

Hi Everybody

Well here we are another month on and we are still living in strange times. Hairdressers are still closed and my hair is still growing. I have now resorted to hairclips as well as the headband. I am no longer being mistaken for John McEnroe or Mark Knophler, however, people are now calling me Edie

Plants

I was not able to look after so many plants so decided to give them away wherever I could in exchange for a small donation for The NHS. I have managed to find a home for most of them to neighbours etc and have got about £120 to donate to the NHS. I have potted up and still have your freebie plants which is a Fuchsia called Thalia. Hopefully I can keep them healthy and give them to you sometime in the future.

Open Garden

With all this extra time at home we are managing to keep on top of the garden. It is a shame only a few of us can enjoy it. I will be surprised if the July Open Day happens but let us hope there is still a chance for August.

Canine Partners

Have not had any update on Poppy our sponsored puppy but this is not surprising under the circumstances.

Look forward to seeing you soon, I do not think we will forget 2020 in a hurry.

Elaine's Bit

Well here we all are still in lock down, although Lesley and I did pop over to see Eddie and Jan last week to get some plants. It was so lovely to see them and to get out of the house for an hour. We were very lucky as Eddie's green fingers are working so well he had extra Tomato plants which we got and are doing really well, I did not think I was going to have any this year. Thanks Eddie.

I have had the most amazing birds in my garden this year. A Jay, a Jackdaw and a pair of Great Spotted woodpeckers, plus one or two I am not sure of yet.

As we cannot have our meeting at the moment please remember to collect your stamps for little Poppy our new adopted puppy to help with training.

Speakers

To be added when we know we are meeting again.

(Updated: 2020-05-30 16:23:34)


Extract from May Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hello Everybody

I wonder how you are all doing. I am sure if it wasn't for this glorious Spring weather we would be finding life much more difficult.

My own garden is giving much pleasure. It is very much a casual garden, no formality at all. A couple of years ago I won a Montana Clematis in the Club raffle. Boy, you should see it now. It has completely covered the new pergola.

Social Secretary's Report

Hi everyone as we are not meeting at the Club evenings due to the situation we try to keep you updated with a few comments to let you know how things are at our end.

Unfortunately I did not get any plants that I really wanted to put in the garden for the summer. My daughters did manage to give me some Geranium plugs for Mothers Day so that was quite helpful and I have been able to re-pot them up, so hopefully they will bring a bit of colour into my garden later on.

Stay indoors, keep safe and well, and hopefully it will not be too long before we can get back to some sort of normality

Eddie's Bit

Plants

I have managed to pot up all the plug-plants into 3 inch pots but as things stand who knows when we will resume our meetings. Fortunately most of the Fuchsias are hardy so I should be able to keep them until the Autumn if necessary. As for the basket plants they are annuals so I do not know what I can do with those.

Open Garden

With all this extra time at home we are keeping on top of the garden. Whether we will be able to open the garden in July and August we will have to keep our fingers crossed.

Canine Partners

You will remember that last year we sponsored Vixen a puppy for training to be a partner. She is now trained and we are sponsoring another puppy called Poppy. Will keep you posted on her progress.

Elaine's Bit

As we cannot have our meeting at the moment please remember to collect your stamps for little Poppy our new adopted puppy to help with training.

Take care and keep safe

Speakers

To be advised

(Updated: 2020-05-30 16:11:05)


Extract from April Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hi Everybody

Do hope you are all coping in this strange new world we find ourselves. It is certainly challenging. As I write this it is the first day of Spring and the weather is glorious. Just what we need to lift the spirits.

As you probably realise all future meetings are cancelled until further notice. We cannot predict when we might be able to meet up again but we hope to keep you informed via the monthly Newsletter.

I have deferred Derek Dexter until April next year. So already something to look forward to.

Social Secretary's Report

As you will see from this Newsletter it has been decided to close club meetings until further notice but the newsletters will keep going each month to keep in touch.

Chin up everyone and think positively that once the nicer warm weather approaches we can all get lost in our gardens where, I hope, there will be plenty to keep us busy.

Eddie's Bit

Plants

I've still got a few Alpines left and of course I've got all the Fuchsias and Basket Plants. It looks as though we won't be able to have our meetings for a while so as my children have banned me from going out I have plenty of time to pot up into three inch pots. I'll keep my fingers crossed that I don't lose many and will keep them until such time as we can get together.

Open Garden

With all this extra time at home we are keeping on top of the garden. The flowering Cherry trees and flowering shrubs are looking superb at the moment.

Our first open day is in July and who knows what will happen by then. Will keep you posted.

(Updated: 2020-04-01 11:05:57)


Extract from March Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

It was so good to see you all at our first meeting of the year and who better to kick it off than our old friend, Brian Carline. I am always happy to book him, knowing that we are in for a good, entertaining evening. I just hope he is able to compose some new talks for us. However, he is coming back in June to talk about pelargoniums etc. I am sure he will be bringing more plants for sale.

You will be pleased to hear that the Canine Partners puppy we were sponsoring has now qualified and is working with her new owner. The Committee decided to continue sponsoring and our new puppy is a Black Labrador called Poppy. We will keep you posted on her progress as we receive updates.

I look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on the 6th March when our Speaker will be Paul Leatherdale, who specialises in Encliandras.

Social Secretary's Report

At the AGM in November I put it to the Members that as the coach trips were not proving viable due to the lack of support I found it was proving impossible for me to continue to do outings like that any more. The majority of Members agreed that, although it was a shame, they understood and under the circumstances it was for the best.

Committee Members have agreed that like last year we managed to go out to the Top Oak Restaurant for an Afternoon Tea and later in the year for a Pub Lunch so perhaps we could do the same for this year. Members who chose to go on these outing drove themselves to the pub or offered people lifts to get there. These outings proved quite popular and hopefully I am looking into doing similar days out for this year but may be at a different Pub or Restaurant not too far away for people to drive themselves. Hopefully people will like to join us for a nice day out somewhere in the Spring/Summer months when the weather might pick up.

Eddie's Bit

Plants

Do not forget we will have lots of Fuchsia and Basket plug plants plus Alpines in three and a half inch pots for sale at the March or April meetings. They will be a fraction of the costs you pay at the nurseries.

Open Garden

We have been talked into opening our garden again this year for the National Garden Scheme Charities. The dates are July 5th and August 23rd . We are both struggling a bit now but with help from family and neighbours we are sure we will cope. Lets hope for good weather, more details later.

Message from Rita

On the 17th January one of our club members, Frances Leszman, sadly lost her long battle with cancer at the age of just 57 yrs. She was a very quiet, generous and talented member, always showing interest in all the club activities. She will be greatly missed and our condolences go out to her husband and children at this sad time.

Elaine's Bit

Thank you to everyone who has remembered to save their used postage stamps for our new adopted puppy, Poppy.

Look forward to seeing you on the 6th March.

(Updated: 2020-02-29 14:10:37)


Extract from February Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Although a month late, a very happy New Year to you all. The festivities seem a long time ago now. At least the evenings are gradually drawing out and we have Spring to look forward to.

I can't think of anything to say fuchsia or garden wise except that my garden is looking very sorry for itself. I swear I will need a scythe for my grass when it does eventually dry up.

Our next meeting is the 7th February when we will be welcoming back our friend, Brian Carline. Do hope you will be able to make it.

Social Secretary's Report

The Christmas Lunch at the Top Oak Pub in Stapleford Abbotts on Friday 6th December went off very well. There were twenty two of us sitting down on three tables. All the meals came up quickly and everyone seemed to be pleased. The room had been decorated very Christmassy and the tables were laid out with crackers etc. Simon, the Manager, turned up trumps once again. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the day and went off with smiles on their faces, so hopefully that meant it was a great success.

Looking forward to seeing you again at the next meeting which is on Friday, 7th February.

Eddie's Bit

I hope you are all looking forward to another growing season. Don't forget we will have lots of Fuchsia and Basket plug-plants plus Alpines in three and a half inch pots for sale at the March or April meetings. They will be a fraction of the costs you pay at the nurseries.

Elaine's Bit

Thank you to everyone who has remembered to save their used postage stamps for our adopted puppy Vixen to help with training the puppies to become assisted dogs. I have posted another large envelope of stamps off to Canine Partners this week. Well done everyone.

(Updated: 2020-02-14 14:16:51)


Extract from December Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

There is not anything from Tricia this time as she has been on holiday to Cape town and will not be back in time for the Newsletter to go out. Here's hoping she is having an amazing time with her son and family. Take care Tricia and look forward to seeing you soon.

Social Secretary's Report

The AGM went well with a good turn out. It was nice to see so many people and be able to socialise whilst eating some finger food bites with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

There were a few tables selling items along with mine, which I try to do each year in aid of St. Clare's Hospice, also a wonderful Raffle brought by Jean Dorset. I was able to raise the sum of £86.40 on my stall, so thank you so much for supporting me for such a good cause.

Friday 6 December Christmas Lunch Top Oak Pub.

22 Members are coming along for the meal. Not sure if I mentioned to you that it was decided we will be eating at 12.30 not 1 o'clock this time, so it will still be quite light outside when we say our goodbyes before the drive home. As it was mentioned before, and at the AGM, there will not be our usual Club Meeting at Collier Row on that evening.

Have a very Happy time over the Christmas holidays and a Happy Healthy New Year for 2020.

Eddie's Bit

Christmas is almost here and we will not be having another society evening until February. We will see some of you at the Top Oak meal but, for the rest, Jan and I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a merry new year or should that be a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Anyway whichever way round have a great time.

Treasurer's Notes

When I took over the Treasurer's position some years ago, I was advised by our then accountant that we had more money in the bank than we needed. At the end of this financial year we were still in the same situation. Consequently the committee decided that we should reduce our bank balance a little bit. In order to do this we decided that everyone who was a member in 2018/2019 would receive a £10 Christmas bonus. We gave these out at the AGM and have hand delivered the rest. I do not think we have missed anybody but if you were a member and have not received it please let me know.

Elaine's Bit

I would like to thank all of you who have been saving your stamps for The Canine Partners to help train assisting dogs, please keep saving them and bringing them to meetings.

I would just like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. I look forward to seeing you on the 6th December at the meal and anyone else on the 7th February 2020.

(Updated: 2019-12-09 14:45:10)