Autumn Newsletter 2019

INTER-CLUB QUIZ and A.G.M.

SUNDAY 17th November 2.30pm,
Normandy Hall, MANOR FARM, GLAZIERS LANE, NORMANDY, GUILDFORD, GU3 2DT
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 last 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. Team supporters and visitors from any club are welcome – money prizes for teams and prizes for the best answers from the audience! As Quizmaster Brian Deaville stood down last year we will have a new Quizmaster – maybe the questions will be easier?

Only five clubs have so far said they would like to take part in the quiz, but we have 17 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.

SPRING TALK – ADAM FROST – 7.30 pm on Thursday 26th March, 2020 – Note Change of Date

Venue: Normandy Hall

Sorry about this, but because a ……….. computer chose to put a message from the SHF in Junk Mail, our date for the Spring Talk has had to be changed. It will now have to be an evening talk, as above, but we are sure that it will be worth waiting for. It is entitled ‘Adam’s Journey’ and will cover his life in horticulture from a young boy to a Chelsea garden designer. Please change the date in your diaries now!

At the AGM/Quiz we will have tickets available, £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 full details

SUMMER GARDEN VISIT – Shamley Green Estate.

Maybe because there were a lot of other events, gardens open etc. on the same day, but yet again our numbers were down and we only had just under 100 visitors on the day. This was such a shame as the owners have created a very beautiful garden, with lawns sloping away from the house and views on that side right down to the coast, and on the other side to the North Downs. The rose garden was at its best, and we managed to avoid all the heavy showers!

However, the members who came were delighted with both the garden and the fantastic home-made cakes which they had provided so it was all worth the effort, as we raised £500 for the owner’s charity (the National Garden Scheme) which they were very pleased with. As they said, the garden is a work in progress, and we will be welcome again in a few years’ time to see what else they have done.

NEXT YEAR

We have been invited back to see our President Daphne Foulsham’s beautiful garden, Vale End, Chilworth. She no longer opens for the NGS so this will be your only chance to come and have a look – or another look if you came before with the SHF but this was in 2009! We hope to make this a ‘double-bill’ with a garden at Wonersh which also has been open for the NGS but is now only going to be open for groups. Date to be Sunday 21st June 2020. Full details at AGM.

JUDGES AND LECTURER’S LISTS.

The new 2020-21 Judges and Lecturer’s lists will be available very shortly, so if you wish to pay for your 2020 subscription early to get these lists, there is a copy invoice attached. Unfortunately there aren’t lots of new lecturers, but it is good to have an up to date copy!

The Guild is looking for a new Secretary next year – just two Committee Meetings a year and the AGM in March.
All the meetings are at the moment held in the Ash area. Anyone interested should have basic computer knowledge so if anyone you know is interested please contact Geoff Peach (Chairman) 01252-702199 or Sheila Rapley (as below.)

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: www.surreyhorticulturaljudgesandlecturers.co.uk

We don’t know whether he is joining the Guild, but we have details of illustrated talks by David Hunt, who is a long-term National Trust enthusiast and visits many areas of countryside and coastline as well as houses and gardens. Contact him on 01252-879332 or email david.hunt@bcs.org.uk

MID SOUTHERN DAFFODIL SOC. – BULB SALE: SUNDAY 6TH OCTOBER –

New venue, now at the Gardeners Hall, 213 St. Leonards Road, Windsor, SL4 3DR

Starts at 12.45, when a varied selection of cultivars at reasonable prices will be available to suit all exhibitors. Talk follows.

DATE of Council Meeting: 18th October

At the Onslow Village Hall (Guildford) Committee Room

PRESERVES WITH PASSION AWARDS 2019 – SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER.

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 2019. 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.
The winner will also receive a year’s sub. to the Surrey Life magazine and a meal for two at The Castle Inn, Chiddingstone.

The awards will take place at Local Food Britain’s Countryside Food Festival on Saturday, September 14th at Nutfield’s
Priory Farm. If your members would like to enter, they need to fill in the online form before that date (it’s free).
Here is the link http://localfoodbritain.com/preserves-with-passion-entry-form/ After that they can then take their entries to the Preserves with Passion area, at the food festival by 12 noon at the latest (gates open at 10am).

Entries to the Preserves with Passion awards need to contain locally grown produce, cooks using their own special recipes to create jams, jellies, chutneys and savoury marmalades. It can be a recipe handed down through the generations, a modern twist on a classic, a spicy combination or sophisticated in its simplicity. The entries will include There will also be a separate category for best preserve made by home chefs under the age of 16.

CIDER MAKING

Do you have a surplus of apples? The Garden Cider Company makes a range of craft ciders at their farm in Chiddingfold, all from 100% donated apples. Members donate their apples in exchange for a share of the cider – some bring just a carrier bag full, others several tons! All varieties acceptable in good condition, including windfalls.
For full details see their website www.thegardencidercompany.co.uk/how-it-works/4593598361 or contact Lisa Wright on 01428-645191 or 07776-301845

SURREY HORTICULTURAL FEDERATION – 43rd A.G.M.

Sunday 17th November – Normandy Hall 2.30pm

AGENDA

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.
2. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING.
3. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES.
4. CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT.
5. TREASURER’S REPORT.
6. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
7. FUTURE EVENTS.
8. ANY OTHER BUSINESS – Please contact Secretary if there is anything you would like to raise.

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