Winter Newsletter 2018


Sunday 10th March, 2019 – 2.30 pm start – When we are delighted to have the company of NICK BAILEY BBC Gardeners’ World Presenter, Horticulturalist and Garden Designer with his new talk ‘Revive your garden’.

For more details on the location, date and how to book tickets, please see the Event Page.


Chairman Richard Tabor welcomed all the members to the 42nd AGM , then read his yearly report , as follows:-

I’m pleased to say that new membership continues to slowly rise, and we are now just short of 100 clubs. Do make sure that your fellow members in your own clubs access our Federation website to keep up to date with what is happening in the county. Of course there are also our Newsletters, which I hope are circulated to all your members.

In the summer, on a beautiful afternoon, we organised our annual visit to Shalford House, Kingsley Green, which was a special opening just for us by kind permission of Sir Vernon Ellis, and although the number of members enjoying this wonderful garden was sadly down, we still raised £500 for Sir Vernon’s chosen charity, the M.S. Society.

I want to pay a tribute to our hardworking Committee for their work on that day and throughout the year. I would also like to pay tribute to Daphne and John Foulsham for their help to the Federation. As you know, after the AGM we have our quiz, and I would like to thank Brian Deaville for yet again organising all the questions.

Treasurer’s Report.

A copy of the audited accounts was circulated and agreed by members.

Katharine reported that the Federation currently has £5,031.13 in hand. The total Income for the past year was £1,992.00 made up of Subscriptions and Donations from clubs, Spring Talk entry tickets and raffles. Expenditure was £1,663.48 so the net result was a surplus of £328.52 for the year. In view of these figures we propose no increase in subscriptions yet again for 2019. Katharine then gave her thanks to auditor John Manches for examining the books for 2017-18.

Election of Officers and Council Members. In Daphne’s absence Janet said that this year she is within term as Secretary. The Chairman and Treasurer had completed their three years but had offered to stand again, and so had all the Council Members (who stand for a single year at a time) who are Anne Bradbeer, Barbara Boyse, Nicky Cornell, Roy Lomax, Pam Lomax, Beth Otway, Jane Swift, and Paul Yeoman. All of these were proposed, seconded and agreed by all.

Secretary’s report on Future Events.

I am sure most of you watch ‘Gardener’s World’ (whether or not you like Monty Don) but for the Spring Talk this year we have another of the presenters, Nick Bailey with his new talk ‘Revive your Garden’. The date is Sunday 10th March, 2.30pm

It would be so nice to have a garden visit which is either in the centre or east of the county – please could clubs in that area let me know if there is anywhere suitable, though it will be hard to find such a beautiful garden as Shalford House.

Anne Bradbeer and I will again be representing the Federation at an RHS Meeting at Wisley on 6th November.

Our website has had 8514 hits so far this year and 20,000 since we set it up. We don’t include commercial events– this website is for your clubs to publicise what you do. Please could Secretaries still send me your events list for inclusion in the Newsletters, and some more of the Feedback Forms. Sadly only 12 clubs completed our survey and no-one has come up with a better venue than Normandy Hall, but we keep looking for somewhere more central. Thank you.

After the AGM 13 teams took part in the quiz, and the winners were the Judges and Lecturers, second were The Hardy Plant Society, and third place went to Merrow. The teams were presented with cheques, and prizes for audience winners.

OBITUARY – Vic Coe. By Alex Burke.

It is with regret we have to announce the sudden death of Vic Coe, a Vice President and registered Judge of the Daffodil Society, who was also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society judging and assessment team. He took over (and remained as) the Chairman of the Mid Southern Daffodil Society in 1998, and was an active judge officiating at a wide variety of local horticultural societies. His calm and efficient manner endeared him to his many friends and colleagues, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew and came into contact with him. Our condolences to his family at this difficult time.

SHF Chairman Richard Tabor adds: My late wife Mary and I served under his leadership with the Mid Southern Committee for many years so it’s personally a very sad loss to me. Many SHF club members have enjoyed the Daffodil Shows he presented at Cobham then Normandy, and the bulb sales at Virginia Water.


John Anderson, Keeper of the Royal Gardens (and formerly Head Gardener at Exbury Gardens), will be giving a special talk to Ewhurst Horticultural Society on Tuesday 12th March in the Ewhurst Village Hall, 7.30 for 8 pm entitled ‘Gardens of Windsor Great Park’. Visitors welcome – tickets £10 each from Anne Dyball on 01483-271812


A beautiful and classic example of the work of Gertrude Jekyll.
Open Days 2019: Sunday 17th March 2-4 pm – Daffodils and the music of Meridian Winds.
Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May 3-5 pm. Flowering trees and bluebells in the arboretum, plus music, dance and classic cars Sunday 7th July 2-5 pm, and then Heritage Day in September. Find them at Sat Nav SO18 3RR The Gregg School.


January 26th/27th – See poster sent. Your chance to buy over 130 varieties!


We have had a request from Rachel Allen who fundraises for The Therapy Garden, asking if any clubs/members have any unwanted new gardening gloves. They work with adults and teenages with learning difficulties, disabilities etc. and apparently their gloves often go out into the garden and don’t return! If you can help please either drop gloves into them (they are at the back of the Normandy Village Hall car park) or contact Rachel on 01483-813846 Thank you.


The SHF has been contacted by Fiona Smith, Projects and Events coordinator for the CWGC offering a speaking visit to clubs. She also says that they can arrange a guided tour of Brookwood Cemetery (the largest military cemetery in the UK) for groups, or you can just turn up on Sundays between now and Christmas at 2 pm and meet one of their volunteer guides. Costs for either a talk to your club, or special tours for a maximum of 50 people, for a donation of approx £30.

If you are interested, contact Fiona on 01628-507103 or email her:

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