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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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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