EWELME HORTICULTUAL SOCIETY
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
THURSDAY 18TH APRIL 2013
The Horticultural Society has had another successful year even though we only held two events. These were the Plant Sale and the Village Show. Unfortunately the Skittles Evening had to be cancelled as there just wasn’t enough support. There wasn’t an Open gardens last year but we are having one this year on 30th June. We have had a lot of positive response from people in the village to open their gardens so all we can now hope for is good weather on the day!
The Plant sale in May raised nearly £700. This is all thanks to Michael Glasson who does a marvellous job with the organisation, proving a wide selection of good quality plants.
We all enjoyed the trip to Hidcote and Kiftsgate. The weather wasn’t particularly good. There were a few umbrella moments but the gardens were well worth a visit, as were the teas rooms!! There were lots of plant purchases to fill the coach, but the coach driver is our regular one each year so he knows what to expect from us!!!!
We had another wet day in June when we teamed up with the Elm Club to join the Street party for the Queens Diamond Jubilee.
The Village Show on August Bank Holiday continues to attract more people from out of Ewelme. This year we had more entries from surrounding villages and the winner of the Top Tray was actually from Watlington. This is encouraging for the future of The Show. It is a very costly day to run and it is the fund raising events during the year that helps to pay for it. This year we may experience a few baking nerves! We are having a Mary Berry Challenge which is going to be judged by the Queen of baking herself, Mary Berry. Mary will also open the Show for us.
It is with a massive thank you to Gemma Clive that we are lucky enough to have Mary Berry coming to our Show this year.
This year we have donated to millstream Centre, Ewelme School and bought 10 more trestle tables. We have also purchased and dedicated a memorial for George Cannon, which is now placed in the church. He was always a true devotee to our Show and is greatly missed.
We celebrated Christmas at the Home Sweet Home with much merriment and Christmas cheer.
We have had to say goodbye to a few committee members this year. Brian and Tina Thompson moved to dorset, and sadly Wallace Miners has resigned. He will be missed for his company and all the hard work he put into making our events successful.
Finally I need to say a massive thank you……To Gemma Clive for her continued support as our President. To Cynthia Winfield for her tireless role as secretary. To Michael Glasson for Show Organiser and Plant Sale king pin! Stuart and Tracy for the challenging role in the accounts department and Peter Lemaire for our computer genius! Not forgetting the time, hard work and commitment from all the committee members. The Horticultural Society wouldn’t continue without all of you and nor could I!