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Great Chesterford & District Gardening Society (Affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society)

The Society which covers several local villages including the Chesterfords, Littlebury, Wendens Ambo, Littlebury Green & Catmere End organises meetings, talks,events and garden visits for people interested in gardens and gardening. Discounts are arranged for members through national and local suppliers outings each year. New members (including novice gardeners) and visitors are always welcome. 

Meetings are normally held at 8.00 pm on the first Wednesday of the month at Ickleton Village Hall in Frogge Street(CB10 1SS), although there are no meetings in January or August.
For further information please contact Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799 525543 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday 5th April 2017
AGM & PLANT SALE with Tea & Cake
The Annual General Meeting in April was, as always, well attended.  In her report, Chair, Pauline Gale noted the consistently high attendance of members at each monthly meeting, due, she felt to the quality of speakers booked and the wide variety of subjects – and thanked Cali for arranging the programme.  Members are able look forward to further excellent speakers and outings in the forthcoming year.
Pauline thanked all members of the committee for their help and support.  There are currently vacancies on the committee, and Pauline asked members to contact her if interesting in joining.  The Treasurer reflected that it had been several years without an increase in annual subscriptions, and reported that the committee had agreed an increase to £10 per person from April 2017.  He thanked Sally for the monthly raffles - providing a welcome income.  Duncan Gates announced the winner of the Best Bloom Competition - Tina Thorn; Runners Up - Rosemary Day, Ann Piper and Gill Gates.  Eddie Hatfield gave an update on the recently planted Community Orchard in Great Chesterford. Following the close of the meeting members enjoyed refreshments and the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of plants and shrubs.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2017-8          ** Plants/Products will be for sale

Wednesday 1st February 2017  PLANTING A GARDEN FOR ALL YEAR ROUND INTEREST 8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET
Speaker:  Hilary Thomas, Garden Designer and former lecturer at Capel Manor

Wednesday 1st March 2017  SPRING PARTY & QUIZ with a selection of Cheeses, Biscuits & Wine £3 entry (includes refreshments)

Wednesday 5th April 2017  AGM & PLANT SALE** with Tea & Cake (Annual Subscription now due)

Wednesday 3rd May 2017  THERAPEUTIC & HEALING GARDEN DESIGN  Speaker:  Paul Herrington, Bronze Medallist at RHS Chelsea

Wednesday 7th June 2017  SCENTED PLANTS & THE SCENTED GARDEN  Speaker:  Geoff Hodge, Author and Broadcaster

Wednesday 5th July 2017  ‘TROPICAL TRESCO’ - THE ABBEY GARDENS  Speaker:  Robin Carsberg, Essex Guild Horticultural Judge
8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET

NO MEETING DURING AUGUST 2017

Wednesday 6th September 2017  PRE-SHOW SOCIAL MEETING  & REGISTRATION OF SHOW ENTRIES
 
Saturday 9th September 2017  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm  25th FLOWER & PRODUCE SHOW  GREAT CHESTERFORD COMMUNITY CENTRE  * TEAS  *  CAKES  *  RAFFLE *  PLANT STALL *

Wednesday 4th October 2017  SISSINGHURST – MORE THAN A WHITE GARDEN  Speaker; Andrew Sankey, Garden Designer/Landscaper, Nurseryman and Lecturer

Wednesday 1st November 2017  CLIMBING & WALL PLANTS  Speaker:  Peter Jackson, Scotsdales

Wednesday 6th December 2017  PLANT HERITAGE & THE NATURAL PLANT COLLECTIONS  Speaker:  Richard Grant, Head Gardener at Madingley Hall 

NO MEETING DURING JANUARY 2018

Wednesday 7th February 2018  PRIMROSES **  Speaker: Joe Sharman, Monksilver Nursery.  Plantsman, Writer and Broadcaster
 
Wednesday 7th March 2018   SPRING PARTY & QUIZ with a selection of Cheeses, Biscuits & Wine £3 entry (includes refreshments)


Wednesday 4th April 2017   AGM & PLANT SALE with Tea & Cake ** (Annual Subscription now due)

For further information please contact Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799 525543

Club visits 2016

In May, we visited R & R Saggers Nursery in Newport to hear about its development over the years. Roger & Roz kindly provided us with refreshments & both took groups around the Nursery pointing out interesting features.  In addition we were invited to explore the lovely garden next door, which is maintained by Roger.

In June we braved torrential rain & thunder, as we were shown round the beautiful garden at Parsonage House, Helions Bumpstead by the owner, Mrs Annie Turner. Despite the weather, the members were delighted to have the opportunity to see the wildflower meadow, stunning borders and unusual plants.

  

We were treated to an enjoyable & informative tour of Clare College Garden, on a July evening, when Steve Elstub, Head Gardener, told us the history of the garden, as well as some of the difficulties faced by his team, when trying to maintain the garden alongside university events!         

Do please come and join us!

24th Flower & Produce Show

The Great Chesterford & District Gardening Society held its 24th Flower & Produce Show on Saturday 9th September. More than 80 classes of colourful exhibits were on display, proving that the achievement of a perfect rose and impressive produce is possible, in spite of this year’s variable temperatures.

  

Plant a pot for Christmas           Produce           First prize for a 'Perfect Rose'

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