SADGA Xmas lunch – Dec 6th 2018 – Adieu to our loyal members

What a great day we had at The Berkshire Golf Club chatting, eating, dishing out garden  vouchers and photographs of competition cups (in lieu of actual trophies).  The following pictures record those presentations:

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As well as the annual competition winners we had a few extra awards to make for those who had not previously been thanked.  Joan Abson has been organising our outings for some time – great work.  Rosemary is a long-time member and assistant Treasurer (helping Gwen long before I took over as Treasurer).  Eve has been creating smashing articles for the Sunninghill Parish Mag for several years using a great turn of phrase creating advice for gardeners; also putting up and taking down notices in the local area as part of her wider advertising strategy.  Brian has kept our meetings to good time, having taken the gavel from David, and run the raffle draw very efficiently.

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It was lovely to welcome back Margaret Latham (a very long-time member of the club and Committee member who lived near the Village Hall) and Robin Lack, our Vice-President, who kindly agreed to present the prizes.

Pictures of the engraved trophies (which will end up in the Bowls Club or Windsor Museum – details to be confirmed) follow.  If you click on one it will create a slideshow.  I’ve set the pictures up as A4 so if you’d like to print a copy for yourself just save.  It was my intention to have a copy ready for you at the Xmas lunch.  However, Clive will attest to my efforts (using sheets, boards and white paper) to create an environment where the shiny reflections would be reduced.  It took too long and you will see that the results are by no means perfect!  But they do record the engravings for the 2018 competition and some earlier successes.  By the way, the bold and underlined headings show what is actually on the trophy.  You will see that the club appears in different names – having studied them at close quarters I have come to the conclusion that some of the people who donated them were confused and got the name wrong when ordering the original trophy!  It matters not.

After the presentations Robin Lack said a few kind words about the club of which he had been a member for many, many years.  Indeed he knew various people named on the trophies.

Chairman, Brian Webb, closed the “formal” (although fairly boisterous) proceedings with more kind words and we assembled for a group photograph:

2018-12-06 The final group photo

Left to right:
Jane, Rene, Judith, Margaret, Christine, Eve, Pam, Rodney, Pam, Peter, Joan, Liz, Peter, Brian, Chris, Catherine, Rosemary, Dave, Maisie, Linda, Pat, Janet, Agnes, Alan, Carolann, Robin, Helen, Clive, Susan, Maureen, Geoff, Martie, Barbara, and Jean.

Unfortunately Christina and Moira both had to leave very promptly and so escaped the picture taking.

I realised, only just recently, that I had not posted the photos from the November Photo Competition.  So let me fill that gap now:

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So, we are now defunct!  But only as a club.  We hope to meet up in the future – indeed our first outing has been organised and the applications are starting to materialise.

Thank you all for being such a lovely bunch of people.  I’ve had 20 years of fun and games with you all!

Kind regards to everyone – Chris Parnell (ex-Secretary and Treasurer).


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Meeting – Thurs 1st Nov – Bumblebees

Short-haired Bumblebee – courtesy of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Dr Nikki Gammans has been working since 2009 to reintroduce short-haired bumblebees to the UK.

Her illustrated talk, Gardening for Bumblebees, will tell us how vital insects are as pollinators and what we can do in our gardens to attract them in.

Do come and join us.  Click on the notice for more details.



Forgot to remind everyone about the Photo Competition!  Winners selected by popular vote.

(1)  Family Pets
(2)  Transport
(3)  Exhibitor’s Choice

7″ x 5″ maximum size.     £5 garden token to each class winner.


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Meeting – 4th October

Having retired as Head Gardener from Mill Court, near Alton in Hampshire, Geoff Hawkins now finds himself  with a smaller garden space to manage.  His talk From 30 acres to 30 Square Yards covers that transition.  It will be interesting to see what kind of plants he uses in his now small garden compared to those on a big estate.

Usual time, usual place – click the notice for more details.

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Meeting – Thurs 6th September – Bring and Buy Sale and Patio Gardening

We start with a Bring and Buy Sale in the Village Hall from 7 pm – all takings into club funds.

Then we have Steve Bradley, whose several decades of horticultural lecturing and experience will give us tips on using containers with fruit, flowers, and vegetables in his illustrated talk on Patio Gardening.  Steve has been to SADGA before and you are guaranteed to learn a lot.

Click on the notice for more details.

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2018 Summer Grass Roots [#34]

Here’s the latest Grass Roots brochure from the RHS:

2018 Summer Grass Roots [#34]

which includes –

  • Groups growing greener
  • Community campaigning tips
  • Creating a dry garden
  • Projects for a changing climate
  • Growing tomorrow’s gardeners
  • Why Britain is blooming
  • A loo with a view



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Meeting 2nd August – Wetlands and Waterways – Nigel Choat

10 River Test

A keen wildlife photographer, Nigel Choat has been taking photos for over 30 years.  Come and see the wide range of his pictures to illustrate his talk Wetlands and Waterways.

It is also time to bring in your Club Challenge plants – £5 garden token to the winner.

Usual time, usual place.  Click on the notice to bring up the details.  

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Meeting 5th July – Gardens of Surrey with Cherrill Sands

  Titsey Place (17th century) – this is the walled garden – is one of the gardens Cherrill Sands will discuss when she gives her talk on Gardens of Surrey.


From formal 17th century examples to pleasure grounds of the 18th century, through Arts & Crafts delights to some modern designs of the 20th century. The talk will include Albury, Painshill, Titsey Place and the Guildford Roof Garden by Geoffrey Jellicoe.

Usual time, usual place – click notice to enlarge.



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Meeting 7th June – Heathers talk by John Hall

 RHS Wisley Gardens are completely revamping their heather area – it all looks very exciting. Right is calluna vulgaris ‘Golden Feather’.

Next meeting:  Thursday 7th June.  This will be a light hearted but informative talk about how heathers are produced.  Why you can, and should, grow heathers in your garden.  When to trim (with practical demonstration) and how to plant heathers in the garden and in containers.  Plants will be available to purchase.

Usual time and place – 7.15 for 7.30 pm at the Village Hall.  Click on the notice to enlarge.

This meeting is the closing date for our outing in July – please bring your relevant monies.  Thanks.

I have also added an updated Privacy Policy document to the Website, on a new page (see top menu).

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2018 Spring Grass Roots #33

I have added a spare page 1 again so that in a 2-page view you can see the articles as printed.

  • Outline of Contents:
  • Wildlife Growing Special
  • Go Wild for Worms
  • Getting Young People Growing
  • NHS & RHS for Wellbeing
  • Britain in Bloom

As usual, 2018 (1) Spring Grass Roots #33 is a 16-page booklet so it will take a moment or two to download.  ENJOY.


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Meeting Thurs 3rd May – Flower Arranging Demonstration

The eagle-eyed of you will have noticed that the normal email reminder contains the WRONG date!!  Sorry about that.

However, here I confirm that our next meeting is on Thursday 3rd May.

We start with a Plant Sale in the Car Park behind the Hall at 6.50 pm.

Above is an exhibit from an Ascot Summer Show.

Alison Phillips is demonstrating Flower Arranging and the finished items will be raffled.

Do come and join us – usual time and place.  See you there.

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