Thursday, 3 October 2019

Chris Stewart: The Mole Man

Chris Stewart is seen on the right
On Wednesday 2 October our speaker was Chris Stewart, who gave an illustrated talk about the facinating, yet secret life of the mole. Chris is a professional mole catcher, but from what he said it is evident he has a great respect for the small creatures.
They have great strength, can carry loads heavier than their body weight, are very territorial and mostly live on their own.
These days poison is not permitted to catch moles as it too cruel, but traps are used instead. The implements in the photo are examples of what has been used, and look like something out of a torture chamber.
Implements used to trap moles
Years ago, there was some value in mole pelts to make clothing, but presently the only use seems to be for use on fishing lines, with a very small financial return.
Did you know the collective name for moles is "company"?
Chris had one piece of advise for gardeners. Always wear a pair of safety glasses. There are just so many hazards that can damage the eyes, and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Below are the winning entries to our monthly competition. What a colourful display they make.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

September 2019 Monthly Meeting

Tony Wiseman chats to members after his talk
Well, we had somewhat of a reverse meeting on Wednesday 4 September, as our speaker, Tony Wiseman, had forgotten to bring the flash drive with his presentation. That meant he had to return home to collect it. 
So we started with all the various notices and reminders followed by tea/coffee plus some really delicious cakes. Have you tasted banana cake with lumps of the fruit in it - recommended.
Despite the problem, on his return Tony set to, and gave us an entertaining and knowledgeable talk on the gardens of Penshurst Place, where he is Head Gardener. There were bits of history, things that worked and some the did not. We were shown a delightful selection of images including flowers, shrubs and trees. What more could we ask? 
There are bound to be many who will be encouraged to go and look at Penshurst Place for themselves.
It was also time to start off the Monthly Competition. Congratulations to  Joy and Carole who were the joint winners.

Sunday, 25 August 2019


Our next meeting is on Wednesday 4 September in the Red Cross Hall, Oxted,  when we shall be delighted to welcome the Head Gardener at Penshurst Place, Tony Wiseman.
Do come and join us for what is sure to be an interesting and enlightening evening.
Tony writes a series of gardening notes on the Penshurst Place website, which can be viewed here.

Penshurst Place & Gardens and the surrounding estate have stood in the historic village of Penshurst since the 14th century, when the awe-inspiring medieval Baron’s Hall was completed in 1341 as a country retreat for the Lord Mayor of London. The Baron’s Hall, crowned by an original 60ft high chestnut beamed ceiling is an unmissable sight for visitors to the ancestral home of the Sidney family who have taken care of the estate since 1552.
The stately home and gardens were once used as a hunting lodge for King Henry VIII, and now feature opulent staterooms that have been showcased in popular TV and film productions. The Solar, Queen Elizabeth Room and Long Gallery to name but a few, contain a collection of beautiful family portraits from across the centuries, antique furniture, skilfully crafted tapestries and much, much more.

Limpsfield Community Orchard

Helen, centre with the rake, at the orchard, with a gang of helpers.
Summer was celebrated at our July Monthly Meeting on Wednesday 3rd, when we were given a talk by Helen Ellson about the Limpsfield Community Orchard.
What an exciting project this is and how it has developed over the years, to become a very real part of the Community. Whats more it has some well defended, but prosperous looking fruit trees.  Harvest will be a time to treasure.
The evening was rounded off with a glass of Pimm's together with strawberies and ice cream.  All very pleasant and relaxing.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019


Saturday 29 June was the date for our Flower and Produce show and it proved to be the hottest day of 2019 so far.
Whilst we can always do with more entries, we did very well and ended up with a colorful show. Just look at the photos, that give a hint of what could be seen. 
The vegetables looked ready to ready to eat without further preparation. How do the growers do it? The same goes for the fruit classes as well.
As always, the energy of our Chairman Rick, gets us all motivated, and we are grateful to him for all his efforts. It proved very worth while.
RHS judge Geoff Peach made his decisions and commented that, generally, it was encouraging to see such a good number and standard of entries.
Congratulations to all those who came first in a particular class, and to the prize winners, who can be seen below.
The colorful sight on entering the hall

Geoff Peach goes about the judging
Congratulations to Julie Simpson: Judges certificate of merit, best in show
Prize winning scones from Carole McGuire
Val Sampson:- Philip Lawson Rose Bowl for best exhibit of Roses
Carole Wade:- Clayton Cup Best exhibit of Sweet Peas
Rick Meakin:- British Legion Cup most points in Div 2, Vegetables
Peter Wade:- E Strong Cup Most points in Div. 3, fruit classes

Wednesday, 5 June 2019


Below the flyer are the main pages of the schedule. To enlarge please click on the page concerned. 
Do not hesitate to call should you require any further information

Monday, 20 May 2019


Chairman Rick wishes to thank everyone for the marvelous support given to our Plant Sale last Saturday 18 May 2018. In particular, those who supplied plants, assisted and not least supported the sale.
It is with great pleasure that we can report that sales were in excess of £600, and that is a great contribution to the funds of the Society. Everyone's support in achieving this figure is very much appreciated.
There was very little left when we wrapped up.
The photos show the start of setting up, and the arrival of plants  just after eight in the morning.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Gardeners Question Time at Godstone

Here is some news about an interesting event organised by the Plumbers Arms Allotments Association, at the White Hart Barn Godstone on Wednesday 19 June at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £6.  
Please contact: 
Mandy Davies Plumbers Arms Allotments Contact: (01883 ) 723942