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Extract from October Newsletter

Tricia’s Thoughts

I would like to start by thanking Doreen for arranging another very enjoyable get together on the 18th September when we met at the Top Oak pub for a fish and chip lunch. I have to say it was the best fish and chips I have had in a long, long time. Thank you, Doreen, for all your hard work arranging these occasion.

Our next speaker is Ann Wilmore who will be bringing along more of her antique gadgets for us to work out their uses. Do not forget that the October meeting will commence at sharp instead of

Social Secretary’s Report

So many of the Members who attended this meal really loved it there and asked if we were likely to go back again in December like we did last year for a Christmas Lunch. Well after discussions with the Committee Members it has been decided that it would be a good idea to return there once again.

Friday 6 December Xmas lunch – Top Oak Pub

Hopefully quite a lot of you will be interested in joining us for a nice meal just before the Christmas rush.

I believe, like last year, you can either have a 2 or a 3 course meal for lunch. If you are interested in joining us, please see me to put your names down. Hopefully I will have more information at the next meeting which is on Friday 4th October.

Eddie’s Bit

Open Garden

Once again the gods were smiling on us at our last open garden event of the year. Whether we will be able to do it again who knows! The sun shone all day and although the numbers were down from previous days we still managed 100 visitors which was great for the time of the year. The tea and cakes went well as usual which enabled us to donate £616.95 to the NGS charity. We would like to say thanks to everyone who supported us, it was nice to see everyone sitting at tables enjoying their tea and cakes.

Elaine’s Bit

Bert Grimwood sadly passed away last Saturday. Bert was a lovely man who had been a member for quite some years. Due to ill health he had to give up coming to meetings.

(Updated: 2019-10-03 16:12:32)

Extract from September Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

I do hope you all enjoyed the last meeting. My thanks to Doreen, Jan and Eddie for arranging cheese, fruit punch and talk. I was only sorry I had to shoot off early.

Our next talk is The Remus Horse Sanctuary. They are always very interesting so you are in for a good evening. I spoke to them today and they are bringing sales items again, including Christmas bits. I know it is a bit early to be using that word but their cards have been very good on previous visits.

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I do hope everyone enjoyed the last meeting where we had a Cheese & Punch and just socialised with friends after a very interesting talk by Eddie. Jan Haley made some lovely fruit punches for us to sample and hopefully I had selected enough of the right sort of cheeses to delight peoples tastes. We were able to play a few quizzes on each table whilst munching away on the cheese and biscuits, which made a bit of fun during the evening for everyone to join in.

Top Oak Restaurant Wednesday 18th September 12.30

The cost will be £16 per person for a 2 course meal. At the moment we have thirteen names, so if there are anymore of you who would be interested in joining us for lunch then please let me know by phone or at the latest at the next meeting on 6th September with full payment. I also have a lunch menu for Members to look at.

Eddie's Bit

Open Garden

Just a reminder we will be open again for charity for the last time this year on September 15th, this time for The National Garden Scheme.

Elaine's Bit

Sadly Marion Patient passed away last month, Marion has been a member for a very long time and even though she could not get to our meeting as she has been so very ill for a few years now she has remained a member and always looked forward to getting her newsletter to see what we were up too. Our thoughts and sympathy go to her cousin Jean Jefferies who is also a long time member and the rest of her family and friends.

Thank you to all of you who are saving your stamps for canine partners I am sure Vixen is very pleased to receive them.

Just to remind you that your Membership is due for renewal next month, it is still £10 per year and £3 each meeting.

(Updated: 2019-09-11 11:01:17)

Extract from August Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

We have just spent an idyllic Sunday afternoon in Jan and Eddie's garden, which they had opened to the public in aid of Essex Wildlife. I have been to their garden several times now, but never tire of it.

At the last meeting I was asked about the allocated plant. If any of you have brought them on in pots please bring them to the August meeting when we will ask members to judge them as usual.

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As we do not have a speaker for the next meeting which is on 2nd August, Eddie Haley will be doing another short talk as he did before.

Cheese and Fruit Punch

Jan Haley and myself will be bringing along the items needed to make a Fruit Punch (non-alcoholic), plus Cheese & Biscuits for the evening. There will also be a quiz.

Top Oak Pub/Restaurant 2 course menu

Hopefully at the next meeting I will have some information on this.

Eddie's Bit Open Garden

Once again on Sunday July 21st with rain forecast all around us we did not get a drop. Thanks to those of you who managed to support us, we had another great day with everybody seeming to enjoy themselves This one was for Essex Wildlife Trust who we have belonged to for years. The number of visitors were down but we still managed to raise a nice amount of money. We will be open again for charity on September 15th for the National Garden Scheme.

August Meeting

I have been asked to do a short talk about my family history at our social evening. However I promise I will not bore you with loads of detail. I am just going to say how I got started, one or two highlights and where I am at now. Unless you have lots of questions, it will only take about 10 minutes.

Jan Haley's request

When sorting out the cupboard at the hall, we came across 2 wall hangings that have been in the society for many years and were used at the shows. I noticed there were a few spaces and a lot of current names missing. I will get them out next Friday and if anyone who has not signed them would like to, please do so and I will embroider your signatures to match in.

Thank You

Elaine's Bit

I had a really lovely afternoon at Jan & Eddie's open garden on Sunday where not only the cakes were really yummy and the garden fantastic as always, but I met up with some of our old members who have moved away or are unable to come for whatever reason which made my day perfect.

(Updated: 2019-08-24 11:01:36)

Extract from July Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hope you are all well. Seems hard to believe we are already half way through the year. The time really does pass faster as you get older.

I would like to say a big thank you to Doreen for once again arranging a very enjoyable afternoon on the 19th. It was great to get together over a delicious afternoon tea. Maybe this is the way forward for outings as we are unable to fill coaches any more.

Our next meeting should be all about fuchsias. I am hoping Don Harris will come and give us a talk. I say this as he has been remarkably quiet since I booked him, so fingers crossed.

Social Secretary's Report

The last meeting went well in spite of the fact that not many people were there. The speaker was good and had our full attention throughout his talk and he had so much information to tell us about the place where he worked that he continued after our tea break.

I was also able to have a summer stall for St. Clare's Hospice and was very pleased to have sold quite a lot of items throughout the evening and managed to take £97.15 that night. I have also been given money for the Jigsaw Puzzles sold during evening club nights and have so far collected £8 making a total of £105.15.

On Wednesday 19th June some of the Members met up for Afternoon Tea at the Top Oak Pub. Everyone that came along seemed to enjoy themselves and it was nice to just sit and talk with friends over a cuppa.

Unfortunately I have had to cancel the trip to Wisley on 8th September due to lack of interest.

In December I shall be trying to organise our Christmas Lunch, as usual, so let us hope I can get quite a few takers for that and it will probably be in the same place as last year The Top Oak Pub.

Eddie's Bit

Open Garden

This one was for the NGS Charity which is nationwide so the proceeds go to a number of deserving charities.

The number of visitors was down but we still managed to raise almost as much money. We were able to give £878.50 to The National Garden Scheme so it was a very successful day.

Just a reminder we will be open again for charity on July 21st, this time for Essex Wildlife Trust and September 15th again for the NGS.

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.

(Updated: 2019-07-02 10:24:13)

Extract from June Newsletter

Tricia's Thoughts

Hope you are all well. At the last Committee Meeting I was asked to write to Kevin Cole re the lack of heating at our last two meetings. I have now received a letter of apology from Kevin. Apparently when checking all the electrical equipment prior to our meeting the electrician blew up the cash tills and the Boiler, hence the lack of heating. Fortunately the weather has now turned warmer so we should be alright next time!

I hope you all found the Walled Garden talk interesting. I had no idea the garden was as big as that.

The next talk is about Rainham Hall and gardens. I am sorry it will be a similar theme to last month but it is so difficult to get speakers I have to book them when I can. Don't forget if you ever hear of a good speaker on your travels do let me know.

This coming meeting will be your last chance to book to go to Wisley in September. Unless Doreen gets sufficient firm bookings on the night this trip will also be cancelled. This will be a shame as we don't have to pay entry at Wisley, it is only the cost of the coach which makes it quite a cheap day out.

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Wisley Sunday 8 September

If at the next meeting I get enough names then I shall be asking you all for £5 deposit, if not the trip will not go ahead. By the time I see you all I shall have phoned the coach company up for details as to how much the 28 seater coach will cost for that day, and then work how much this trip will actually cost per person, but at the moment for this Newsletter I am unable to let you know as I am still biding my time before committing myself too early to pay the £100 as a holding deposit.

Table Sale for St. Clare's Hospice

I might be having a table during the evening selling summer type objects that I have made, as well as other items, all in aid of St. Clare's Hospice so if any of you are interested in buying anything then I shall be glad to see you at my table.

Eddie's Bit

Open Garden

Just a reminder we will be open for charity on June 23rd, July 21st and September 15th. from 12.30 to 5.30.

The first one is for the National Garden scheme, entrance is £4, Children free. The NGS is a nationwide charity and have raised literally millions of pounds for various charities. There will be the usual refreshments and plant sales etc.

Elaine's Bit.

I received this from John Newham who went to the trouble of looking on the BFS website and ringing Derek Dexter after the last meeting to get this information for us about the plants that we bought from Derek.

ISN’T SHE LOVELY is a Bush Variety. Single White Corolla, Creamy White sepals.

MY SACHA is a Upright Bush Variety. Good show bench variety. Single. Red Corolla, Lilac/Blueish sepals.

STRIKE THE VIOL. Is a Triphylla type. Creamy White flowers.

The plant that Derek first demonstrated his cuttings method ( which he told members they could pick up free) was called BOOGIE WOOGIE as far as he can remember, but can't guarantee as his memory isn't as good as it used to be. (ha ha) we all know that feeling.

Last of all I would like to say a huge thank you to John Newham for going to all the trouble of finding out what our plants were called.

(Updated: 2019-06-20 16:43:19)

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.

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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)