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FINDON VILLAGE GARDENS ASSOCIATION

The Findon Village Gardens Association welcomes new members. We meet at 7:30pm on the last Friday in each month (except December) in the Village Hall. We normally have a guest speaker, with subjects ranging from horticulture to the history of canals; from trug making to natural history.         

We have an annual light-hearted quiz night, a Christmas Social evening and of course our two Flower shows, enabling members to grow and show prize blooms and vegetables, plus of course the cookery, photography and handicraft sections. During the year, visits to gardens and other places of interest are arranged, which make for a most enjoyable day or half day out. There is truly something for everyone. 

Annual membership is £5 with a £1 entry to the monthly meeting to include tea and biscuits. For any membership details please contact David Gear on the number below

For general enquiries, you can contact us via email at info.findongardens@gmail.com or by phone on 07423 265255

 

Committee:

Chairman – Chris Young
Hon. Secretary/Membership Secretary – David Gear
Hon. Treasurer – Sue Line
Show Secretary – Sally Evans
Maureen Bowen
Joan Francis
Graham Hobson
Richie Line
Peta-Jane Onslow 
Mike Solomons

Dates for 2020:

31st January – AGM and Guest Speaker 7pm.
Guest speaker: Helena Lewis; Bee-keeping (bringing honey to sell) 

28th February – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest speaker: John Sainsbury & John Pull – Cissbury Flint Mines

27th March – 7:30pm monthly meeting   CANCELLED
Guest speaker: Lesley Baker – Tree Surgeon

11th April – Spring Flower Show 2pm     CANCELLED
Click here for the Schedule

24th April – 7:30pm monthly meeting    CANCELLED
Guest speaker: Anna Burtenshaw – Camelia Botnar Trust & Horticulture (bringing plants to sell)

29th May – 7:30pm monthly meeting     CANCELLED
Guest speaker: Pam Goodall – Around the World on a Bike

26th June – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest speaker: Joanne Carnell – The Role of Gardens for Conservation

31st July – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest speaker: John Stepney – Broadwater Cemetery

8th August – Summer Flower Show 2pm
Click here for the Schedule

28th August – 7:30pm Quiz Night and Refreshments - bring a bottle
Chris Young and Graham Hobson

25th September – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest speaker: Joshua Tutt – Moon Gardening

30th October – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest Speaker: Emma O’Connor – The History of Sussex Archaeology and Their Properties

27th November – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest speaker: Martin Duncan – Arundel Castle Gardens

4th December – 7:30pm Christmas Social

2021:

29th January - AGM

 

 

 

NOTICES

SUMMER SHOW CANCELLATION

It is with a great deal of sadness that I have to let you know that given the current situation regarding the Coronavirus and the consequence uncertainty this year’s Summer Flower show scheduled for August 8th is cancelled. HOWEVER we are hoping to have a plant sales, possible cake and raffle stalls later in the Autumn when the restrictions lifted and our own concerns and worries over large scale gatherings are put to rest. This we hope will be an open air event, probably on a Saturday but details are still a long way from being finalised but do watch this space!! (But don’t hold your breath). 

One very important thing to remember is please do hang onto your Summer show Schedule for 2020 as not only will it become a rare thing of beauty but it will also be used for 2021! 

Happy gardening and do stay safe

Chris


MAY MEETING CANCELLED

It is with regret that the committee have decided to cancel our scheduled May meeting and we must warn that it is extremely unlikely that there will be a meeting in June. Although the June meeting is some 10 weeks away unless miracles occur (unlikely in my opinion) this too will be cancelled. 

Cheer up though the garden’s never looked better! If you have spare seedlings/plants and would like to pass them on please let me know what they are and I will email everyone each week (on a Saturday) with who has what and their contact details. Recently Norman Allcorn was able to pass on some excess plants by leaving them on his doorstep at a prearranged time, in this way the  plants got used and social distances remained intact. 

Hope this makes some sense. Stay safe 

Chris


 

HEVER CASTLE CANCELLATION

Regrettably the coronavirus strikes again. Mike had been planning an outing to Hever Castle in late June. However it was felt too risky to pay nearly £600 for the coach only to find we couldn’t go in due to the Castle being closed to visitors. HOWEVER the good news is we’re not cancelling the idea merely putting it on ‘hold’. Like so many other things in my life which seem to be ‘on hold’ at the moment! 

Keep gardening, best wishes 

Chris


CANCELLATIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

It is with great regret that the Committee have decided to cancel the Spring Flower show as well as our two scheduled monthly meetings on March 27th and April 24th due to the current uncertainty of the coronavirus. At this point it is not practical to say when ‘normal service’ will be resumed and we will of course keep you informed as the epidemic progresses. We do appreciate that so many of us fall into what has been defined as the ‘vulnerable age group’ and it would be wrong not to recognise this reality. However keep enjoying the sun while we can and welcome Spring with open arms!

We are still being optimistic and Mike is hoping to arrange HEVER CASTLE for late June, Great Comp for July or August  - and Wisley for September. As part of this program we want to encourage members to purchase the May issue of “Gardeners World” which goes on sale in the second half of April.  This Gardeners World has a “2 for 1” entry offer enabling readers to visit any one of several hundred gardens on the basis of 2 people entering for the price of one, this reduced rate is often considerably cheaper than the normal ‘group rate’ available. We are therefore ordering a number of copies to ensure a supply, if you would like us to reserve a copy for you please let me know by the end of the month, the price of Gardeners World is I believe £5.50. The half-price ticket is ‘multi-use’ and will be valid until April 2021. If our planned trips were abandoned members could still use their ticket for local garden outings (Arundel Castle, Denman’s, Parham, St Mary’s Bramber, West Dean, Woolbeeding, along with many others).

Further to the sad news of the death of Mary Taylor I understand from her two daughters that the funeral will be held on 27th March at 11.40 at the Crematorium, Kingswood Chapel. With the Covid-19 situation, should the Crematorium close, this might change but we will endeavour let you know if it does.

I am hoping to send out an email with better news next month but as it stands it will be May at the earliest before we can resume our planned programme.

Kind regards, best wishes and stay well

Chris

 

FINDON VILLAGE GARDENS ASSOCIATION

The Findon Village Gardens Association welcomes new members. We meet at 7:30pm on the last Friday in each month (except December) in the Village Hall. We normally have a guest speaker, with subjects ranging from horticulture to the history of canals; from trug making to natural history.         

We have an annual light-hearted quiz night, a Christmas Social evening and of course our two Flower shows, enabling members to grow and show prize blooms and vegetables, plus of course the cookery, photography and handicraft sections. During the year, visits to gardens and other places of interest are arranged, which make for a most enjoyable day or half day out. There is truly something for everyone. 

Annual membership is £5 with a £1 entry to the monthly meeting to include tea and biscuits. For any membership details please contact David Gear on the number below

For general enquiries, you can contact us via email at info.findongardens@gmail.com or by phone on 07423 265255

 

Committee:

Chairman – Chris Young
Hon. Secretary/Membership Secretary – David Gear
Hon. Treasurer – Sue Line
Show Secretary – Sally Evans
Maureen Bowen
Joan Francis
Graham Hobson
Richie Line
Peta-Jane Onslow 
Mike Solomons

Dates for 2020:

31st January – AGM and Guest Speaker 7pm.
Guest speaker: Helena Lewis; Bee-keeping (bringing honey to sell) 

28th February – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest speaker: John Sainsbury & John Pull – Cissbury Flint Mines

27th March – 7:30pm monthly meeting   CANCELLED
Guest speaker: Lesley Baker – Tree Surgeon

11th April – Spring Flower Show 2pm     CANCELLED
Click here for the Schedule

24th April – 7:30pm monthly meeting    CANCELLED
Guest speaker: Anna Burtenshaw – Camelia Botnar Trust & Horticulture (bringing plants to sell)

29th May – 7:30pm monthly meeting     CANCELLED
Guest speaker: Pam Goodall – Around the World on a Bike

26th June – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest speaker: Joanne Carnell – The Role of Gardens for Conservation

31st July – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest speaker: John Stepney – Broadwater Cemetery

8th August – Summer Flower Show 2pm
Click here for the Schedule

28th August – 7:30pm Quiz Night and Refreshments - bring a bottle
Chris Young and Graham Hobson

25th September – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest speaker: Joshua Tutt – Moon Gardening

30th October – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest Speaker: Emma O’Connor – The History of Sussex Archaeology and Their Properties

27th November – 7:30pm monthly meeting
Guest speaker: Martin Duncan – Arundel Castle Gardens

4th December – 7:30pm Christmas Social

2021:

29th January - AGM

 

 

 

NOTICES

SUMMER SHOW CANCELLATION

It is with a great deal of sadness that I have to let you know that given the current situation regarding the Coronavirus and the consequence uncertainty this year’s Summer Flower show scheduled for August 8th is cancelled. HOWEVER we are hoping to have a plant sales, possible cake and raffle stalls later in the Autumn when the restrictions lifted and our own concerns and worries over large scale gatherings are put to rest. This we hope will be an open air event, probably on a Saturday but details are still a long way from being finalised but do watch this space!! (But don’t hold your breath).  One very important thing to remember is please do hang onto your Summer show Schedule for 2020 as not only will it become a rare thing of beauty but it will also be used for 2021!  Happy gardening and do stay safe Chris

MAY MEETING CANCELLED

It is with regret that the committee have decided to cancel our scheduled May meeting and we must warn that it is extremely unlikely that there will be a meeting in June. Although the June meeting is some 10 weeks away unless miracles occur (unlikely in my opinion) this too will be cancelled.  Cheer up though the garden’s never looked better! If you have spare seedlings/plants and would like to pass them on please let me know what they are and I will email everyone each week (on a Saturday) with who has what and their contact details. Recently Norman Allcorn was able to pass on some excess plants by leaving them on his doorstep at a prearranged time, in this way the  plants got used and social distances remained intact.  Hope this makes some sense. Stay safe  Chris
 

HEVER CASTLE CANCELLATION

Regrettably the coronavirus strikes again. Mike had been planning an outing to Hever Castle in late June. However it was felt too risky to pay nearly £600 for the coach only to find we couldn’t go in due to the Castle being closed to visitors. HOWEVER the good news is we’re not cancelling the idea merely putting it on ‘hold’. Like so many other things in my life which seem to be ‘on hold’ at the moment!  Keep gardening, best wishes  Chris

CANCELLATIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

It is with great regret that the Committee have decided to cancel the Spring Flower show as well as our two scheduled monthly meetings on March 27th and April 24th due to the current uncertainty of the coronavirus. At this point it is not practical to say when ‘normal service’ will be resumed and we will of course keep you informed as the epidemic progresses. We do appreciate that so many of us fall into what has been defined as the ‘vulnerable age group’ and it would be wrong not to recognise this reality. However keep enjoying the sun while we can and welcome Spring with open arms! We are still being optimistic and Mike is hoping to arrange HEVER CASTLE for late June, Great Comp for July or August  - and Wisley for September. As part of this program we want to encourage members to purchase the May issue of “Gardeners World” which goes on sale in the second half of April.  This Gardeners World has a “2 for 1” entry offer enabling readers to visit any one of several hundred gardens on the basis of 2 people entering for the price of one, this reduced rate is often considerably cheaper than the normal ‘group rate’ available. We are therefore ordering a number of copies to ensure a supply, if you would like us to reserve a copy for you please let me know by the end of the month, the price of Gardeners World is I believe £5.50. The half-price ticket is ‘multi-use’ and will be valid until April 2021. If our planned trips were abandoned members could still use their ticket for local garden outings (Arundel Castle, Denman’s, Parham, St Mary’s Bramber, West Dean, Woolbeeding, along with many others). Further to the sad news of the death of Mary Taylor I understand from her two daughters that the funeral will be held on 27th March at 11.40 at the Crematorium, Kingswood Chapel. With the Covid-19 situation, should the Crematorium close, this might change but we will endeavour let you know if it does. I am hoping to send out an email with better news next month but as it stands it will be May at the earliest before we can resume our planned programme. Kind regards, best wishes and stay well Chris