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Extract from September Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hi Everyone

It was good to see you all at the last meeting. I thought it was a good evening and it was nice having time to chat to everyone. Thank you to Jan, Doreen and Jean for the cakes and cheesecakes. Thank you also to Frank for providing the cabaret! I must apologise that the Allocated Plant turned out to be a bit of a non-event. Don't quite know what happened there, but thanks to those of you who did bring in your plant.

It was very helpful to get your ideas about Speakers. I will do my best for next year. I have belonged to the club since 1993 so I am more than happy to book non-fuchsia speakers as you can imagine how many times I have heard all the fuchsia tips over the last 25 years!

Our next Speaker is Jackie Kennedy from Canine Partners. She will be bringing her dog and her assistant with her. Should be a very interesting evening so hope you will all be able to come and support her.

Social Secretary's Report

Well what a nice social evening we had at the last Meeting in August, it was so nice to see so many of you turning up to spend the evening amongst friends.

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that purchased items from my stalls. I was able to raise 232.20 which I will be taking along to St. Clare Hospice. With other donations the Grand Total will be 272.20 so thank you for supporting me.

Brighton Sunday 9th September

Our pick-up will be from the usual place, The Catholic Church Hall, Lowshoe Lane, Collier Row, where we have our meetings and I have arranged for the 28-seater coach to arrive by 9.30 am.

Eddie's bit

Open Garden

Thank you for coming to our garden on Sunday 5th August, it was great to see so many of you. As there was no charity involved we were able to let you help yourselves to refreshments and wander down the garden as you wished. This time we were able to sit down with you and join in with the chat which was very enjoyable

As usual, we were lucky that the weather was kind to us and we thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Hope you had as good an afternoon as we did.

Treasurers Note

Although it looks like we will make a small loss this year, mainly due to helping to finance the Christmas get together, we still have a healthy bank balance.

I proposed at the last committee meeting that the Society again make a donation to this year's get together. This was accepted and when Doreen finalises the details we will make an appropriate donation towards the costs.


We are still looking for someone to take over as Secretary for the Soc. It really does not involve much, you come to our committee meetings once a month take notes, then write them up and send each committee member a copy by email.

We are also looking for someone to book speakers to come to talk to us, it does not have to be Fuchsias although we do like to have some that are. All you need to do is make a few phone calls, book the speaker, and meet and greet them at our meeting. Anyone who would like to give it a try even if it is just for a few months to see if you like it, one of us will shadow you to help and teach you in any way we can.

If you are interested please speak to one of the Committee.

(Updated: 2018-08-27 17:30:09)

Extract from August Newsletter

Tricia s Thoughts

Another month gone and what a scorcher! Hope your gardens have survived the dreadful heat. At least we have not had to cut the grass!

I hope you all enjoyed the Beekeeper talk. I am sure there is loads more to learn so I shall certainly be getting him back sometime in the future.

Do not forget the next meeting is more of a social evening. It will be good to have time to chat and it will also give you the opportunity to air your views on things you would like to happen within the club in the future. Do not have too big a dinner that night as there will be delicious cake served with your cup of tea.

I hope you will bring along your allocated plant to see who has had the most success under difficult conditions. Also some of our members will have items for sale so do not forget your purse! If any of you have any good quality items you do not need any more such as unwanted gifts etc. we would always be grateful for donations for our raffles.

Social Secretary Report

Well the only thing I think on most people s minds at the moment have been how long is the heat-wave going to go on for. It has been absolutely boiling at times and no air to breathe, I have had my windows and doors constantly open with two fans blowing away but nothing seems to move the humidity and the poor gardens have really suffered this year with brown grass as well.

I expect you will remember that at this next meeting we are not having a speaker, so the Committee said it would be nice to just have a relaxing evening chatting with friends over a nice cuppa and a piece of cake. There will also be a few tables for you to browse around and maybe purchase a few items to take home with you, so please remember to bring along some money as you might need it.

I will be having two stalls this time, one with all sorts of cards and the other with items that I have made for your gardens, some being quite big so be prepared if you purchase any that you have got to carry them home afterwards. Maureen will be having her usual jewellery stall and Jean her knitting stall plus others so please come along and enjoy the evening. Do not forget to bring your allocated plants back too.

Brighton Sunday 9 September 17 p.p

I have booked the usual 28-seater coach and so far I only have 14 names. If anyone else is interested then please come and see me throughout the evening. Those people who have put their names down and not paid me yet, please remember to bring some money or a cheque along.

Eddie Open garden afternoon tea Sunday 5 August from 1.30 p.m

There are no parking restrictions on a Sunday so you should be able to find a space in the road. Although the garden is not at its very best due to the heatwave we have been able to keep most things alive so there is plenty to see. There are plenty of seats and tables to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake so we are sure you will have a good afternoon.

Our intention is to try and open it again for charity next year, but it is getting harder each year so we will have to see how it goes. Anyway this year is a thank you for your support over the years.

Help Needed

Secretary for the Soc.

Someone to book speakers - it does not have to be Fuchsias although we do like to have some.

If you are interested please speak to one of the Committee.

(Updated: 2018-08-27 17:01:44)

Extract from July Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Having discussed a possible flower show in August we have decided not to go ahead with it. Unfortunately we did not have anyone confident enough to come forward to mastermind it so we are having a year off. Let's see what happens next year.

The August Club night will be a bit different and will take the form of a social evening. There will be items for sale and if any members would like a table to display their goods just let a member of the committee know. We would like you all to bring in your Allocated Plant to be judged. We realise there wasn't time to stop it but we are all in the same boat. Mine has just started to bloom so I guess I wont have any blooms by August.

The July speaker is a Beekeeper which will be very interesting. He will bring items for sale so don't forget your money.

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

Social Secretary's Report

The last speaker was quite interesting and I think everyone learnt a bit more about keeping the plants ship shape and healthy and how to keep the dreaded bugs at bay.

Next Trip

Sunday 9th September - Brighton

I have provisionally booked a 28-seater coach. Details will follow shortly.

Eddie's Bit

Open Garden

We are not due to open our garden for charity this year. Instead we felt we would like to have an informal get together with the society members as a thank you for all the support you have given us over the years.

So on Sunday August 5 you are all invited to come and enjoy a cup of tea and cakes with us. It is not for charity so there is no entrance fee and the refreshments are on us.

Please let us know if you are coming to the Open Garden at either the July or August meetings. If you will not be at the meetings you can ring.

Help Needed

We are still looking for someone to take over as Secretary for the Soc., it really doesn't involve much, you come to our committee meetings once a month take notes, then write them up and send each committee member a copy by email.

We are also looking for someone to book speakers, it doesn't have to be Fuchsias although we do like to have some that are. All you need to do is make a few phone calls, book the speaker, and meet and greet them at our meeting. Anyone who would like to give it a try even if it's just for a few months to see if you like it, one of us will help in any way we can.

If you are interested please speak to one of the Committee.

(Updated: 2018-07-12 16:24:59)

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)