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Society News & Views

The next meeting will be on Friday 8th March, a Quiz Night with Glenys Steedman as Quiz Master, 6 persons per table is the rule.

On 9th February we received a most interesting talk by Bill Woods entitled "Blackbrook Herb Nursery". The latter is in Wilmslow , web site www.blackbrookherbgardens.co.uk  Bills talk mentioned numerous culinary, medicinal, and decorative herbs including wild flowers and explained how many of them originated. There were a number of seedlings for sale many of which were purchased. The Nursery is open to visitors regularly, see the web site. A very enjoyable evening with a tea break and hot cross buns care of Susan Jackson.

The 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  

A Coffee Morning was held on Saturday 21st October and as usual was extremely well attended with sales of plants, cakes, books, jigsaws and cards resulting in funds for the Club. Many thanks to Susan and her assistants for providing coffee and biscuits  

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. 

On Sunday 27th August a full coach party of 35 members and guests visited the gardens of The Duke of Westminster at his country seat, Eaton Hall. The gardens are only open twice a year for charity and on the day of our visit there were many people there. The gardens are maintained by the Grosvenor Estate and as you would expect from a body owning a large part  of central London, they at immaculate. From the superb herbaceous borders to the extensive kitchen garden, the lawned areas no expense has been spared in maintaining all in top condition. Also one field was made over to refreshment vans with outdoor seating plus bales of hay and a play area for children. In addition there is a display of horse drawn carriages dating from the 1800s Fortunately the weather stayed fine and the visit was enjoyed by everyone.

On Friday 21st July we received a most interesting and detailed talk by Jill Rickman entitled 

Life of Joseph Banks (Plant Collector). He was born in 1743 to a wealthy Lincolnshire family , his father was an mp. Educated at Harrow, Eaton & Oxford, he left without a degree but with a great interest in science and botany. his first voyage was to Newfoundland           & Labrador in 1766. He then went with Captain James Cook to Brazil, Tahiti New Zealand, 

Australia. After suffering many hardships and death of crew members he returned home with numerous new plants etc and found great fame. He became President of the Royal Society and advised King George 111 on Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew where he was credited with up to 30,000 plant specimens brought home and with a genus named "Banksia" after him. Jill was congratulated on a most enjoyable talk.

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