Autumn Newsletter 2018



Just off the main A 323 Guildford /Aldershot road at Normandy, turn into Glaziers Lane then 500 yds on left

We hope to have a very quick AGM (Agenda on later page) and then on with the Quiz.

Our quiz is like ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ where four answers to each question are given – all you have to do is pick the correct one! You can guess if you are not sure and teams can confer, so if one of the members knows the answer you can all choose the same and pick up maximum points. We have asked our quizmaster Brian Deaville to not make the questions too hard, but he says if he makes it too easy you will all get the answers right!

Team supporters and visitors from any club are welcome – money prizes for teams and prizes for the best answers from the audience.
Eight clubs have so far said they would like to take part in the quiz, and we have 25 maybe’s – please could you now conscript three members of your club for a team, and confirm your clubs entry to Secretary Janet Arm a.s.a.p. please. Email or phone number above.


For the second year running we had a really hot day for our garden visit, and unfortunately it was also England playing in the World cup, so maybe this is why our numbers were down and we only had just under 100 visitors on the day. This was such a shame as Shalford House is a very beautiful garden, with lovely lawns sloping away from the house down to lakes and a small waterfall, and in-between are hidden gardens to sit and enjoy, plus a rockery, stumpery and prairie garden complete with wild flowers and orchids.

There should now be some photos on our website for you to have a look at, and the members who came were delighted with both the garden and the fantastic home-made cakes which they had provided! Anyway, it was all worth the effort, as we raised £500 for the owner’s charity, Multiple Sclerosis, which they were very pleased with.

SPRING TALK – Nick Bailey

2.30 pm on Sunday March 10th, 2019 at Normandy Hall.

We have booked Nick Bailey, who you will probably know from BBC Gardener’s World for our next Spring Talk. This was to be entitled ‘365 days of colour in your garden’, but we have heard that he has already given this talk in the area, so we have decided to go with his new talk (and also new book) called ‘Revive Your Garden’. At the AGM/Quiz we will have tickets available for this talk, £7.50 each for members (£10 for visitors) – suggest you get them early as they will be cheaper than at the door on the day which will all cost £10 each.

Click here for More details


Please could you amend your lists as follows:-

  • Bill Bossom (both lists) has retired now.
  • Norman Ingate (Judge’s List) also has retired due to ill health.
  • Colin Jones (both lists) has retired from club lecturing as he is too busy with speaking on cruise ships!
  • Hazel Chant (Judge’s list) has moved. Her new address as: 145 Carfax Avenue, Tongham, Surrey. GU10 1BH Tel: 01252-329767 (mobile same as before)

New judges and lecturers are always wanted. If you know of someone who would be interested in joining the Surrey Guild of Judges and Lecturers, or training to be a judge, please contact their secretary Sheila Rapley on 01428 682149 (before 9 pm please or see their website:

We have received a contact from George Lockwood, another Lecturer who hopes to join the Surrey Guild soon, but in the meantime if you would like details of the (long) list of subjects he covers – soils, bulbs, plants for various situations, trees etc. then please get in touch with him at or Tel: 0208-363-7015 Mob. 0798-394-8526

He comes from Enfield, but is prepared to travel anywhere.


Did you know that Leonardslee Gardens are to reopen in January next year? It will be open seven days a week from 10am. It is recommended to allow between 3-4 hours for a visit to include lunch and a visit to the doll’s house exhibition.

Based on a minimum of 15 persons, the group rate is £11.00pp and £9.50pp for seniors 60+. The Clocktower Country Café will be offering hot and cold food and drinks. Pre-purchasable vouchers will be available to groups.


Do you have a member who turns their wonderful harvests into amazing jams, jellies or chutneys? If so, why not encourage them to enter the Preserves with Passion Awards 2018. The winning preserve will be turned into a Limited edition for Barties Sussex Faire and sold in the run up to Christmas with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. As well as that honour, the winner will receive a year’s subscription to the Surrey Life magazine and an overnight stay in Spot in the Woods

The awards will take place at Local Food Britain’s Countryside Food Festival on Saturday, September 15 at Nutfield’s Priory Farm. If your members would like to enter, they need to fill in the online form before September 15 (it’s free) so we can work out how many jars need to be judged.

Here is the link After that they can then bring their entries to
ade from vegetables harvested from Angela West’s Derrys Field allotment in Woking. Sales leading up to Christmas raised £260 for Guildford charity, Challengers, to help rebuild its playcentre which was devastated by fire.
Entries to the Preserves with Passion awards need to contain

So, get the preserving pans at the ready and enter the Preserves with Passion Awards 2018!

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