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West Meon Parish Council

Gardening Club

West Meon Parish Council Gardening Club

The West Meon Garden Club covers the West Meon, Warnford and Woodlands area and is open to all who have an interest in gardening.  For more details contact the club secretary Yvonne Noble on 01730 829050 or e-mail.

For details of the current and future activities see the programme of events for 2018 below.

Garden Club - September/October 2018

On Saturday 11th August the Garden Club held its annual Summer Show. (Photos by Edwin Grimshaw.)

Despite hot weather leading to a drop in the number of exhibits in the Vegetables, Flowers & Fruit classes, entrants impressed in other classes. 

An innovation this year: the transformation of the Children’s Section into the Fun Section with three age groups: up to 9 years of age; 10 - 15 and 16 plus. A very high standard was achieved  and entries were well up on last year.  It was most encouraging to see so many new children take part, all prize winners: Josh Bassil, who was awarded first prize for his mini scarecrow; his sister Tilly, winning two prizes, including a second for a vegetable animal; Rhiba Cole and her sister Daisiymay (both budding artists, painting pictures depicting respectively a nursery rhyme and the other entitled “Out of this World” and Haddy Howard, whose highly amusing collage representing “Incy Wincy Spider” showed impressive attention to detail and earned him second prize. 

We were delighted to welcome Lorraine Harriott, resident of West Meon and teacher, as judge of the Fun Section.  She thoroughly enjoyed her judging, whilst finding it extremely difficult sometimes to choose between such talented exhibitors.  We’re sure her warm and positive comments were much appreciated by the competitors.

Yvonne Noble gained enough points in both crafts and cookery classes to take home respectively both the President’s Challenge Trophy and the Dorothy Baker Challenge Trophy. 

In the Fun Section her grand-daughter, eight-year old Rosie Kettle, won the P Jackson Challenge Trophy for the most points in the under 9 age group, winning two first prizes and a second, while her brother Charlie, aged 11, won two seconds and a joint first.  Lorien Boyes, a stalwart of the children’s classes, proudly received the Everett Cup, after winning maximum  points for every class she entered in the 10-15 years section.  As for the over 16s, Patrick Gedye excelled and took home the Stone Challenge Cup. Amongst his other entries, his mini scarecrow was a real work of art.

His mother, Sara Gedye, achieved top marks for flower arranging, winning the G Hutchins Challenge Trophy and a Certificate of Merit for Floral Art. 

Richard Beales performed spectacularly well as usual in the Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers classes and was rewarded for his efforts with seven trophies and a Diploma for Horticulture.  Not to be totally outdone, Bob Miles won the F Burt Challenge Trophy for the best collection of vegetables and Peter Short the Bill Dines Sweet Pea Trophy.

Open Gardens. We have had three successful social evenings raising money for different charities. Our next open garden will be on 26th September at 6:00 p.m. which is slightly earlier as the nights are drawing in. Helena Gomm has kindly invited us to ‘Barn Owls’, The Cross, West Meon, GU32 1LG, which is behind ‘Owls’. Her chosen charity is Camfed which is an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls in sub-Saharan Africa. (See Camfed.org for more information.) Helena’s phone number is 01730 829741.  As there is unlikely to be space for parking in The Cross, we suggest you park in the Village Hall car park or Church Lane or by the Church. As usual, there will be drinks (warm drinks if the evening is chilly) and nibbles and two gardens to admire: Owls and Barn Owls.

Our first monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, 10th October at West Meon Village Hall. As usual, the evening starts at 7.30 p.m. with the talk commencing at 7.45 p.m.

Our speaker will be Jonathon Huet, who specialises in environmental storytelling and Celtic folklore with an in-depth knowledge of the flora of Britain. You may remember his talk to us four years ago about ancient woodland remedies and medicine.  Or perhaps you have come across him telling stories at Butser Farm or running Bush Craft days at the Sustainability Centre.  To fully appreciate his many skills and enthusiasm for his subject, do visit his website: www.walkwithtrees.com.

This time his talk to us is entitled “Traditions, stories and uses of trees”.  There will be no illustrated slides, just Jonathon’s passion for trees, some poetry and a few props.

On 14th November, before our AGM, we have “Gardening Question Time” and it would be helpful for the speaker, John Owen, from Meon Valley Garden Club, to have prior notice of some questions.  There will of course be an opportunity for impromptu questions during the meeting. So, thinking caps on, please, and send your queries by 7th November to Yvonne Noble (yvonnenoble77@gmail.com).

John will need a stand for the flip chart. Remember the good old days before ‘Power Point’?  Does anyone possess such a thing and, if so, could we borrow it?

Photographs from the 2018 Summer Show

West Meon Parish Council Gardening Club