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FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Welcome to the Limpsfield, Oxted and District Horticultural Society handbook for 2017. In these times of change it is good to know that gardening and horticulture can provide some certainty throughout the year.
There is growing evidence that gardening is good for you both by keeping you active and engaged but also relieving some of the stress and anxiety that living in the modern age can bring. So we should encourage as many people as we can to become involved even if it is only growing a pot of herbs on the kitchen window sill.
Looking back over 2016 some of the highlights were our plant sale in May. With the plant sale I am always worried that we won’t have enough plants to sell or the no one will come and the whole event will be a flop and we will not make any money. But come the day and come the plants and the visitors until the hall is buzzing with activity. Then there were our talks, with Simon Charlesworth talking about growing lavender and winning prizes at Chelsea Flower Show. In May Sarah Rogers came to talk to us about the restoration of Riverhill Himalayan Gardens. Our regular events like the daffodil and compost competitions were a success as were our one off ‘pop-up events’ during the year and we will be running them again in 2017.
For me the big event was our ‘Celebration of Local Gardening’ in July. Given the success of the Celebration in 2016 we have decided to run this event again on 8 July. Your committee have been working hard over the winter to put together the programme of speakers for 2017. We are also planning a visit to Quex House and Garden on Wednesday 14 June.
As last year I would like to thank all the members of the committee for their help and support during 2016. Without their continuing involvement and enthusiasm we would not be able to run the society, but we also need the support of our members to keep this society going.
Wishing you all a good gardening year for 2017.
HANDBOOK and SCHEDULE 2017
SALE OF PLANTS
Red Cross Hall, Oxted
(opposite Leisure Centre)
Saturday 20 May 9.00 - 11.00am
VISIT TO QUEX HOUSE & GARDEN
A special members visit to this house and garden
near Margate in Kent
Wednesday 14 June
A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL GARDENING
A display of flowers, fruit, vegetables and produce
grown by the local community
Red Cross Hall, Oxted
(opposite Leisure Centre)
Saturday 8 July 2.00 - 4pm
New for 2017 and a great way to round off the gardening season
Red Cross Hall, Oxted
(opposite Leisure Centre)
Saturday 14 October 7 for 7.30pm
All enquiries please contact our Chairman or other committee members (See page 4 for details)
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE FOR 2017
PRESIDENT EMERITUS: Roy Eaton
CHAIRMAN: Rick Meakin,
3 Westlands Way,
Oxted RH8 0NB
VICE CHAIRMAN: Malcolm Young,
32 Park Road,
Limpsfield RH8 0AW
TREASURER: Julie Simpson
OTHER OFFICERS: Jenny Meakin
3 Westlands Way, Oxted, RH8 ONB
Tel: 722283 / 07773940422
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2017
Meetings are held at the Red Cross Hall, Oxted at 8.00pm.
All visitors are welcome: £4 admission to be refunded if you join on the evening.
1 February Rhod Jones - Titsey Place Gardens and Estate
1 March Philip Johnson - Growing Sweet Peas
5 April Jane Streatfield - The National Gardens Scheme
(plus Daffodil competition)
3 May TBC (plus Compost competition)
20 May Plant Sale: Red Cross Hall, Oxted, from 9am
7 June Julie and Thor Simpson - Our tour of Japan
14 June Visit to Quex House and Garden
14 June Hurst Green Gardening Club Summer Evening Flower Show, St Agatha’s Hall, Hurst Green, 8pm
5 July “Behind the scenes at Polesden Lacey, gossip from Mrs Greville' s time ”
Followed by strawberries & Pimm’s
8 July A Celebration of Local Gardening:
Red Cross Hall, Oxted. 2 – 4 pm
2 September Hurst Green Gardening Club Autumn Show
St Agatha’s Hall, Hurst Green
6 September A Talk on Organic Roofs
4 October Elaine Merrylees - Permaculture
14 October Harvest Supper, Red Cross Hall, Oxted 7 for 7.30pm
1 November Paul Patton – Autumn Aspirations
6 December AGM and Christmas Celebration
Watch out for our occasional “pop-up” competitions
Our Society is affiliated to the following:-
The Royal Horticultural Society
The National Vegetable Society
The National Sweet Pea Society
The National Dahlia Society
Surrey Horticultural Federation
Limpsfield Community Orchard
Peter and Hazel Dubber
Pearl and Len Stebbings
Terry and Innes Stent
MONTHLY COMPETITION WINNERS 2016
1st Val Sampson 2nd Sandra Essex 3rd Julie Simpson
LIMPSFIELD OXTED AND DISTRICT
'A Celebration of Local Gardening'
RED CROSS HALL OXTED
Saturday 8 July 2017 2 to 4pm
All displays to be staged from 10.30am to 12.30
“Rather than a competition between exhibitors we are presenting a display of flowers, plants and produce produced by the local community. To help us organise this event we have given a list of sections for which we would like displays.”
“The aim of the event is to show what can be achieved. It is not a competition for who can grow the biggest or the best.”
All displays in sections 1 to 12 must have been grown by the exhibitor in their garden or on their allotment. Entry to this event is open to all, so please encourage your friends to enter. All exhibitors are encouraged to make a donation when setting up to help cover the costs of the show.
1. My garden - A display of flowers grown in your garden or allotment displayed in a container of your choice. 500mm max width.
2. Roses - A display of Roses in a container of your choice.
3. A Rose- One specimen single bloom.
4. Sweet peas - A display in a container of your choice displaying the beauty and scent of sweet peas.
5. Annuals - Any other annuals excluding sweet peas in a container of your choice.
6. House plant - Your best or favourite house plant from home.
7. Veg basket - A display of vegetables in a trug or container no larger that 500mm diagonal.
8. Root veg - A display of mixed root vegetables in a container 300mm max diagonal.
9. Summer salad - A display of mixed salad produce in a container 300mm max diagonal.
10. My best or favourite veg – One specimen of any vegetable.
11. Soft fruit - A display of soft fruit, can be mixed in a container 300mm max diagonal.
12. Fruit - One type of fruit in a container 300mm max diagonal.
LODHS ‘BAKE OFF’
This section is for display:
1. Bread - A loaf of bread or a tray of rolls - ‘Your signature bake’.
2. Cake - Your best cake for a Sunday tea.
3. Preserves - A jar of jam, jelly, curd or chutney.
This section is for tasting:
4. Quiche – The tastiest – The one with nothing left.
1. An arrangement of herbs in a single item of china ware.
2. A miniature floral exhibit, dried or fresh, not to exceed 100mm overall.
CHILDRENS CLASS - up to 12 years of age
1. A painting or collage of your favourite fruit.
One photograph displayed on card no larger that 5’’x 7’’ overall theme “Pond Life”. (Judged by the public)
All visitors will be encouraged to comment on the displays and along with the committee we will award prizes to a few of the most interesting or talked about displays.
Flowers - The best colour and scent.
Fruit and veg - The most appetising – which bowl or basket would you take home for dinner.
All exhibitors are asked to collect their displays at 4.15pm, any displays not collected will be disposed of by the society.
The society cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage to exhibitor’s property, however caused
THE RULES OF THE SOCIETY
1. The name of the Society shall be The Limpsfield, Oxted and District Horticultural Society.
2. The objective of the Society shall be to foster an interest in all aspects of horticulture.
3. A person may become a member of the Society on payment of an annual subscription of £10.00, one year from the month of joining.
4. The affairs of the Society shall be administered by a Committee, elected annually, which shall consist of the President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretaries, Marketing/Publicity Officer, Treasurer, plus not more than 12 other members of the Society. The Committee shall have powers to co-opt other members.
5. The Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held on the first Wednesday in December each year or such other time as may be determined by the members in a general meeting. The financial year to be from 1 October to 30 September.
6. No person shall hold the office of President, Chairman or Vice-Chairman for a period of longer than three years continuously, unless there are no other persons willing to stand for election to such offices. After vacating one of the offices mentioned above, no person may hold such office again until the expiration of three years, unless the Society, by a majority of those present and voting, otherwise determines.
The society organises a monthly raffle at each meeting. These are made up of voluntary contributions brought in by club members. Tickets costs £1. Raffle contributions are always welcome and can be specific to horticulture i.e. any unwanted or surplus seeds, books, calendars etc, or chocolates or bottle of wine.
There is a competition at all meetings and members are encouraged to enter floral arrangements, vegetables, pot plants or tubs. Just about anything horticultural at its best. Exhibitors must supply all plates, vases etc. The number of specimens shown is entirely up to you. This competition is not governed by RHS rules. Judging is by members placing a silver coin in a container next to their first choice - one member - one vote.
First, second and third each month will be given 3, 2, and 1 point(s) and a cash prize will be awarded at the AGM to the members with the highest aggregate points. There is always something to be found, be it bulbs, flower arrangements, pot plants, vegetables, or fruit. Do have a go, exhibit regularly and don't forget to vote!
In addition to the Monthly Competition there are others that take place during the course of the year, such as Daffodils in April, and the Best Homemade Compost in May.
We are continuing with the “Pop-Up” competitions that are only announced (by email, and online) within a month of a meeting. This is to take account of what is actually happening in our gardens.
MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION £10.00 per year
Subscriptions become due from the month of joining, to the Membership Secretary:- Jenny Meakin, 3 Westlands Way, Oxted RH8 0NB. Tel: 01883 715496 or at any meeting of the Society.