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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.

Garden Club News – Spring and Summer 2020

In March Hazel Fotheringham gave us a very interesting talk about the work of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. She encouraged us all to become members of the Trust in order to help preserve and protect our endangered species, however small they may be. We learned that there are several nature reserves on our doorstop that we knew nothing about and we are considering organising visits to them.

Since the month of April all normal activities have been suspended due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Nevertheless, the club is attempting to link up members and others in a “virtual” world.

In May, instead of our usual Plant Sale and Supper in the grounds of Warnford Church, we held a “Zoom” supper with food provided by Becky at the Cuppacheeno Café. The menu proved to be very popular: lasagne, salad, coleslaw and a whopping brownie to finish. Delicious!

So a round of applause for Becky, who cooked 42 individual meals; thanks to Edwin and Lucy for delivering to West Meon, Warnford and Exton … and of course many thanks to all those who bought a meal or two (or even four!) in order to support this local business.

For July and August, we have launched our “Virtual Summer Show”!

Because of the current situation and government advice, it’s obviously not safe for us to hold our regular Summer Show, which was to be on Saturday 8th August. Instead, we have set up our own website (thanks to Edwin Grimshaw) and are inviting club members and their relatives and all residents of West Meon, Warnford and Woodlands to take part. Rather than taking their exhibits to the Village Hall, competitors take photos of their entries and submit them to the show organisers, who publish them online. There won’t be any prizes or trophies but participants and “visitors” to the site will be invited to vote on their favourites and the winners will be posted on the website.

We’re hoping our show will appeal to anyone, young or old, who’s bored of lockdown and is stuck at home wondering what to do. There are plenty of our usual classes, even including a few for gardeners (!), so to see the schedule and for all details regarding how to take part, please visit https://www.hugofox.com/community/west-meon-garden-club-18458/home and go to the Virtual Summer Show page.

And if the virtual summer show doesn’t tick your boxes, you may find something else of interest on the website. Why not try our online jigsaws? Highly addictive!

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

West Meon Parish Council Gardening Club