Meetings & Events

DECEMBER MEETING CANCELLED

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 19:00

CANCELLED

I'm afraid The Committee has decided to cancel this year's 'Christmas Party'.

With only 20 members wishing to attend (that includes The Committee) together with the uncertainty surrounding what happens next with regard to COVID and the real possibility of numbers falling off even further we felt that we just couldn't plan properly for this year's event.

We are sure that those who wished to attend will be bitterly disappointed as we are, but with so few numbers it just isn't feasible.

We thank you all for your continuing support. Without you, The Members, there wouldn't be a Gardening Club and here's hoping that 2022 will see us getting back to some kind of normality.

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and hopefully see many of you next year.

Keep safe and warm.

It’s Christmas Party Time, starts at 7pm.  

I am pleased to report that our December Meeting (party) will also feature a brief presentation by Thomas Courtauld DL (Deputy Lieutenant for Norfolk) on 'The Queens Green Canopy'.

The precis of the QGC is : The Queen’s Green Canopy is an initiative to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by encouraging people to plant and protect trees as a legacy to Her Majesty’s Service to the Nation. The QGC will invite the four Nations of the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” and will encourage people to plant well with healthy trees that will not only survive but thrive for generations to come. Everyone from community groups, schools, scout groups, corporates, counties, councils and parishes are encouraged to plant trees – from saplings to majestic avenues of significant trees – to mark this extraordinary occasion. As well as inviting people to plant new trees, existing woodland will also be dedicated to QGC by erecting commemorative plaques to mark the occasion and preserve forests for the future, in The Queen’s name. The QGC was launched in May. There is an excellent website at www.queensgreencanopy.org which explains it all and how your trees can be recorded.

With Covid precautions in mind things will be slightly different this year. We normally ask you to bring party food to share and whilst we will provide wrapped chocolates and individual packs of nibbles for the tables you may, by all means, bring your own non-sharing snacks.

As usual we will provide mulled wine and non-alcoholic punch, together with soft drinks.

There will be a quiz, but numbers on each table will be limited and we ask that only one person per table has the pen and answer sheet.

At our last 'Christmas Bash' we asked if any members would like to entertain us with any ditties and we had a few volunteers including myself! These don't have to be song, but could also be a light-hearted story  or something similar - mine was a light-hearted prayer!

Under the present circumstances to enable us to properly cater for this 'do' could I please ask you to let me know by 30 November whether you will be coming.

Jeff Johnson

(jeffandcaroljohnson@yahoo.co.uk)

Location:

Town Hall, Church St, Reepham NR10 4JW

Contact:

Jeff Johnson

jeffandcaroljohnson@yahoo.co.uk

JANUARY MEETING

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 19:45

Jane Steward

‘The Wonderful Medlar, Our Forgotten Fruit’

Jane is owner of Eastgate Larder, specialist grower and producer of medlar preserves. Jane will talk about her passion for reviving the medlar and the orchard they have planted at Eastgate.

 

Location:

Town Hall, Church St, Reepham NR10 4JW

Contact:

Jeff Johnson

jeffandcaroljohnson@yahoo.co.uk

FEBRUARY MEETING

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 19:45

Andrew Brogan

Owner of Henstead Exotic Gardens

The Story of Henstead Exotic Gardens

This is one of the most well known exotic gardens in the UK and has featured in all the national newspapers and Gardeners World. In 2017 it was voted Britain’s Best Garden by Alan Titchmarch on ITV.

Location:

Town Hall, Church St, Reepham NR10 4JW

Contact:

Jeff Johnson

jeffandcaroljohnson@yahoo.co.uk

MARCH MEETING

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - 19:45

Bob Coutts

‘Gardening for Spring’

Bob, who is a professional gardener and retired Head Gardener at Somerleyton Hall, has a wealth of horticultural knowledge and has given many talks to the Gardening Club on numerous subjects. Back by popular demand the ‘talk’ (which, from past experience, will be very hands-on and descriptive) is very apt for this time of year.

Location:

Town Hall, Church St, Reepham NR10 4JW

Contact:

Jeff Johnson

jeffandcaroljohnson@yahoo.co.uk

APRIL MEETING & AGM

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 19:30

AGM at 7.30 followed by:

Ellen Mary

‘Plants and Nature for Wellbeing’

Ellen has been listed in the Top 5 Women Influencers in Horticulture by Grow Your Own Magazine! She has appeared on many TV programmes and is the Horticultural Co-Ordinator for the Royal Norfolk Show. The wellbeing talk will explore the history of social and therapeutic horticulture and how plants and nature overall help our physical and mental health wellbeing.

 

Location:

Town Hall, Church St, Reepham NR10 4JW

Contact:

Jeff Johnson

jeffandcaroljohnson@yahoo.co.uk

MAY MEETING

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 16:45

Gabriel Read

Of Gabi’s Garden

‘A Year in the Cut Flower Garden’

Gabi is an organic flower grower and florist and will talk about the flowers and foliage she grows for her floristry studio.

Location:

Town Hall, Church St, Reepham NR10 4JW

Contact:

Jeff Johnson

jeffandcaroljohnson@yahoo.co.uk