Little Waltham Gardening Club - Programme for 2018

Scroll down the page to see the 2018 programme of events. All of these events take place in Little Waltham Memorial Hall at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.

We are a small, friendly Gardening Club. We are NOT experts, but we’re learning all the time! We look forward to meeting you at some or all of our meetings.

The annual subscription is £8.50. Visitor's entry fee is £3. Refreshments and raffle at all meetings in the Memorial Hall.

For more information phone Margaret Williams on 01245 360042.

May meeting - report

After welcoming members and visitors to the May meeting, Chair person Maggie Williams presented the Banksian Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society to Marion Lawson who gained the highest number of points in the horticultural classes in the Spring Show.

Details of the summer programme of outings were then announced and members were encouraged to book up. Hazel and Albert Clements ran a very busy plant stall and some of the plants were donated to the Pre-School Garden for their entry in the Little Waltham Open Gardens for Farleigh Hospice on 24 June.

Robin Carsberg gave his presentation entitled "Plants for East Anglian Gardens". Robin gave us the benefit of his many years experience of gardening in Essex. He was able to give details of trees, shrubs and plants that would not only survive, but flourish in the sometimes adverse weather conditions that gardens endure in this region. The talk was illustrated by a well thought out PowerPoint presentation using Robin's own photographs taken in his own gardens. The cultivation and pruning requirements were discussed and the members of the audience felt that greater things could now be achieved in their own gardens.

The next meeting will be on 27 June when members will be visiting Fudlers Hall in Mashbury. For more information about Little Waltham Gardening Club please phone 01245 360042.

March AGM - report

The AGM of the Little Waltham Gardening Club was well attended and our treasurer, Peter Lawson was able to advise that the number of members had increased, together with the number of guests attending our monthly meetings.

The members of the committee were voted in for another year and we were pleased to welcome another two new members to the committee, Bill and Lesley Bryden. Bill mentioned that he would be happy to arrange a Facebook page for the Gardening Club that can be used to promote future events.

After the official business of the AGM, the members took part in a team quiz based on Pointless which was won by Peter Lawson, Iris Diver, Rosina and Marian.

The winner of the PresidentÕs Trophy was Marion Lawson with Iris Diver coming second and Lesley & Bill Bryden in third place.

Our Secretary, Maggie Williams reminded us that there will be a flower arranging workshop held on 22 March to prepare us for the Spring Show on Saturday April 7.

The Spring Show will be held at the Memorial Hall in Little Waltham and we encourage entrants in our Cookery, Craft, Gardening and Flower arranging Sections. Please contact Marion Lawson on 01245 36857 or email for the Show Schedule or more information.

February meeting - report

At our February meeting it was good to welcome so many people in our audience on what must have been one of the coldest nights of the year. Very appropriately the topic of the evening was Alpine Plants. Speaker Michael Sullivan gave a colourful presentation on Alpines and explained that in order to be successful with these plants, we must try to replicate the conditions in which they naturally flourish. Drainage and good air movement are the keys to success.

It was a joy to see so many entries in our monthly President's Trophy competition. The subject was "any stem in flower in your garden" , and what a diverse display we had, from camellias, to hellebores and fragrant flowering shrubs.

On 7 March the Club will hold its AGM when everyone has an opportunity to comment on the way the Club functions and on forthcoming events. The Committee is hoping that someone will come forward in the near future to lend a hand with running the Club. A knowledge of gardening is not essential! We're a relaxed team and hold no more than 4 Committee Meetings a year and there's always tea and cake to end the meeting!

On Saturday 7 April the Club will be holding the annual Spring Show. This Show is open to non members and copies of the schedule of classes are available from Show Secretary Marion Lawson (01245 361857), or Margaret Williams (01245 360042). Show classes include garden flowers, vegetables, cookery, craft, flower arranging and photography. The village show is a social event that we want to continue in Little Waltham, so please pick up a copy of our schedule and "have a go". Notification of entries to Marion or Margaret by Wednesday 4 April please.

The Show will be open to view from 1.30pm on Saturday 7 April. There will be a plant stall and home-made refreshments available. Come along, we'd be pleased to see you. Feast your eyes and gladden your heart!

On Wednesday 2 May Robin Carsberg will be joining us to give a presentation entitled "Plants for East Anglian Gardens". Robin has experienced many years of gardening under our local conditions and will be well able to advise us on which plants will flourish for us and more importantly, which ones to avoid.

Please come and share with us our passion for plants.

Programme for 2018

7 February 2018
"Getting started with Alpines" by Michael Sullivan of Essex Group of the Alpine Society
7 March 2018
7 April 2018
Spring Show (note that this is a Saturday)
Schedules from M Williams 360042 and M Lawson 361857
2 May 2018
"Plants for East Anglian Gardens" by Robin Carsberg
27 June 2018
Afternoon outing to "Fudlers Hall", Fox Road, Mashbury CM1 4TJ
From Great Waltham, take Barrack Lane for 3 miles, Fudlers Hall is on the right after a sharp right-hand bend. Park in the drive. Our host is Mrs Meacock. Entry £4, tea/coffee and cake £3
Leave Memorial Hall Car Park at 1.30pm to arrive at 2.00pm. Lifts available
4 July 2018
Evening visit to "Kings Seeds", Monks Farm, Coggeshall CO5 9PG
Leave Memorial Hall Car Park at 4.15pm to arrive at 5.00pm. Lifts available. The tour takes 2 hours, much of the time you will be standing (take a portable stool!). The cost is £2 and discounted seeds will be available. Unfortunately there will be no refreshments on site, but the Committee will try to find somewhere local.
1 August 2018
Afternoon outing to "Dragons", Boyton Cross CM1 4LS
Our host is Margot Grice. Towards Roxwell, 3 miles west of Chelmsford on A1060; 0.5 mile west of the Hare Pub. Entry £4, tea/coffee and cake £3
Leave Memorial Hall Car Park at 1.30pm to arrive at 2.00pm. Lifts available
5 September 2018
"Speaking up for wild plants" by Mary Smith of the Essex Field Club
3 October 2018
"New, Different & Worthwhile" by Dave Gillam of Abercorn Nursery
Dave will review new additions to the Garden Centre's shelves and assess and advise on their effectiveness
7 November 2018
"Cricket Bat Willows" by Colin Ashby
Colin will take us through the planting and management of his willow trees (some of which are by our part of the Chelmer), to the first stages of making a cricket bat
5 December 2018
Christmas Social
6 February 2019
"Bumblebees" by John Taylor
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