Codford

GARDENING CLUB PROGRAMME FOR 2018

We meet in the Large Hall of Codford Village hall on the third Wednesday of every month at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

Coffee or tea and biscuits are served before the meeting.

Subscriptions may be paid to the Treasurer at the annual general Meeting in January, either by cash or by cheque (made out to the Codford and District Gardening Club). The subscription is £5.00 for the year.  The charge for guests is £2 payable to the Treasurer on the evening concerned.

ALL trips have to be paid for by the May meeting.  Please be aware that if you have put your name down to go on a trip and have to cancel – FOR ANY REASON – it is up to you to find someone to take your place.  Coaches have to be booked months in advance and the number of people going on the trip calculates the price paid; it cannot be altered later if people drop out.

All Villages have a representative on the Committee, so if there is any subject you would like to hear about, or you know or have heard a wonderful speaker, or have visited a beautiful garden that you think members would enjoy seeing, please tell your representative who will pass the message on.

PROGRAMME FOR 2018

17th January                   Annual General Meeting. As usual please bring a plate of goodies with you and/or a bottle.

10th February        Annual Potato Day from 10am to 1pm. All sorts of fruit trees, soft fruits, potatoes and vegetables for your growing needs throughout the year.  Please remember that we need volunteers to help set up on the Friday at 4pm and folk to serve teas and coffees throughout the actual morning. We are once again asking members to bake cakes for sale.

21st February        Dr Philip Morley will be talking on “The Perfect British Tomato”.  Dr Morley is the Technical Officer of the British Tomato Growers Association and will cover how commercial tomatoes are produced, growing using waste heat and no pesticides and why organic tomatoes are seen to be more expensive.

21st March            “A Meadow in My Garden”  with Paul from Woodborough Garden Centre talking about how to create a habitat for pollinators in your garden and enjoy the results.

18th April              Christine Stones talking on “Gardens of WW1”. This covers gardens on the Western Front, internment camp vegetable shows to life on the Home Front.

9th May                 Visit to Gill Cramer’s garden in Somerset. This was created from a nucleur bunker and a field.  Gill will give us lunch and the coach will leave Codford Village Hall car park at 10am. This is an opportunity to wander round the garden and house if you wish, designed as a relaxing day. Numbers limited.

16th May               “Plants that have changed the World and the Way we Live” with Rosina Branham

19th May               Plant sale and Coffee Morning at Manor Farm, Codford by kind permission of the Collins Family. From 10am to 12 noon; Entrance £1.50 which includes your first cup of tea/coffee and cake. Please bring all plants to the venue at 3.30pm on the Friday and NOT beforehand.  This will enable us to price them and set up.

20th June               First trip of the Summer to Biddestone Manor, Chippenham. This has eight acres of wide lawns, lake and ponds, arboretum and roses; with a kitchen cutting garden and orchards. Tea is in the formal front garden full of flowers, perfume and beauty.

18th July                Second Trip of the Summer to Fritham Lodge, Nr Cadnam in the New Forest. Set in 18 acres with one acre walled garden round Grade 11 house originally one of Charles 11 hunting lodges (not open). Parterre of old roses, potager with wide range of vegetables, pergola, blue and white mixed borders, tulips and ponds. Walk across hay meadows to woodland and stream with ponies, donkeys, sheep and rare breed hens.

16th August           Last trip of the Summer to Anderson Manor, Blandford Forum. This has 3 acres of mature topiary, old roses and herbaceous borders surrounding an Elizabethan manor house (not open).  Formal gardens, gazebos, bowling green, walled garden, parterre and orchard. Yew and box hedges, pleached lime walk and avenue of walnut trees. C12 church open next to house.

19th September      Rosy Hardy, from the famous Hardy Nurseries will be coming to talk to us on “Hardy Perennials”.  Hardys Nurseries have won umpteen Gold medals in the Chelsea Flower Show and this should be an extra Special talk!

17th October          Steve Austin from Romsey,  will be talking on “Winter  Jewels” and giving ideas to brighten up those dark days of Winter.


21st November       Sue Carter, Head Gardener in Lacock Abbey will be coming to talk on “The History of Lacock Abbey and Its Gardens”.

November             Mr Stanleys Marvellous Much deliveries    

5th December         Christmas Lunch. A return to the Golf Club.

If anyone wishes to stand for the Committee, please ask them first if they are willing – and then give their names to the secretary before the Annual General Meeting.

Committee Members in 2017

Chairman                                J Claypoole

Treasurer                                 Mike Bremridge

Secretary                                  Karen Johnstone

Village Representatives:

Bishopstrow & Sutton Veny     Trish Thompson

Codford St Peter                      Jane Curtis

Codford St Mary                      Sue Poolman

Upton Lovell                            Brenda Akers

Boyton & Corton                     Frances Rigby

Wylye                                       John Ogden

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