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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 chairperson Clare Swinstead on 01730 829059 or e-mail.

For details of the current and future activities see the programme of events for 2019 below.

Garden Club  News Update: August/September 2019

Our Summer Show was held on Saturday 10th August and although there were slightly fewer entrants  than last year, quality certainly made up for lack of quantity. Sue Wilson, our President, kindly presented all the prizes and congratulated all participants on the efforts they had put in to produce such delightful exhibits.

In the Fruit, Vegetables and Flower sections, in the absence of long-standing champion Richard Beales, Bob Miles was the outright winner with three cups to show for his efforts. David Green, Michael Major and Peter Short also acquitted themselves honourably but in case you were thinking there was a gender imbalance, think again: Emma Barry, Helen Ripper, Susanna Jarrett and Louise Clay also secured an impressive number of firsts. Louise, who spread her talents across the spectrum of classes (Flowers, Floral Art and Cookery), went for gold and got it in each section.

Stuart Forsyth (dahlias), Andrew and Isobel Jones (photos and flower arranging respectively) were all newcomers to the show and went home with first prizes. 

The Cookery classes drew more contestants than ever and the judge was extremely impressed with the quality of the baking this year, so much so that she awarded three joint-firsts for the tray bake to first-time culinary entrants Emma Barry, Susanna Jarrett and Moyra Williams. 15 year old Lottie Horn caused the judge to gasp with admiration at the sight and taste of her decorated cup cakes: “Sheer perfection”, she commented, while Lottie’s mother Jo proudly picked up the coveted Dorothy Baker Challenge Trophy for the most points awarded in the Cookery section.

Another family triumph was achieved by the Boyes family: Sandra was presented with the Cubitt Challenge Cup and the Certificate of Merit for Floral Art and her grand-daughter Lorien took home The President’s Challenge Trophy for Crafts and swept the board in the Fun Section for those aged under 16 with younger sister Naia not far behind. 

Finally, Anna Couldridge and Carol Rowlatt approached the President arm in arm to receive their joint-first award for the over 16 age group of the Fun Section. A fine ending to a fine day.

Future events:

September: Open Garden

In September there will be no lecture but Robyn Jacobs has very kindly agreed to open her garden to visitors at 6:00 pm on Wednesday 11th September (members and non-members both welcome). Admission is free but a donation to Robyn’s chosen charity would be appreciated. Wine and nibbles will be provided. The address is The Cedars, at the bottom of Doctors Lane in West Meon, GU32 1LR.  For catering purposes, please contact Carol Rowlatt if you’d like to come (01730 829034 or email: elsabiggles@btinternet.com)

October lecture: “River Meon from Source to Sea –  Life of a Chalk Stream”

Wednesday 9 October 2019 at West Meon Village Hall – 7:30 for 7:45 pm.

(Admission: Members free;  non-members £2.00.)

Best-selling author, chalk stream conservationist and professional fly fisher Simon Cooper will be telling us the story of the River Meon. We are now taking bookings for this talk, which is likely to be very popular, so please book your place as early as possible if you want to come.  Contact: clareswinstead@gmail.com

Photographs from the 2019 Summer Show (courtesy of Edwin Grimshaw)

West Meon Parish Council Gardening Club