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Society News & Views


 On Friday 26th July at the Parish Rooms, Cheadle, Church Road, Cheadle Hulme  there will be a social evening for Members only including a plant swap and a competition for a flower display in a teacup and also for best vase.

The next meeting will then be an Open Gardens day, gardens open being at 2 & 4 Windsfield Ave, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 5RH, 1 Ladybower SK8 5PS, 1 Cheadle Wood, SK8 6S 7HPS,

3 Linley Rd, SK8 7HP and 57 Gillbent Rd, SK8 7LE, all Cheadle Hulme. Entrance to all is £5 payable at the first garden visited. Refreshments available at 57 Gillbent Rd.

There will be a visit to Gresgarth Hall, near Lancaster, on Sunday 11th August. This is the home of Arabella Lennox-Boyd, the famed Chelsea Gold winner and designer of this beautiful garden. Further details from Kate Bayliss, 0161 485 4322.

On Saturday 13th July there was a successful coach trip to RHS Bridgewater Gardens, enjoyed by all who went.

On Friday Lady 14th June we received a fascinating talk by David Winnard entitled "Foraging.

David started with Dandelions (who knew there were 272 species) then Nettles, both edible followed by numerous other plants such as Wild Garlic, Cow Parsley, Hemlock, some poisonous like the latter and some edible. After a break for tea & biscuits David continued wth Fungi of which there are thousands of varieties, some poisonous some not, with 12 main types in the UK. A most informative talk. He has a website,

On Saturday 25th May we held a Coffee Morning. This was extremely well supported with plant sales, cakes, books and jigsaws, plus cards via Jill Rickman. So many people came for coffee and biscuits extra chairs had to be provided. Second hand books and jigsaws did not sell as well as on previous occasions but all in all a very successful morning. Thanks to Susan Jackson and her catering team and Glenys Steedman for organizing the raffle.


Judy Popley gave a fascinating talk on Friday 12th April on 'A Prospect of Arley.' This was from the 1890's to the 1990's, and included many photos of the hall and gardens as it was back then, and how over the years it has changed. Her talk included photos of the family who owned it then and of the staff who worked there. We hope to visit Arley Hall this Christmas as they decorate the rooms with beautiful flowers displays.

The Quiz night on Friday 8th March was well attended and enjoyable. Ann and Glenys did a great job as quiz masters. It was closely contested with just one point between the winners and second place. 

The talk by Bill Woods on 9th February was entitled "Blackbrook Herb Nursery." A fascinating talk explaining the many uses of a great variety of herbs. Bill had brought along some herbs for purchase.


A Talk by Cliff Booker on the 12th. January 2024 was well received and everyone enjoyed his presentation and the variety of pictures on the Peloponnese and Crete.

December there was a Social Evening for members only .Well supported by about 40 members despite the very cold night. They were entertained by a magician.

 The AGM was held Tuesday 14th November. The meeting was opened by  Chairman,  Ann Morton who welcomed all present for turning out on such a wet evening. Ann gave a brief account of all events having taken place during the year and then moved on to individual reports, first from Treasurer Lesley Randall who presented the accounts showing a very healthy bank balance followed by Gill Martinelli, Show Secretary who explained that despite the Show being a success this was largely due to entries from non members and much reduced entry from members. With much regret the committee had  decided that having regard to the very hard work for committee member prior to and during the Show 2023 would be the last time the present committee would hold a Show, Gill thanked all those who had given valuable assistance in keeping the Show going for over 60 years. Membership secretary then reported that we have a healthy membership of 93 including several new members. Kate Bayliss then reported that a full programme of events was now available for 2024. Secretary Glenys Steedman then gave a summary of many of the events held during the last 30 years. Ann also gave gifts to Gill. Lesley, Judy Lea and Kate in appreciation of their hard work and to David Moulsdale for the website and who is now retiring from the Committee.

Ann then handed the meeting over to President Judy Lea who reported that apart from David all the present committee were willing to continue with Ann Morton as Chairman for another year.  This was accepted by all present with no new committee members volunteering to join from those present. The meeting was then closed but was followed after a short interval by a slide show presented by David Morton including many photographs from this years holiday in the Lake District, plus a few from this years Show and others. The meeting closed at 9.30pm  

The 62nd ANNUAL SHOW was held on Saturday 2nd September 2023 and was well supported and a great success with many colourful and excellent entries in flowers,fruit and vegetables, art, cookery and preserves, photographic and junior classes. Massive thanks are due to Show manager Ann Morton, Show secretary Gill Martinelli, assistant Kate Bayliss, caterer Susan Jackson, cashier Lesley Randall and all the committee members and volunteers who worked so hard to ensure its success. The list of trophy winners has now been updated and new photographs are now available on the show gallery and video pages. 

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