April meeting notes

Claire Brown brought plenty of herbs and was full of good advice on how to care for them.

The recent cold and wet weather meant that the competition entries were down but well done to those members who were able to find some items to show.  (Thank you Brian for taking the photos in my absence.)

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April raffle prizes

Janet had organised a good set of raffle prizes again.

Don’t forget to look after your antirrhinum seedlings.  Let’s see if we can have a bumper Club Challenge.

See you in May for the Plant Sale and a Flower Arranging demonstration.

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15th March Rescheduled AGM meeting

There were enough members and the full Committee to hold the rescheduled AGM in the Community Room at the Rec.

Tributes from Chris Gadd and Chris Parnell were followed by a minute’s silence observed in honour of Jon Read who had been a stalwart member of the club for a great many years, and had recently passed away.

We were able to present most of the trophies but Jane O’Kill and Helen Statham will have to wait a little longer for their presentations.

Chairman, Brian Webb, did the honours (thanks Brian); here are the 2017 competition winners who were able to take their trophies away …

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It was sad that Linda confirmed her forthcoming move back to East Sussex but we thanked her with garden tokens for taking on the reigns of Secretary over recent years.  A job well done.  Thank you Linda and we wish you and Peter all the very best back (at some time) in your former house and garden.

Linda confirmed that April will be her last meeting attendance.

Likewise, Pat resigned as Programme Secretary, and having created really interesting sets of talks over several years we also presented her with garden tokens.  Thanks Pat.




There followed a very special presentation to Liz Morgan, our Competition Secretary, who has been undertaking this role for over 23 years.  Wow!  Liz was Competition Secretary when I joined the club over 20 years ago and has hardly missed a meeting.  Her deep knowledge of plants shames a lot of us but is incredibly useful in the Quiz Team!  Liz said she hadn’t realised how long it had been but remembered taking over from Robin Daborn – a long-service award most definitely well deserved.  Thanks Liz.  She already has ideas on how to use the tokens choosing items to put in the communal garden she manages in Sunninghill.  Have fun, Liz.

Our meeting was a small one and there were no volunteers to take on roles (Secretary and Programme Secretary) to keep the club going so it looks likely that this will be our last year.  However, we have an excellent programme to work through in 2018 so there is still time for someone to fill the gap but this needs to be done by June when we would start to create the new programme for 2019.  The Committee are already starting to plan for closure at year end.

Our meeting finished with the usual refreshments and chat and raffle – Janet had managed to keep the raffle prizes going an extra couple of weeks – well done for nursing them through the snowy period to our new meeting date.

We look forward to a great set of talks for 2018 – next up Claire Brown and Herbs for the Garden, Kitchen and Vase.  5th April, 7.15 pm doors for 7.30 pm – see post below.















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5th April Meeting – Herbs for the Garden, Kitchen and Vase

Mint (thanks to Pixaby)

Can’t you just smell the mint?!

Herbs are a great addition to our gardens, adding colour, scent and an additional
ingredient in our cooking.

Claire Brown will talk through which ones are the most useful to you and how they can be grown to keep them healthy and productive.

Herbs will be available to purchase.


Click the notice for all the usual details.

Do come and join us – all welcome.

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Rescheduled AGM – Thurs 15th March

How nice to see the sun again and some warmer temperatures.

We have rescheduled the AGM for Thursday afternoon 15th March, 2 pm to 4 pm at the Community Room in the Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Broomhall Lane, SL5 0QS.

There will be the usual review of the Association and your chance to provide input to the Committee; election of officers; presentation of trophies to the winners of the 2017 annual competition; a raffle, refreshments, and the monthly competition go ahead as normal.

We’d like as many members as possible to attend this meeting especially our trophy holders.

Please reply to Linda’s email as soon as you can, thanks.

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!! TONIGHT !! Insect Armageddon

An important new local community research project is launched tonight at Ascot Heath Junior School, Rhododendron Walk, North Ascot SL5 8PN.

Full details please see: Insect Armageddon poster v3.

With apologies for the short notice.

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URGENT – Meeting 1st March tonight – CANCELLED

Overnight snow and more predicted for this evening have led us to cancel our AGM tonight.  The risks of people trying to travel to the Hall are too great.  We don’t want anyone injuring themselves.

Linda has emailed the members but if you know of people who would normally come who are not on email, please let them know the meeting is off.

I will be trying to find a day-time venue before the end of the month so that we can hold the AGM before the April meeting.   Details to follow as soon as possible.

Meantime, stay safe and warm.

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Meeting 1st March – AGM and Members’ Evening

Ready to present the trophies … in 2017

It’s that time of year again – time to dust down your trophies, give them a shine, and bring them back for the AGM presentations.  We are aware that the weather may prove difficult but, hopefully, Friday is the worst day this week.  Please try and get there if you can.  The SADGA – March 2018 notice contains all the usual details – 7.15 pm doors for 7.30 pm start.  We hope you can make it.

Bring ideas too for your Committee, and the completed questionnaire from last month.  Your input is very important to us.

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Grass Roots #32

The latest Grass Roots brochure from the RHS is available here: 2018-02 RHS Grass Roots [#32].  It’s quite big so give it time to load.  I’ve put two front pages on – not a mistake – it helps in a 2-page view as  you then see the pages left and right as they are printed.  OK?
Some of the features include:

  • Green a grey space
  • Sharing is caring – Public edibles
  • Orchards
  • Waste not want not
  • Build a bottle greenhouse


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Sunningdale regain the Alistair Fosdick trophy

SADGA: Rosemary, Chris, Liz, and Brian

The evening was very grey and wet so thank you to the team for turning out for the annual Quiz against Ascot.

Thanks too to our hosts, Ascot Horticultural Society, for a jolly evening with a tasty buffet supper.

There were four sets of questions and we ate between the third and fourth rounds.  At the end of the third round we were neck and neck at 24 points apiece.  After supper we concluded the quiz still matching each other with 32 points.  So to a tie break.

Chris receives the Alistair Fosdick trophy

Do you remember the song Tulips from Amsterdam?  Which year was it released?  We both answered 1954 – both wrong, it was 1958.  Still no decision, so on to tie break two.

Which year was the garden around Queen Mary’s Dolls House (at Windsor Castle) created by Gertrude Jekyll?  We worked out 1922, Ascot chose 1913.  A result – the year was 1924, so we were closest and were duly presented by Liz with the Alistair Fosdick trophy which Ascot had held for the previous four years.

So many thanks to Peter, Jonathan, Greg, and Jim for a sporting and fun event.  Thanks to Jenny for being Quizmaster supported by scorer Liz.  Sorry, Jenny, that we got you to repeat so many Latin names – it was very important we got it right!!

ASCOT: Jim, Jonathan, Greg, Peter

Liz (scorer) and Jenny (Quizmaster)





Back: Maureen, Sonya, Sheila Front: Eve, Agnes, Maisie, Pat




The audience did the same quiz as we did and 4 of our lovely supporters (Eve, Agnes, Maisie, and Pat) won the prize.  Thanks too to Maureen, Sheila, and Sonya for being there and willing us on.

Well done everybody.


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Adverts have been moved

Hello everyone – Good News – the adverts are still there but at the bottom of the right hand sidebar.  I hope you can now see my messages easily again.  🙂

I have several posts to add but will not be able to complete them for a day or two.

Thanks for your patience.


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