Report of the March AGM and Spring Show meeting

Report of the March AGM and Spring Show meeting on 15th March 2017

Sixty five members attended the AGM and Spring Show. Club Chairman Ted Ashley, who has completed his three year tenure, spoke about the progress and achievements of The Club, led by a dedicated Committee that has embraced change, whilst maintaining established good practice.

Membership has increased, and over eighty per cent come to our monthly meetings to hear excellent speakers, receive topical tips, and to socialize. A popular focus of interest is the Spotlight Table, where members can choose to display their flowers and plants. Also enjoyed are three well organized annual outings, with Forde Abbey Gardens and House, Hampton Court RHS Show, and Bishop’s Palace Gardens, Wells, in prospect this year. Our stall at the September Littleton and Harestock Show continues to attract many visitors, thanks to the combined efforts and contributions of members. We now have our own website and in his report our Treasurer indicated a healthy balance.

Ted acknowledged the hard work “behind the scenes” of many, thanked all members for their support, loyalty and participation, and welcomed Philip Wallis as the incoming Chairman.

There were 134 entries across 11 classes in The Spring Show and an increase in the number of entries in most classes. The judge was Wilf Simcox, former lecturer at Sparsholt College.

Class 1. Six bulbs of “Lowin”, a trumpet daffodil given to members to grow.

Class 2. Three cut daffodils/narcissi.

Class 3. Three cut multi-headed daffodils/narcissi.

Class 4. Three cut miniature daffodils/narcissi.

Class 5. Three cut stems of Hellebores.

Class 6. Pot or bowl of spring flowering bulbs.

Class 7. Foliage plot plant.

Class 8. Flowering pot plant.

Class 9. Arrangement “springtime Medley”

Class 10. Three sticks of forced rhubarb.

Class 11. Jar of three stems of herbs.

21 different people we placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

Garden vouchers were awarded to 1st place in classes 2-11. Ann Wiggle Trophy to 1st place in class 1.

Full details are on the Club Website.

As always many different people contributed to setting up, stewarding and clearing up, – a real team effort,