Our speaker last month, Steve Dowbiggin (OBE), presented an absolutely stunning, entertaining and amusing talk, as he revealed many of the Manor’s secrets and we all like to know a secret or two. Steve is the longest serving college principle in the country with 33 years service, his accomplishments and commitment were recognised in 2007 when he was awarded an OBE. Steve’s extensive knowledge of the Manor is second to none, he explained the history of the Manor, which goes back to the 13th Century and brought us to the present time.
Friday, 26 March 2021
Saturday, 27 February 2021
The unusual title of our first talk of the year could not have been more accurate. If you had only ever thought that you could grow flowers and vegetables in your garden then you were mistaken. Nancy Steven’s wonderful talk showed us how horticulture is no longer confined to fields and gardens, plants are being grown in space and underwater.
Nancy also told us about some usual and exotic plants, in particular the Monkey Orchid from Ecuador, which grows between 6 and 10 inches tall whose flowers look just like monkey faces. Photo below. Nancy’s presentation was most professional with remarkable and unusual slides, along with fascinating facts and commentary. Our thanks go out to Nancy.
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Welcome to our first Newsletter of the year, a year that has not started as we would all like, but at least progress is being made with the vaccination programme across the country. As more and more people are vaccinated we move closer to being able to return to meeting up as a club again. Although we don’t know when that will be, and I never thought I would miss Unity Hall so much, we are hopefully moving towards that happening. On that note I wish you all a Happy New Year.
s many of which we knew and he tried his hardest to get us to sing along, but Zoom made us a little shy. John also included several Christmas numbers to get us in the Christmas mood. Our thanks go out to John for a great evening.
Friday, 27 November 2020
A big thank you to all the members who were able to join the AGM, via Zoom, last month. This was much appreciated as we need to hold an AGM to review the year, discuss any issues and more importantly elect a committee.
Thursday, 29 October 2020
My enthusiasm for growing hostas has often drifted over the years due to the common damage caused by slugs and snails. However, after last month’s talk my interest has been revived thanks to John Barker from the Hanging Hosta Garden in Hampshire. John, along with June Colley have the largest collection of hostas in Britain and Europe with around 1700 hosta cultivars.
Sunday, 27 September 2020
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Meetings for rest of 2020.